Thousands at Portland’s Annual Gay Pride Parade Celebrate Diversity

A Motor Cycle Group Started the Parade at Noon with a Roar of Affirmation from the Crowd.

Portland Public School Were Well Represented in the Parade for the Third Year.

The Animal League of Westbrook was Present in the Parade as Well.  In the Backseat is a Whimsical  Cat – A Reminder of all the  Felines up for Adoption to Good  Homes at this Non-profit.

Joey Brunelle, Marched in the Parade With a Large Contingent of Supporters. (In the Front Right in the Pink Shirt.)

The annual Gay Pride Parade attracted many thousands to downtown Portland today as they came out to celebrate diversity.  The Parade began on Congress Street at Monument Square and proceeded  downtown  passing Congress Square Park – to High Street where it led into Deering Oaks Park for its festival.

It was a good day for a Parade.  Temperatures fluctuated between the high 60s to the low 70s.  The slightly dreary skies eventually succumbed  to sunshine – a welcome relief from the rainy weather Portland has endured this spring.

With several local elections upcoming in the Fall, there were candidates in the Parade.  Joey Brunelle, running for the At-Large Seat of incumbent Jill Duson marched with numerous supporters in the Parade. He’s been working for many months to get his message out.  Bree LaCasse, a new entry in the same race, also participated with her Immediate Family.

Although he’s not up for re-election yet, Mayor Ethan Strimling was walking along the sidelines with his mother visiting from California.  (See below right photo of Joey Brunelle.)

For the third year, the Portland Public Schools participated in the Parade.  The intent was to send an important message to all “students, staff, families and the public that the district works to foster harmony and understanding and that it welcomes and values everyone in the Portland Public Schools,” according to a press release issued recently by the school department.  (See above left photo.)

No members of the City Council were seen at the Parade.  Bummer!

Gay Pride Flags can still be purchased at The Paper Patch, 21 Exchange Street, in the Old Port of Portland.  They are 5 ft. x 3 ft. and cost $9.95 plus tax.   There are still a few left!

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