Photo Gallery: Casper 'Drive-Up Pride' parade celebrates Pride Month, social distancing style - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Photo Gallery: Casper ‘Drive-Up Pride’ parade celebrates Pride Month, social distancing style

Cambrie Miller, 7, takes a selfie with her little sister Emmalyn Miller, 5, during a ‘Drive-Up Pride’ parade on Saturday, June 13. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – There’s still room for Pride even in era of COVID-19.

Casper Pride’s annual week-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community has been scaled back due to coronavirus this year, which means no drag show or big outdoor parade.

But the organization was determined to hold events the best way possible while still social distancing, and one way to do that is by keeping people in their vehicles.

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On Saturday morning, cars festooned with signs, colorful balloons, streamers and other decorations drove through an arch of balloons to the cheers of Casper Pride staff and volunteers.

Prizes were given for best car decorations, and goodie bags were handed out courtesy of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, which hosted the parade site, as well as the United Way of Natrona County.

“Usually, we do like a five-day festival,” Casper Pride Chair Mallory Pollock said on Thursday, June 4. “Of course, though, we decided to postpone that, so we kind of took the idea and ran with that and turned it into a few more things.”

Other events include a “pride on the porch” celebration tonight at 6 p.m., which encourages people to cheer and yell in support of Pride from their porches, and the online screening of a documentary by Casper-born Patricia McInroy on Sunday at 2 p.m.

More information on events can be found at Casper Pride’s Facebook page.