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.”