Delaware Pleasure Pageant kicks off Pleasure Month with its new parade – The Information Journal

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The parade was held in Dover to kick off the Delaware Pleasure Pageant
Jeanne Kuang, The Information Journal

Final yr, when she graduated from Dover Excessive College, Hailey Foster hid a rainbow LGBT satisfaction flag in her robe to unveil on the ceremony, regardless of being discouraged to take action by college officers.

“I needed to symbolize myself,” she mentioned Saturday morning, as her fellow LGBT Delawareans and their supporters marched previous her, showering her in rainbow stickers and bracelets in the course of the Delaware Pleasure Pageant’s first Pleasure Parade.

She and Geena Helpful, of Camden, mentioned they had been pumped for the parade, which kicked off this yr’s pageant in Dover. 

“I am right here to be brazenly homosexual and have nobody disgrace me for it,” Helpful mentioned, affixing a sticker to her cheek.

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Hailey Foster, left, of Dover and Geena Helpful of Camden have fun Delaware’s first Pleasure Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019 (Picture: Jeanne Kuang/The Information Journal)

Organizers moved the pageant from August to June this yr, to coincide with nationwide Pleasure Month celebrations and the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

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Thirty-eight teams marched within the parade, from Delmarva Energy to neighborhood facilities to curler derby groups, in response to Delaware Pleasure president Steve Newman. They made their manner by means of downtown Dover to the statehouse, with pageant attendees gathering alongside the route. 

The Pleasure Pageant held its first occasion in Wilmington in 1998, with a number of hundred attendees, Newman mentioned. It is moved to Rehoboth Seaside and Dover and now attracts 1000’s. 

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Downtown Dover is decked in rainbow colours throughout Delaware’s first Pleasure Parade on June 1, 2019 (Picture: Jeanne Kuang/The Information Journal)

Newman mentioned it is vital for LGBT individuals to take care of visibility amid authorities actions relating to LGBT points.

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“It is enjoyable to do the parade, and it reveals those that we’re identical to all people else,” mentioned Marcia Kratz, a member of Rehoboth TransLiance, a social group for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.

Youth teams had a robust presence on the parade.

Participants prepare for the first Delaware Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Participants prepare for the first Delaware Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Members of the Diamond State Roller Derby prepare for Delaware's first Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Participants prepare for the first Delaware Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Drag performers participate in Camp Rehoboth Community Center's caravan in Delaware's first Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Drag performer Ivy Blue Austin of Rehoboth Beach shows off LGBT pride colors in Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019

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Downtown Dover is decked in rainbow colors during Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019

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Southern Delaware Roller Derby members skate through Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019 in downtown Dover

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Hailey Foster, left, of Dover and Geena Handy of Camden celebrate Delaware's first Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Youth members of the Wilmington Walnut Street YMCA's Essence Legacy Drill Team participate in Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019

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Tierre Waters, center, drums up a beat for marchers in Delaware's first Pride Parade in downtown Dover on June 1, 2019

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Kenneth Frazier, center, an instructor for the Walnut Street YMCA's Essence Legacy Drill Team, leads dancers in Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019

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Marisa River, left, of Dover poses for a picture with Rehoboth Beach drag performer Ivy Blue Austin at Delaware's first Pride Parade on June 1, 2019

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Madeline Porter of Wilmington displays a rainbow flag during Delaware Pride Festival in Dover on June 1, 2019

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Southern Delaware Roller Derby members Sara Mussari, aka Betty, and Emma Powell, aka Terror, show off their pride flags after a skating display in downtown Dover during Delaware Pride Festival.

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John Eichler, a Dover Excessive senior, mentioned he began the varsity’s Homosexual-Straight Alliance membership two years in the past. A couple of dozen of his classmates marched with him on Saturday. 

“I am so completely happy to be right here; it is historic for Delaware,” Eichler mentioned. 

Behind him, the festive drums and chants of the Essence Legacy Drill Group introduced up the rear of the parade. The staff, a program of the Walnut Avenue YMCA in Wilmington, drew cheers from the gang.

Director Wes-Lay Favors mentioned the parade was a technique to expose Wilmington youth to a various crowd. 

“Whether or not you are a part of the neighborhood or an ally, it is an important expertise,” she mentioned. 

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Because the staff started to bop on the street, they had been joined impromptu by Rehoboth Seaside drag queen Ivy Blue Austin. The drums, Austin mentioned, had been laborious to withstand: “They’re calling my identify.”

Contact Jeanne Kuang at jkuang@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2476. Comply with her on Twitter at @JeanneKuang.

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