Why Pride Fest is Good for Community

By 9:30 a.m. Knoxville promised a clear sky as people began lining up and down Gay St. We all knew the sunshine wasn’t going to stay, the clouds began rolling in by morning and the previous night had seen a nasty thunderstorm. Despite this the crowd remained ecstatic. Everyone was dressed in their brightest clothes and strutted around like glitter-soaked peacocks for the event.

The parade started around 10:30 a.m. and was led by some mayoral candidate (I didn’t bother noting which one) and was followed by a convoy of activist organizations, churches, companies and array of different floats of all flavors. No single parade float out-shined the others but instead seemed to keep crowd enthused the entire time, being just long enough not to drag on. Read More »

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