The Morgantown Delight Parade, which had initially been scheduled on June 23, will formally be heading down Excessive Road Friday night at 7 p.m.
The parade was scheduled to kick-off Morgantown Delight Weekend in June, however was cancelled only a few days earlier than the occasion due to security issues on account of an absence of regulation enforcement officers accessible to work through the occasion.
Morgantown Police Chief Eric Powell mentioned he’s not conscious of any points from a police perspective that might stop the parade from taking place this time round.
Morgantown Delight President Ash Orr mentioned the group is feeling much more assured heading into Friday’s parade than they did with the one cancelled in June and has been in fixed communication with the Morgantown Police Division about any issues.
Orr mentioned they’ve additionally been in touch with the opposite organizations collaborating within the occasion concerning security issues and the way members can stay vigilant through the occasion.
“I do really feel total that we’re in a a lot safer surroundings proper now for this parade and I do really feel that we now have much more precautions in place ought to something come up,” they mentioned.
Though it has been a little bit of a wrestle to get up to now, and it has now been 18 weeks for the reason that unique date throughout Delight Month, Orr mentioned Morgantown Delight is wanting ahead to having the ability to be with the LGBTQ+ group and have fun that group – but additionally to be seen.
“Would we now have beloved for this to have been throughout Delight Month? Completely,” Orr mentioned. “However the actuality is that we do should be seen all year-round and produce collectively our group for that sense of togetherness and remind ourselves that although issues are fairly scary proper now, we’re nonetheless right here, we’re nonetheless seen, and we now have one another to fall again on.
“Proper now we’re actually struggling inside the LGBTQ+ group with being seen and remaining secure given the continuing legislative assaults on our group,” they continued. “So it’s actually essential for us that we’re being seen, that we’re becoming a member of along with our group and that we’re additionally simply celebrating our existence. That’s actually what we’re wanting ahead to with this occasion.”
The parade is scheduled on Excessive Road at 7 p.m. Friday with members starting to line up round 6 p.m.