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PHOTOS: Out In The Midwest At Iowa City Pride

A bastion of tolerance in the Midwest, Iowa City hosted its annual Pride parade and festival on Saturday. The procession began at College Green Park at noon and saw hundreds of participants spreading the rainbow along downtown’s Pedestrian Mall.

It was quite like most other parades—families, civic groups, floats, balloons (okay, rainbow balloons, but still). “These days, we’re very blessed in Iowa to have achieved pretty much 99 percent equality,” Bridget Malone, co-chair of the Iowa City Pride Committee, tells The Daily Iowan. “We are celebrating the LGBT pride in our community, pride in Iowa City, and pride for all of the positive changes that are happening in America.”

One of those changes is the inclusion of the first official color guard in the parade’s 40-year history: Three out service members led the procession carrying the American, Iowa state and Pride flags.

Said Malone, “It’s a big step up and a very symbolic thing for us.”

Click through for more images from Iowa City Pride 2012

Photos: Alan Light

On:           Jun 19, 2012
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    • Some Random Guy

      Iowa City is a fun, interesting town. I was pleasantly surprised.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 11:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ross

      Awww I <3 Iowa City! I wish I could live there :(

      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ross

      @Ross: Instead I am stuck in San Diego ;(

      Jun 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Clay

      Where are the I.C. Kings pictures?!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Audra

      I second what Clay said. I took a bunch of pictures of the I.C. Kings and I would be willing to share!

      Jun 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan

      Wow, that was a whole bunch of skinny white people.

      Jun 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees

      Great pics.

      Great faces.

      Great smiles.

      Great people.

      Jun 20, 2012 at 3:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy

      I enjoyed these photos, and found the rest of them here:

      Jun 21, 2012 at 7:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees

      @Andy: No 8
      I enjoyed the rest of the pics also.

      Jun 22, 2012 at 12:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy

      @Ryan: Iowa is like 97% white. Skinny? Not so much, but those are the photos Queerty selected. The rest of the bunch (see link at #8) is more diverse in that regard. There’s even an Iowa City drag king in there.

      Jun 22, 2012 at 7:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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