Palmer High GSA Attends Northampton Pride

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Palmer High GSA Attends Northampton Pride

KEVIN GUTTING / Gazette Staff

KEVIN GUTTING / Gazette Staff

KEVIN GUTTING / Gazette Staff

Abigail McCoy, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, May 5th, Palmer High School’s GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) attended Northampton’s 37th annual pride parade. The parade itself started at 11 a.m. and lasted for around one hour to cover an approximate of 1.5 miles of the city. Nearly 40,000 people were in attendance, marching or otherwise. All of whom were decked out in colors, with flags wrapped around people’s shoulders, body paint, or tie dye t-shirts.

Ten Palmer High students attended with their advisor, Mr.Frechette, along with two parent chaperones, as sadly most GSA members were busy on that day. Unfortunately, the GSA t-shirts did not come in on time, so the students were not matching but that did not make the event any less fun. There was a small marching band performing; many dogs in rainbow bandanas were brought along in support; water and soft drinks like Coca Cola were being handed out for free; so many positive and happy people were yelling and laughing and smiling.

It is truly recommended for any LGBTQ+ person to attend a pride parade at least once in their life, because it is one of the most joyous and uplifting experiences a queer person can have.