Weddings are magical events, not just because of the celebration of two souls coming together to make one union but it’s where families come together to reunite, reconnect, and party.
To me, the happiest part of the wedding is the dancing. A wedding without a little bit of raucous dancing just doesn’t feel complete.
And the best part of the dancing? When the eldest and the youngest are participating, of course. When all generations are smiling, sweating, and having a grand time you know you’re at the best of the weddings.
And that is also how I feel at Pride events.
I was an exhibitor at the Manatee Pride festival this past weekend. It was my first official booth purchase and for the first time I was more observer than participant. Talking to people I don’t know has never really intimidated me, so I usually make friends every time we join a crowd. But this time it was different.
I got to watch the interactions. I saw some folks who were reserved, some who were more flamboyant than the queens, some who apparently didn’t know anyone in the crowd, and a few who thought they were running for mayor.
The smiles, the hugs, the colors, the diversity of the crowd in every way was beautiful- absolutely flawless.
When they decided to play that old wedding favorite, “The Cupid Shuffle”, (we were mercifully spared “The Electric Slide”), the essence of the festival was captured. Young and old, folks of every color and persuasion…. They all jumped into line with big smiles on their faces while their feet kept time. Some were a little bit better at the rhythm and the steps but it was clear – they were all enjoying themselves and each other.
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Or shouldn’t it be? The freedom to dance with whom we would like to, the freedom to share a gorgeous day in the park with others, and the freedom to marry whomever we’d like to marry.
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