Monday, June 9, 2014

Photos: Utah Pride Parade 2014

Utah Pride Parade

Utah's Pride Festival rolled into downtown Salt Lake City this weekend and once again, organizers could not have asked for better weather. That's great for attendees but not so great for pictures, so I (again) apologize for how washed out some of these look.

Utah Pride Parade

This year's grand marshalls were the three couples who challenged Utah's amendment 3, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Federal Judge Robert Shelby ruled in the couples' favor in December, beginning a 17-day period when same-sex marriages were legal in the state, before a stay of Shelby's ruling was upheld by the Supreme Court pending appeal.

The three couples were joined at the head of the parade by some of the Utahns that were married during that 17-day period, many of whom carried signs listing their wedding date and how long they had been together.

Utah Pride Parade

A Boy Scout Troop was also present to serve as color guard.

Utah Pride Parade

Two separate groups of members from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in the event: Mormons building bridges, which is consistently the largest entry in the parade,

Utah Pride Parade

as well as Mormons for Equality

Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Parade

Both SLC mayors were present: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Utah Pride Parade

and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

Utah Pride Parade

University of Utah, Westminster College and Weber State University all had floats in the parade, and WSU President Charles Wight sported a purple and white headdress for his school's entry. (Rear left of photo above).

Utah Pride Parade

A small group of protesters was present at the start of the parade. This man was actually pretty game, standing in the center of the street while the MCs read of his list of persons destined for hell, with parade attendees cheering at the various descriptors they self-associate with. He was then hugged by a small group of parade-goers.

Utah Pride Parade

These colorful balloon blossoms were a very popular feature this year.

Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Parade

This group performed "Keep It Gay" from the Producers. I wasn't able to get him in the frame but they made sure to have a singing, dancing, rainbow flag-waving Hitler as part of their entry.

Utah Pride Parade
Utah Pride Parade

Flag twirlers from West High School

Utah Pride Parade

QUAC - The Queer Utah Aquatic Club

Utah Pride Parade     Utah Pride Parade

The final entry consisted of the largest flag I've ever seen (I'd wager it stretched from one intersection to the other, but I couldn't get high enough to see) and accumulated donated money thrown from the watching crowds as it passed by.

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