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ROTC-SLC Rocks Vegas

The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Salt Lake City have done it again. For the fourth year in a row they’ve brought home awards from Las Vegas Pride.

This year, it was the laurels for best noncommercial marching unit.

“This is our fourth year going down and our fourth time bringing back an award,” said co-founder Logan Brueck. “So we’re four for four right now.”

In 2007, the group took second place overall because, said Brueck, the marchers did not have lights on their batons, riffles or flags. The addition of lights made them a shoe-in for the top prize in 2008, and the award for best use of lights last year.

This year, the gay-friendly Utah color guard — which is open to members of all sexual orientations and gender identities — took 32 marchers to Sin City, its biggest Vegas contingent so far. This included, said Brueck, five out of state members from California, New Mexico, Alabama and Florida. In the Friday night parade, they marched to the beats of a remix of the classic song “We Are Family” by ROTC-SLC sound designer, David Nielsen. The parade contained 63 other floats and marchers, which included several Vegas gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups.

The color guard performed a stage version of the “We Are Family” routine Saturday on the festival’s main stage. The performance also included a baton duet to “Proud Mary” and a routine set to “Shake Your Grove Thing.”

“It was just a great time,” said Brueck. “Vegas Pride is small but very interesting. The night parade makes it really unique. The crowd was just—it gets wild.”

ROTC-SLC is a regular fixture in the Utah Pride Parade, where its members will again march this year. They are also scheduled to participate in Denver’s Pride Festival, which will be held June 19 and 20.

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