Donald Young has returned to helm the 2016 Baltimore Pride parade that takes place on July 23. Except for last year, he had been the parade chair since 2010 and is proud to be back. This year’s parade, Young says, “will be one of the best if not the best in Baltimore’s history.” He promises some changes from past parades.
“I have worked very hard to put together a parade to be proud of,” Young tells the Blade. He says there will be close to 100 entries.
The traditional High Heel Race that precedes the parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. with contestants running from Cathedral and Read streets toward Charles Street and winding up at Charles and Eager streets. The winner will receive close to $1,000 in prizes from local businesses.
The parade route, after a shift last year, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Washington Monument, proceed up Charles Street and end on Chase Street.
“It will be different this year,” Young explains. “It will start with a high school marching band and will be followed by a National Color Guard.”
Young is proud of the parade judges selected: Justin Johnson (head judge), Marica “Muffy” Shropshire, Krystal Nova, Jo’el Marcum-Knutelsky and David King.
For more information about the parade, visit http://baltimorepride.org/pride-parade-2015/.