NC Pride is this weekend. It marks the 25th anniversary of this celebration. Of course the main event is the Parade at 1pm today. But there are speeches, festival grounds, food, vendors, booths, and lots of fun to be had. I'm about to head over to NC Pride, check out what is going on, and then volunteer at the Equality NC booth for a while.
I would argue that it is important for as many people to turn out to this parade and rally as possible, because it is the first one since prop 8 & the protests, and it is important to see this as not only a good time, but also a large political rally with a positive message. I also want to take a second to share some info on the Parade Marshall Mark Kleinschmidt, a Chapel Hill town councilman who is running for mayor, and for whom I am the campaign's volunteer coordinator:
Canvassing – Walking Ridgefield - Sunday - End Pride Weekend with Action!
Mark Kleinschmidt for Mayor
Please consider supporting the campaign with a vote, by telling a friend, and most especially volunteering! (if you need extra motivation, watch the video below)
Another person you might see at Pride, is also a poster on BlueNC, Pam Spaulding of Pam's House Blend. She's the keynote address giver.
So I encourage anyone to come if you can make it, all the directions & info on parking can be found on ncpride.org & I'll try to write up a little bit about my experience later today after I'm back.
Also, just so no one thinks that if they can't make it to Durham that they can't enjoy the fun, here is a list of events from all over the triangle & the state: http://ncpride.org/pride/pride2009/schedule-all-events.php
BlueNC is dedicated to making North Carolina a more progressive and prosperous state. If your intention is to disrupt this effort, please find somewhere else to express your opinions.