“Like fingers on a hand … We are all different and unique. We are all of equal value. We are all created to work together. And although we appear separate, we are all linked to – and a part of – each other.”
On the first day of the new millennium, a Key West Artist started printing and handing out free ONE HUMAN FAMILY stickers. It was unanimously adopted as the inclusive philosophy of the city of Key West. More than 1 million stickers have been sent worldwide and ONE HUMAN FAMILY has become an international grass-roots movement to unite all people and guarantee everyone equal rights, dignity and respect. (Words courtesy of ONE HUMAN FAMILY website).
The ONE HUMAN FAMILY theme was a big part of this year’s Key West Pride parade that took place on Sunday, June 15th and was the culmination of a multi-day Pride event. Rob Smith, Iraq war veteran, author and openly gay activist, was the Grand Marshall. The VFW, who joined the parade for the first time last year, were the first to sign up for this year’s event. Active duty service personnel and VFW representatives brought tears to my eyes as they proudly marched at the front of the parade.
There was also great representation of a number of pride groups, local hotels and businesses. In October, Key West holds their annual Fantasy Fest and the Kings and Queens from the past few years were also part of the extravaganza.
And as would be expected in Key West there was lots of color, over the top costumes, floats and great enthusiasm. Everyone in the parade and watching it were having a great time – including of course, the dogs!
Michael has many more really fun pictures at StraleyPhotography.com . Check them out, they are great.
You Tube also has a great video that captures the highlights of the parade including one, very public, marriage proposal in front of a large, cheering crowd.