Gay rights group seeks permit for June parade in Augusta

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 4:10 PM
Last updated Friday, May 28, 2010 9:58 PM
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A gay rights group is seeking permission from the city to hold a parade downtown on Father's Day weekend.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has already signed off, and the group is now awaiting approval from the fire department, Recreation & Parks and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Alejandro Wade Coronado submitted the request Wednesday on behalf of Augusta Pride, said Traffic Engineering Technician Dennis Ellis. On June 19, he's asking that the north side of Broad Street between 6th and 10th streets be closed off from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m, as well as Reynolds Street behind the Augusta Common from 6 a.m. to midnight.

According to his proposal, the parade would end with an event held at the common and in the lot across Reynolds.

Asked about the request Thursday, Copenhaver said by e-mail that he was unaware of the application. He has yet to respond to a subsequent inquiry.

Ellis said under city procedures, if the sheriff's office, the fire department, the parks department or the mayor's office have any objections, they'll try to work them out with the applicant. Ellis said he'll likely approve the parade once he gets the necessary approvals.

"I have no legal grounds not to," he said. "The fact that the sheriff has already signed off it tells you how that's going to go."

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225

or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/11/10 - 05:39 pm
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Oh, boy! Won't that be

Oh, boy! Won't that be SPECIAL!

countyman
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countyman 02/11/10 - 06:00 pm
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Yes, Augusta keeps becoming

Yes, Augusta keeps becoming more progressive. Let's continue to show GA how were truly the second metro in the state.

We have a greek and hispanic festival every year. A gay parade or festival is the only thing missing.

countyman
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countyman 02/11/10 - 05:51 pm
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Augusta finally is entering

Augusta finally is entering the "new south".... Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, etc.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/11/10 - 05:56 pm
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Roads closed from 7am - 1pm..

Roads closed from 7am - 1pm.. That's a little too long to close rds. doncha think??

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 02/11/10 - 05:59 pm
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County are you saying that

County are you saying that Greek and Hispsnic should not be happening? Not sure if I am reading in between the lines right! If not why?

crkgrdn
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crkgrdn 02/11/10 - 06:05 pm
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Pride in what? You have to

Pride in what? You have to have a public display? Appears that you have no conception (can't do that either, huh?) of what pride is about. How we squander the right to assembly. Pretty sad for you.

countyman
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countyman 02/11/10 - 06:06 pm
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Oh of course not. Im saying

Oh of course not. Im saying the Greek, Hispanic, and Gay festivals/parades should all take place in Augusta. If Augusta wants to be know as a progressive city or " New South''. We have gay, hispanic, and greek people in the metro. Im glad Augusta is starting to grow up. We are the only city besides Atlanta. Who has a greek and hispanic festival every year in GA. Were also the only city besides Atlanta with a buddhist temple and Scientology church. Now were the only city in the state besides ATL with a gay parade too.

dani
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dani 02/11/10 - 06:18 pm
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Augusta to become

Augusta to become progressive??? I don't think so.Kinda leaves a bad taste IMO We can do just fine without all the liberal hogwash.

KSL
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KSL 02/11/10 - 06:23 pm
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To pick Father's Day weekend

To pick Father's Day weekend seems a bit odd, don't you think?

countyman
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countyman 02/11/10 - 06:23 pm
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Dani. Why does progressive

Dani. Why does progressive have to mean liberal? Deke would be considered a independent and he is very progressive.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 02/11/10 - 07:15 pm
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Ahhh ok County wasnt sure

Ahhh ok County wasnt sure where you were heading with it.

KSL
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KSL 02/11/10 - 07:33 pm
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Hey, Fiat. I knew exactly why

Hey, Fiat. I knew exactly why they picked that weekend. Sort of in your face.

countyman
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countyman 02/11/10 - 07:51 pm
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Gay people pay taxes in

Gay people pay taxes in Augusta. They should be allowed to have a parade like everybody else.

kermit
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kermit 02/11/10 - 07:56 pm
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joke-I understand there are

joke-I understand there are teachers who cant control a classroom, but As a teacher, I see administrators forbidding teachers from writing up kids who are drug addicts, gang bangers, weapons violators and repeaters or intimidating teachers into not writing kids up or changing the forms to a less offense in order to keep the stats lookin good for bedden, bradshaw and the boys-this seems to have happened at hephzibah middle school which is why the teachers are secretly revolting against white-its a joke-gang members, druggies and repeat offenders are running rc schools but bedden hides behind stats-go 2 texas and take your bleeding heart liberal mentality.which is why the good kids suffer bc of the bad-youre a joke and a non-educator who does not empathize with teachers-which is why youre considering a raise while teachers are being furloughed-youre a joke...furthermore, we waste millions on these useless instrucational coaches, failed programs like vmath, administrative positions (how many HR officers do you need), and other countless useless ideas-Bradshaw goes after good teachers who actually do care-they have ppl like White n Shepherd serving as administrators who make awful decisions...Bedded has an aura across the county for not caring for his teachers and holding them responsible for raising and saving crack babies, druggies, gangbangers and so forth-the principals drink the koolaid, allow these goons to stay in the classroom, then blame the teachers-surprised they didnt openly blame the pregnant teacher last week-probably did behind closed doors- must be nice to be furloughed yet get a raise and a 15,000 dollar bonus

