Saturday, June 16, 2012 • 3:30PM
Charles Street from Mt. Vernon Place to Chase Street
Rain or Shine
Hundreds of proud Baltimoreans showed up for the 2012 Pride Parade. The Parade kicked off at the corners of Monument and Charles streets in Mount Vernon, and traveled four blocks north up Charles Street to Chase Street.
Dykes on Bikes kicked off the Parade again this year, followed by dozens of floats, cars, walkers, and performers.
Some new faces included the Charm City Pedal Bike, a 12-person “bike” that carries people through Baltimore. A three-hour bar crawl on the Charm City Pedal Bike was auctioned off at the Twilight on the Terrace fundraiser the previous evening.
Onlookers also had a chance to catch Turtle Creek Fitness t-shirts, which the sports and fitness group tossed into the crowds. Pride Parade Coordinator Don Young hinted that one was hiding a special surprise!
Emcees, Grand Marshalls, and Judges (oh my!)
This year’s Parade was emceed by organizer Don Young—who has been coordinating the Parade for the last three years—along with Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy, Shawnna Alexander.
“I always get excited when the month of June comes around,” said Young. “It is not only summertime and time for the beach and cookouts, but it is time to shine for Pride!”
This year’s Pride Parade Grand Marshall was PFLAG’s June Horner.
“I am pleased beyond measure or words to be chosen for this honor,” said Horner, who founded PFLAG Baltimore in 1984, the year she learned her son was gay. Within a year, the nascent chapter had 60 paying member and a mailing list of some 300 names.
In 1994, Horner was one of the founding members of the Columbia-Howard County chapter, which was started by Colette Roberts and Linda Linton.
“The chapter is going strong today and doing good work,” said Horner. “I continue to work as a member of the steering committee.” Then in 2011, Horner worked with Carroll County residents to establish PFLAG Westminster-Carroll County.
Judging the Pride Parade this year was Head Judges Bob Viau and Sandy Freed, with the talents of Jeremy Freed, Vernon Brewer and a guest judge from the GLCCB: Denise Duarte. They reviewed the entries based on crowd appeal, best design, and overall participation. The winners received trophies.
Baltimore Pride Parade 2012 photos by Anthony Moll
Baltimore Pride Parade 2012 photos by John Kardys (www.jkardysphotos.com)