Saturday, June 14, 2008
Circle City Pride 2008
A beautiful, sunny June day brought out record crowds exceeding 30,000 to this year's Circle City Pride parade on Massachusetts Avenue and the festival in University Park. Derek Hartley of Sirius OutQ's Derek & Romaine show emceed this year's festivities. With each passing year, the event grows larger and larger, adding to its success. It has truly become one of the most successful, diverse events for downtown Indianapolis. City tourism proponents and civic leaders typically fall head over heels to promote events like this one, which draw such large crowds and help show off our city, but not Mayor Greg Ballard or a single representative of his adminstration. He was nowhere to be seen today. He didnt' even have the decency to send a welcome letter to today's attendees as Mayor Peterson did in the past. Instead of silly talk about a "China town", Mayor Ballard would do well to simply celebrate the diversity his city already offers. On that point, he could take a cue or two from U.S. Rep. Andre Carson. While Carson received little support in the GLBT community during his recent special election and primary election contests, he was there reaching out and building bridges. Shame on Mayor Ballard for turning his back on a community which reached out to him in last year's election. If you want to be a big city mayor, you've got to think Big Tent.