Rainbow flags fluttered against the bright blue sky as brass music traveled through the streets of downtown Carrboro. Rainbow Ram, a movable ram sculpture painted by artist Steven Ray Miller, led a large group across the Town’s freshly painted rainbow crosswalk.
“There was a very celebratory mood that everyone had,” Carrboro Alderman Sammy Slade said. “Everyone had a lot of joy marching down from there.”
Local residents and elected officials took part in the Pride Piper March at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. The parade traveled from the Carrboro Century Center to the Carrboro Town Commons.
Musicians from the Durham-based Bulltown Strutters and Chapel Hill-based Boom Unit Brass Band provided music for the event.
The march marked the beginning of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a celebration held every June across the world in honor of the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the riots, which are viewed as turning points in the gay rights movement.