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/11/10 - 07:58 pm
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When is the heterosexual

When is the heterosexual pride parade? Just curious, I'd like to attend that one. Maybe on Mothers day? lol

kermit
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kermit 02/11/10 - 07:59 pm
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gays dont pay taxes so they

gays dont pay taxes so they can shove their sexual preference in our face...hey lets have a heterosexuality parade...how dumb does that sound> now ya kno

Frank I
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Frank I 02/11/10 - 08:03 pm
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KSL, the day of the proposed

KSL, the day of the proposed parade actually falls on June 19th (Juneteenth).. today's gay rights struggle is closely compared to the civil rights struggle of African-Americans, and Juneteenth is a significant date in the history of emancipation..

crackerjack
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crackerjack 02/11/10 - 08:05 pm
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I wonder who is going to be

I wonder who is going to be the Grand Marshal?

soldout
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soldout 02/11/10 - 08:06 pm
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That will be a sad day for

That will be a sad day for Augusta. Sowing and reaping will work in this as it does in everything we do.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/11/10 - 08:07 pm
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Come on everybody, lets not

Come on everybody, lets not be nasty with our comments. They are male/female humans just like everybody else who will be the parents of our future children.

Frank I
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Frank I 02/11/10 - 08:07 pm
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Take: get your application

Take: get your application in.. nobody says you can't as long as you're following the guidelines set by the city, but if you're not making the effort the perceived "inequality" is more your fault than it is the city's for allowing a gay pride parade

datruth123
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datruth123 02/11/10 - 08:13 pm
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On fathers day?? I wonder if

On fathers day?? I wonder if they are going to thank both fathers and monthers, because as youn know without that them they wouldn't be here

corgimom
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corgimom 02/11/10 - 08:26 pm
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If Augusta can have Ku Klux

If Augusta can have Ku Klux Klan parades down Broad St- which was about fear, hatred, and intimidation- then it can have a gay parade. If you don't agree with it, the best way you can show that is to stay home. A-RC typically tries to hold parades like that on Sundays- the parade will be well-attended by drunks, druggies, ex-cons, mentally ill, and the homeless, because that's all that's down there on Sundays. And 6 hours is about right, parades start lining floats up about 3 hours before.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/11/10 - 08:35 pm
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When was the kkk parade?

When was the kkk parade?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/11/10 - 08:42 pm
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uga and frank, I'm not the

uga and frank, I'm not the one complaining of inequality and flaunting myself, I could care less about a hetero parade or the gay parade. The point is, both you and I know, if someone was to do one, it would be a big to do with other groups complaining how its not right. Just like anyone who has any type of white pride going on its racist, and if heterosexuals have something called hetero pride, there would be flack about it people saying its gay hate. The point is, the hypocrisy behind it. We both know neither a hetero pride nor white pride events and organizations would be accepted with open arms, there would be an uproar over the supposed "hate" of those groups rather than thier pride. It is just not accepted these days, and we all know it, you may not admit it, but know it. lol

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/11/10 - 08:54 pm
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No, we can't complain about

No, we can't complain about the gays having their own parade. Sadly, we've done this to ourselves..we've allowed all types of activities in the name of "acceptance" and being politically correct. Like someone said, the best thing to do if we don't like it is to not attend. In fact, stay far away from the downtown businesses because THEY are the ones who will put the pressure on the "powers-that-be" who approve these things. If you do support this gay parade, then go..spend your money, have a good time. I just hope the newspaper doesn't plaster it all over the front page. Not ready to explain that to my kids yet. Oh, and someone asked earlier who the Grand Marhall would be? Shouldn't that be Grant MARSHA??? (okay, that was my one and only gratuitous, immature, obligatory gay-joke!)

augustapoz
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augustapoz 02/11/10 - 08:57 pm
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Not that it will matter to

Not that it will matter to the person who inquired.....this weekend was "picked" because there was a scheduling conflict for the last weekend in June. They are planning the event to coincide as closely as possible with the anniversary of the Stonewall riot which is considered the birth of the modern Gay rights movement.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/11/10 - 08:58 pm
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I have looked all over the AC

I have looked all over the AC and can not find the kkk parade downtown in the past few years. I can't believe I never heard about it and no uproar was mentioned in the paper. When was it corgi?

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Dixieman 02/11/10 - 08:59 pm
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"My dear, I don't care what

"My dear, I don't care what they do, as long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses" -- Mrs. Patrick Campbell (1865-1940), British actress in 1910. One hundred years later we have degenerated to the point where everyone wants to get out in the street and frighten the horses.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 02/11/10 - 08:59 pm
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Just my opinion, I agree,

Just my opinion, I agree, being PC while once a notable thing has become a joke since they have taken it so far, they actually infringe on others and look like hyopcrites. Not to mention how many criminals and lowlifes get away with crimes and scamming and getting things they do not deserve because of it.

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