Although, Delaware was at the forefront of actively providing marriage equality through legislation, the capital city, Dover, had never played host to gay pride. Rehoboth Beach or New Castle were the locations. But that has now changed.
Through the afternoon, a good thousand or so people streamed across the lawn in front of Legislative Hall, watching drag shows, checking out vendor stalls and enjoying the atmosphere.
Many people attending, like Dover residents Sandy Clark and Beth Shockley, said they never thought they’d see such an event in Delaware.
“The first gay pride festival I ever went to was in New York City. When I saw that, I was blown away. I thought, ‘Oh I’ll never see that in Delaware’,” Clark said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Having the event in Dover is a way of thanking lawmakers for enacting marriage equality in the state.
“It’s a milestone,” Shockley said. “I never believed I’d see marriage equality in my lifetime. I’m 54. It’s just an incredible thing.”
The festival’s theme this year was ‘Reflections of Pride,’ an observation of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village, which began the LGBT civil rights movement.