CLAYTON, CA (May 19, 2022) — Clayton Pride is planning the town’s first Pride Parade, joining thousands of communities across the country and the world in celebrating Gay Pride Month in June.
Clayton Pride, a recently formed group of local residents, has scheduled the parade down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25. It will be replete with floats, dancers, city officials and other parade requisites. With the theme “Every Color in the Rainbow,” everyone is invited to dress colorfully.
Festivities will include face painting and a photo booth in The Grove, along with information tables from local organizations that support Clayton Pride’s mission of working to help all people thrive as healthy and equal members of a culturally rich, inclusive and diverse community. The group is especially mindful of the need to support LGBTQ youth, whose suicide rate is four times higher than their peers.
The Pride movement seeks respect and equity for all. Gay Pride Month has more recently expanded to LGBTQQIA+ Pride Month. (For the record: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual plus.)
Anyone interested in marching in the parade, setting up a booth, volunteering or sponsoring the event can visit claytonpride.org. June 11 is the deadline for submitting an application to participate.
Pamela Michael is a writer and communications specialist who has lived in Curry Canyon for twenty years.