It’s hard to get more colorful than the Atlanta (LGBTQ) Pride parade, with its giant rainbow flag. In 2015 we watched the parade coming up Peachtree Street from an upstairs window on the front of the building. Here’s the flag approaching —
We missed the next 2 years’ parades while traveling, but were in town for the last fall’s parade. This time I went down to street level — here comes the October 2018 parade.A little recent history (thanks to Wikipedia) In June 2015, The MoMA – the Museum of Modern Art in New York – acquired the rainbow flag symbol as part of its design collection. Later that month, the White House used rainbow flag colors for illumination to commemorate same-sex marriage legalization in all 50 U.S. states.
I’m not usually a fan of crowds and noise, but energy and solidarity and goodwill were running high, and it was a joy to be there. Of course it didn’t hurt that they were serving rainbow-iced cupcakes downstairs in the lobby.
I have to admit that after years of seeing rainbow flags, it was just a few months ago — at the Rainbow Crosswalk at 10th and Piedmont no less — that I stared at the pavement and suddenly realized, “There are 7 colors in a rainbow but only 6 colors here! Why?” (if you’re curious, Wikipedia can help with that too)
When I was a child there was a song called “I Love a Parade” my grandmother and her friends used to refer to. Now that I live on a parade-street, I’m beginning to see what they were talking about.
Do you love a parade?
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow Colors
Atlanta Pride: History
Rainbow Colors: Symbolism
What an amazing parade. Quite a sight to see the flag coming down the street. It is amazing to see so many participants each year coming out to support the freedom to express our identities as we want to. That is an interesting observation here at the end, that there is one colour short (is it blue? Indigo? They look similar). Maybe one day we will see the other colour just like how LGBTQ has become much longer to LGBTQIA+ over the years. I like the festive atmosphere that comes with parades, especially the feeling where everyone is having fun.
I’m so glad I ignored the noise-factor and went down to the street level. Everyone cheered and waved and called “Happy Pride”- windows and balconies displayed rainbow flags too. The energy and support and acceptance of everyone was especially noticeable in such a politically divisive time. I thought the rainbow color missing was indigo, but when I looked it up, it seems they had originally included even more colors but had whittled it down to 7 for the flag, and the 7th flag color was turquoise, which was eliminated.
That flag is already big as it is, so I guess that would make sense why it was one colour short of the rainbow. Such a lovely atmosphere there, where everyone is included and hopefully this energy continues.
Me too! Can’t wait for next year’s parade.
That is a beautiful flag. Looks like it was a good day too. 😀
Yes, a really good day – thanks for commenting!
I’m not a crowd-lover, but this looks like a lot of fun! We lived right on the route of the DC pride parade a few years ago but after a brief viewing on the street, I slunk into the building to watch from my patio. Good for you for getting into the thick of things!
Yes, really exhilarating. We are definitely in the thick of things in this neighborhood — good term, I hadn’t thought of it. (but my earplugs came in handy)