Mr. MPB and I have never been to a pride parade before, but we thought it seemed like a great free activity that would expose Little MPB to an event which promotes love, diversity and equality – all things I very strongly support.
I figure, even if the real message went over Little MPB’s head this year, if nothing else he loved watching all the colours, costumes, flags, floats and balloons. And I must say, he really did enjoy watching the parade! And he especially loved eating nearly an entire ice-cream sandwich while watching the parade
But I have to admit, the most disheartening part of the parade was the counter protest we witnessed (I suspect maybe this is a regular thing at pride parades?). A religious group made a point to show up to chant not very nice things while holding not very nice signs. And all I thought was, this is definitely part of why I choose not to participate in organized religion at this point in my life. And, while I may not take my son to church (he will get exposure to religion through his grandparents, and he can make his own choice about religion in the future), I will always teach my son about love, kindness, compassion and acceptance of everyone.
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