“The parade is festive and multicultural like never in the past years. This time we do need to be standing all together against hate and discrimination,” Feudo told CNN, referring to the Orlando victims who died two weeks ago.
The parade was also a nice distraction from the United Kingdom’s surprising vote this week to leave the European Union, he explained.
“I have asked my friends about their Brexit feelings and everyone is taking a break from the sad thoughts about leaving the EU at this moment just to fully embrace the Pride parade and celebrate it,” he said.
A time to heal after Orlando
Across the Atlantic Ocean, New York City will be celebrating its NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday.
Orlando Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma and the bar’s entertainment manager Neema Bahrami will be honored at the event, following the tragic shooting that took place at the popular gay bar.
On Friday, Poma spoke at New York City’s Pride rally, telling a crowd of more than 4,000 people that she wanted to attend the event “as part of the nation’s healing process and to honor the beautiful souls we lost and those who were injured, and those who escaped and survived that awful night.”
She said she hopes the Pride parade will allow members of the LGBT community to comfort each other through love and support.
“I’m here today because I want you to know that Orlando and the world’s gay community are strong and united. We will not allow evil to prevail,” Poma said.