Over a dozen people and several canines left the corner of Second South and Second West in Salt Lake City Sunday at 10 a.m. — the time and place the official Utah Pride Parade would have kicked off — saying the Parade must go on.
Many of those who marched are the very organizers who had to make the tough decision to postpone the Parade, along with the Utah Pride Festival, to September because of restrictions due to the Coronavirus.
“It’s raining, but we are still here celebrating Pride, because it’s Pride Weekend, dammit,” said June Hiatt, who streamed their parade live on Facebook.
“This would have been my ninth parade and festival,” Bek Birkett said. “I realized there was nowhere else I would want to be this morning.”
“Hail, thunder, and lighting hasn’t stopped us before and it’s not going to stop us now,” said Michael Bryant. “Happy Pride everyone.”
The group did the entire route the Parade was originally planned to span, from Second West to Fourth East along Second South.