New Orleans Pride parade 2019 was great and these pics prove it
New Orleans Pride 2019. | Photo: Instagram/@wanderlustladies
New Orleans came out to celebrate the LGBTI community in Louisiana on the annual night march on 8 June.
The theme for 2019 was One CommUNITY. Pride raised money for its chapter of Stand For The Silent, which focuses on ending bullying, and the pride festival and parade the following year.
The march went ahead peacefully despite some safety concerns leading to the arrest of a 25-year-old who was carrying a rifle and a handgun near the parade. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
When was the first New Orleans Pride?
One of the biggest Pride events on the Gulf of Mexico, the 2017 New Orleans Pride Festival was the largest Pride to ever take place in Louisiana. According to its website, more than 35 events took place over a three-day weekend, attracting 82,000 participants.
While the first LGBTI event in the city was a picnic in 1971, the first street parade was held only in 1980.
The event then event moved to Armstrong Park the following year. Moreover, that first event was emceed by New Orleans native and lesbian icon Ellen DeGeneres.
New Orleans Pride
This year, New Orleans Pride saw 24 floats, 60 marching groups, and over 3500 participants taking to the streets of Windy City.
NOLA Pride parade began at 7:30pm at the Marigny and the French Quarter, then continued through the historic district and finishing at French Market.