Pride Parade Fills Main Drag in Superior

“Everybody’s human, we’re all the same family,” said Amy Hill.

For the 29th year pride paraded down Tower Avenue in Superior.

“It’s all about having fun and being able to be accepted no matter how outrageous you want to be and whoever you are,” Duluth Superior Pride public relations coordinator Gabriel Dee said.

“It’s fun, it’s fun every year,” said Hill.

About 50 floats had drag queens, derby girls and LGBT Elders, to name a few.

“It’s important for young people to know that indeed gay people do get old and we’re still who we are,” LGBT Elders member Shirley Duke said.

They walked, danced and glided, promoting diversity.

“When I was in college in the 60’s there was nothing, no place to go,” said Duke. “It was you went to your therapist and that’s all there was.”

Spectators from all over and every sexual orientation lined the main drag.

“It’s really important to the youth as well to show that acceptance and that support,” said Jamie Schwartz from Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

“I didn’t expect a lot of people here,” said former Minnesota Viking and Green Bay Packer Esera Tuaolo. “Wow you look around you and it’s absolutely amazing.”

Tuaolo announced that he was gay in 2002 and knows the importance of events like the Pride Parade.

“I know a lot of people that are 6 feet under because of living with the stress and depression and anxiety and all of that and not being able to be true to themselves,” said Tuaolo.

This parade and other events from Pride Weekend will also bring an economic boost to the Twin Ports.

“The city has acknowledged the huge impact on our community and it’s a lot of money that we bring in,” said Dee.

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