Cleveland Pride parade and festivities return after cancellation in 2016

Cleveland Pride parade and festivities return after cancellation in 2016
Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 13:30:30-04

After cancelling in 2016, organizers brought the Cleveland Pride parade and other festivities back to the city on June 24.

At the time of the cancellation, board CEO and president Todd J. Saporito said publicly that the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando brought up security concerns.

“Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment," read a press release. "Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally and festival this year.”

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By June 2017, concerns about security had apparently been laid to rest. The festival got underway at Voinovich Park at 11 a.m., with hundreds of people eagerly waiting for gates to open.

Vendors lined the roads leading to Voinovich Park, site of the Cleveland Pride festival.

The parade staging area at Public Square buzzed with music and energy before the parade set off at noon. A wide range of organizations took part, with corporations like Giant Eagle (below) comprising many of the larger contingents.

A number of churches marched in the parade, emphasizing messages of inclusion.

USBank had one of the larger groups marching in the parade. Below, two employees wait for the parade to start.

The weather on Saturday was ideal for the Cleveland Pride parade and festival.

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