Thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Denver on March 17th to watch the bagpipes, leprechauns and shamrocks in the 2012 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Over two hundred entries helped celebrate the parade’s 50th anniversary. Two of those groups, representing the LGBT community were celebrating milestones of their own.
The Mile High Freedom Band made their 28th consecutive appearance in this year’s Golden Jubilee. The band first appeared in the parade in 1985. For a time, the group was placed as the last unit in line after organizers learned of their sexual orientation. Not to be dissuaded, the band played on!
The LGBT Community Color Guard made their inaugural appearance in this year’s parade. The unit has previously marched in the 2011 PrideFest Parade. Then, after several rejections and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Color Guard was permitted to march in last November’s Veterans Day Parade.
Denver Mayor Michael O’Hancock, Congresswoman Diana DeGette and Hamburger Mary’s also participated in this year’s event.
Photos by Charles Broshous
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