Inside Pride III

Washington State shows up as one of the friendliest gay and lesbian campground, “partying it up as only campers can,” Ryan DeLuca laughs as bubbles are blown out of a tent and water guns shoot into the hot afternoon. Balloons in all colours are everywhere, men in rainbow coloured underwear boogie to club music on the back of semi trucks, rainbow feathered boas are thrown over shoulders, and everywhere on either side of the barricade people are dancing.

When the parade finishes, Novus heads down to Sunset Beach to check out the second annual big festival grounds. When asked by Ryan what pride means, answers you would find from Miss Universe contestants through to masters of enlightenment are given, two examples being: “accepting and loving yourself, and if everybody did that…then everybody would accept each other,” and “seeing a lot of happy people…the more knowledge people have the less fear they have.”

Parade Director Ken Coolen expounds upon how the parade can incorporate all the different elements involved with pride. Gilbert Baker, the creator of the rainbow flag, 1978, is there for his first time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pride Parade which also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the rainbow flag. With a stunning day, half a million people at the festival, and 165 entries in the parade,the Vancouver Pride Festival is on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest festivals of its kind. 

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