Wilton Manors’ signature event, the Stonewall Pride Parade, got underway June 19, welcoming thousands of revelers from all over the country for the community’s celebration of LGBTQ liberation and pride. For many, it was a sign of a return to some semblance of normalcy and the first major in-person event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Few in the crowd were donning masks in the humid, 88-degree heat, but the coronavirus was not ignored completely: stations were set up to administer the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Unfortunately, the parade itself was cancelled after a tragic accident killed one parade marcher and seriously injured another, as reported by Local 10 News. While the accident was not a deliberate attack as originally feared, crowds thinned after nightfall and were mostly relegated to the nightlife centers.
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