One day before Orlando shooting, Jackson holds 1st LGBT pride parade


The Clarion-Ledger

Jackson's first LBGT parade is held in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood Saturday.
Jackson's first LBGT parade is held in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood Saturday. Jackson Clarion-Ledger

The first LGBT pride parade held in Jackson got off to a disjointed start over miscommunication with the city, but that didn’t stop participants from throwing beads and rainbow confetti to revelers along State Street in Fondren Saturday afternoon.

Organized by Temica Morton, the pride parade was an extension of Morton’s Metro Reunion Weekend, which has taken place in the Jackson area for over 12 years.

The parade was led by Mr. and Miss Metro, Darren and Daphne Dupree, who sat in a black convertible leading the way, but as the krewe of about 10 cars pulled out of a parking lot off State Street, police told them they were only permitted to have a parade with two cars and one golf cart.

As police cars sat with lights flashing where State Street and Old Canton Road split, traffic slowly trickled through. Parade marchers went down State Street as cars passed slowly on the left.

“Nobody told me that you could only have two cars,” Morton said. “They told me as long as it wasn’t 200 or more people. They called me earlier in the week and asked me if we had any floats, and I told them no. It is some walkers, cars and a golf cart.”

It took several blocks for parade marchers to organize into a solid group as they traveled up State Street and back up Old Canton.

In protest of the city not blocking off the street, members of the Jackson State University's Prancing J-Settes performed a dance routine as traffic slowed behind them and police officers looked on.

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