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The following is a journal entry by F of her experience of Providence Pride 2010

O borrows rainbow

Pride water stop 2010

June 19, 2010 Saturday 10:59PM

We got home an hour ago from the Pride Parade. I can’t wait till next year because that was so much fun!
They marched right down Weybosset Street in front of Beneficent Church. Olivia and I had just come from our Rhode Island Children’s Chorus concert and we were still in uniform.
I poured water for all the funky people dancing past. It’s one of the most amazing and beautiful things I’ve ever seen. People can show their true colors and be themselves. It was uplifting to see all the people so happy. There was dancing and cheering. Pat, a lady from my church, had on a rainbow hat. I put a glowstick around my head like a halo. There were some scantily clad dudes on a gigantic truck with “Bad Romance” playing. There were marching bands, acrobats, and drag queens. Some people were just marching. Posters and shirts said “EQUALITY” and “JUSTICE”. Necklaces, tattoos, and candy were thrown from floats. Daddy got nailed in the head with a bag of chips.
People said, “THANK YOU” to Olivia and me a lot when we poured water. This one dude was like, “Thank you SOOOO MUCH! I absolutely LOVE you guys!”
There was, also, this random dude on roller blades with a flashing airplane on his head.
The police had the streets blocked off and people were dancing, chatting, and just having pride. You could just let go and be yourself. You didn’t have to masquerade or put on a facade. All you had to do was let your soul shine through.
There was some protest there, too. Marriage equality banners were prominent.
I can’t wait till next year!

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