More than 15- thousand people are expected to participate in the 31st LGBT Pride parade and rally Saturday in Northampton, Massachusetts. This year, LGBT Advocates have special cause to celebrate.
JM Sorell, an organizer with NohoPride, says the Pride parade has always been about fighting for equal rights, but President’s Obama’s endorsement of equal marriage rights this week means, this year, the event will be less a call to action and more of –
” A party! It will translate to people just feeling a heighted sense of unity and hope.,” Sorell said. “That hasn’t been the case every year in the last 31 years.”
The one-mile parade will begin in downtown Northampton at noon and end at the city’s Fairgrounds. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the city’s first openly gay mayor, will address the crowd at the rally to follow.