1000’s took to the streets of downtown Bangor on Saturday adorned in rainbow flags and clothes for the return of a standard Bangor Delight parade.
Spirits had been excessive in the course of the occasions honoring the LGBTQ group in West Market Sq. and Norumbega Park, however many parade-goers mentioned that they had the latest Supreme Court docket choice behind their thoughts the day after the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
In a concurring opinion launched on Friday, Justice Clarence Thomas of the courtroom’s conservative majority wrote the courtroom ought to rethink different precedents, singling out previous rulings that granted rights to contraception entry, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage.
When she learn the Supreme Court docket ruling and Thomas’ opinion, Susan Guare, who marched within the parade for the primary time, mentioned she feared for her youngsters, a few of whom are LGBTQ. She particularly nervous what the long run may maintain for her daughter in a same-sex marriage.
“We’re offended and we’re going to talk up and converse out, but it surely’s necessary to not let it overshadow what is meant to be a joyous event,” Guare mentioned. “Delight means equal rights for my youngsters and my mates.”
Many different parade goers echoed Guare, however they had been decided to not let it taint the day.
“It’s a tough day for lots of people, however right this moment is a day to be collectively and have a good time,” mentioned Dana Cassidy of Bangor.
Although the Supreme Court docket’s ruling can have ripple results throughout the nation, as folks dwelling in states enshrining new restrictions might search abortion care in states like Maine the place abortion is protected by state regulation, Aislinn Canarr, the board president of the Mabel Wadsworth Middle, a clinic offers abortions and reproductive well being providers mentioned she was “compartmentalizing.”
“It’s my nephew’s first Delight, who’s trans, so there’s a lot pleasure right this moment and I’m not taking that away from them,” Canarr mentioned.
Lorne Harlan, 14, of Bangor mentioned they had been excited to each witness and take part of their first Delight celebration in particular person.
“I’m simply blissful to be right here as a substitute of watching it by means of a display,” they mentioned. “It’s one factor to know there are folks such as you on the web, but it surely’s one other to see them in particular person.”
The celebration is the primary near-normal Bangor Delight parade since 2019. Final yr’s iteration featured a stationary parade the place bystanders drove across the Bangor Raceway to have a look at floats and parked to observe performers. The 2020 model was held just about in the course of the early a part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A handful of Bangor companies are additionally holding Delight-themed occasions. Bangor Arts Alternate hosted a drag present on Friday, and West Market Sq. Artisan Coffeehouse will host one on Saturday afternoon. Seasons Restaurant on Primary Avenue will host a Saturday Delight celebration, and Queen Metropolis Cinema Membership in downtown Bangor will host a Delight comedy present that day.
Bangor’s Delight celebration can be one of many largest, and newest, within the space.
Bucksport held its personal celebration final week, and Belfast held one earlier this month after highschool college students stepped in to revitalize it after it went dormant as a result of pandemic.
BDN author Lia Russell contributed to this report.