Saturday, March 9, 2013

Freethought Festival 2: Atheist pride parade

Today I walked in the first atheist pride parade in Madison, WI as part of Freethought Festival 2.  It was drizzling this afternoon, so many people joked that "God rained on our parade".

Atheist pride parade Madison WI
Atheist pride parade, waiting to cross at a red light
Madison, WI; March 9, 2013

We started at the bottom of State Street and walked towards the Capitol.

Atheist pride parade Madison WI


The only pride parade I had ever previously walked in was Madrid's gay pride parade in 2010.  It was an entirely different experience  to walk in a pride parade for a group to which I actually belong, not just support.  It was wonderful.


Atheist pride parade Madison WI


We do need to make up some more cheers for next time, though.  The only cheer that was said during the parade was the "Tell me what an atheist looks like! This is what an atheist looks like!" cheer, which gets old after the 4th time.


At the Capitol four people gave brief speeches: Dan Barker, Andrew Seidel, Greta Christina, and JT.


Atheist pride parade Madison WI
Canada was well represented in the atheist pride parade
Madison, WI; March 9, 2013

Atheist pride parade Madison WI
FFRF's Andrew Seidel speaking at the Capitol after the atheist pride parade in Madison, WI

There was a news camera recording footage of the event, but I haven't seen any news stories yet.  Did I miss the broadcast?  There were lots of other people taking (much better) pictures of the event, so hopefully I find those shortly and can share them here too.
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