Rainbows were everywhere in Ferndale today, as a Pride parade made its way through the Victorian Village. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies wore bright colors, carried signs and chanted "Love is love," stopping in front of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church. The church caused a stir posting "Hurt by LGBTQ Culture? Healing Here" on its sign. The analog message made the rounds on social media and the resulting march drew a peaceful crowd that sang, danced and waved its flags down the street. See Mark McKenna's photos in the slideshow below.
Photo by Mark McKenna
The march went down Main Street and back, and stopped at the church with the anti-LGBTQ sign.
Today's march follows a smaller gathering in Arcata yesterday
at the corner of H and 18th streets, where LGBTQ+ Pride flags were found burned at a small garden there. A rainbow flag was also vandalized last year
at the United Congregational Christian Church in Eureka.