Gay Military Service Members To Lead Honolulu Pride Parade Color Guard

The Honolulu Pride Parade has a new and groundbreaking reason to be proud this year. The annual parade will be led, for the first time ever, by a military color guard. This exciting breakthrough in civil rights came with the repeal of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. This year the parade will be led by active-duty service members who are also part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They will proudly carry flags from their branches of service as the parade makes it’s way through Honolulu and Waikiki.

Honolulu Pride Parade & Festivities

The Pride Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Magic Island across the street from Ala Moana Shopping center on Saturday, June 2 and will travel down Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki. Ending in Kapiolani Park around 11:00, the celebration continues through the afternoon with good food, live entertainment, LGBT community groups, and even a bounce house. This year’s parade is themed “Time 2 Get Equal” and could not be more fitting. Along with the civil victory of the repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the LGBT community was ecstatic about President Obama’s support of equal marriage rights back in May. Honolulu Pride was so thrilled they have named the President as the parade’s Grand Marshal.
The President’s support of equal marriage rights is paired with the unanimous decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals that the Defense of Marriage Act, which has been denying federal benefits to same-sex married couples, is unconstitutional. With so much to celebrate, this year’s festival will be the biggest and best ever. If you’re going to be in Waikiki this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for the parade and be sure to check out the festivities at Kapiolani Park!

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