Community shows up for Pride Parade despite intense heat

July 20, 2019 08:56 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Scores of people turned out for the Rochester Pride Parade Saturday, despite the heat.

They celebrated an important milestone, but at the same time they're out and they're proud and inviting the rest of the community to accept who they are.


"This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which were technically the first pride gathering," said parade goer John Reynolds.

While there was lots of revelry and fun, this parade marks what many consider the beginning of activism among people who are gay, lesbian, and transgender.

And today that history isn't far from the minds of parade-goers. But at the same time, parade-goers could not escape the reality of the heat

Some people prepared for the hot day with personal fans and water spray bottles. Organizers also prepared with water stations along the parade path.

For Sophie Schreck and Lita Tambe, it was worth bearing whatever to be here.

"It's gay pride you have to show up," said Tambe.

"This is my first chance at being at a pride parade," said Schreck. "So of course I'm going to be here."

Despite the heat, many people were decked out in pride colors, even flags.

Everyone in the crowd knew why this event was important, but also how to stay safe in hot weather.


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