Saturday May 7, 2016 marked the 35th anniversary of the NoHo Pride parade. When I awoke in the morning the weather channel said it would be cloudy with a "chance" of occasional showers. The drive there was dry. After parking the car I headed to my favorite Northampton shop, Faces. The second I left the store it began to down pour. I instantly went into panic mode. "How am I going to photograph the parade and not ruin my camera?", "How am I going to get shots of smiling faces, when rain is smacking them in the face?". Then I thought, "The bridge!". Somehow I managed to be one of the only photographers under that bridge. The parade started, and finally the rain ceased! My worries diminished.
Despite the rain, the parade had a huge turnout, and the events at the fairgrounds did as well. The live entertainers were amazing as usual. There was a designated area for the deaf and hearing impaired, and interpreters that sign the entire show for them, which is incredible. It's beautiful that they create a show the entire family can enjoy.
Leaving the parade every year I'm overwhelmed by the love and support of their community. I'm thankful to live near such a community. The anti-LGBT laws that have been plaguing Mississippi, North Carolina, and Alabama are a cultural shock within one country.
I've included a sample of some of the photos I took at the parade, but for the full album, click here.