With more than 90 entries for the 2011 Utah Pride Parade, this year’s event is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, Logan Brueck, the parade director, said.
Brueck is a Pride Parade veteran and this is the fifth parade he has helped plan.
“At first, I was hesitant and I must confess very nervous about the whole thing but somehow I knew that it would be my chance to contribute my love and passion for parades and benefit the community also,” Brueck said.
The Pride Parade is more than just an opportunity to decorate cars and look fabulous, he said. The parade is an opportunity to feel unity and enjoy being part of something bigger than just an individual.
“In addition to be a fabulous, moving block party, with a hint of a peaceful demonstration of individuality. There is something incredibly powerful about a procession of like-minded individuals down our city’s streets saying, ‘We love who we are,’” Brueck said.
The Pride Festival and parade continue to grow each year and in 2007, there were only 75 floats, he said. Nearing a growth of 25 percent in five years, the parade is attracting larger and larger crowds.
This year, the parade route will be changed to flow down 200 South from 400 East to West Temple. The change is designed to de-clog the starting area and make the entire route one long procession, Brueck said.
“I like the fact that we have a long straight shot; it’s exciting to see a mass of people, colors and sound coming at you,” Brueck said.
This year, the judge’s stand will be on State Street and 200 South, so the prime viewing areas will be centered on that section of the route.
The parade takes enormous amount of time and energy to plan. All the floats must flow in a logical order and there are all sorts of factors such as sound, lineup and convenience, he said.
“You have to look at all of the entries and puzzle it together to a finished project, looking at things like: do they have music and how loud are they? Is it a float or walking? Can this group buffer the sound from the float ahead of them?” Brueck said.
Brueck and his volunteers play a key role in planning and executing the second largest parade in the state.
“The parade is also a great way to find out what’s going on in our community and party at the same time. You get to see and maybe find an organization that you would like to become a part of,” he said.