Rainbow connection

It was sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows everywhere you looked as Edmonton’s Pride Festival kicked off this morning with a vibrant parade of more than sixty entries and thousands of enthusiastic participants on both sides of the Whyte Avenue curb.

Having shown each other and the rest of Canada that we’re far less conservative (and Conservative) than everyone thought we were, we danced and clapped and cheered on diversity. We may have been a little slow to discover our connection to rainbows, but now that we have, we won’t be letting go of it anytime soon.DSCN1722

Why are there so many songs about rainbows

And what’s on the other side?DSCN1778

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Rainbows are visions

But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide

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Rachel Notley, first NDP Premier of Alberta

So we’ve been told
And some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see

Some day we’ll find it

The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and me

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Who said that every wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?

Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it
And look what it’s done so far

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Michael Phair, Grand Marshall and former city councillor
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Linda Duncan, NDP Member of Parliament, and Rachel Notley

What’s so amazing
That keeps us stargazingDSCN1786
And what do we think we might seeDSCN1742

Someday we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers, and meDSCN1752DSCN1777

All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magicDSCN1763

Have you been half asleep?
And have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my nameDSCN1726
Is this the sweet sound
That called the young sailors?
The voice might be one in the sameDSCN1783DSCN1772

I’ve heard it too many times to ignore itDSCN1758

 It’s something that I’m supposed to beDSCN1760
Someday we’ll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and meDSCN1718

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2 comments

  1. So much colour! And alive energy. This event has become very popular in recent years. Earlier in the morning I heard comments from three unusual suspects including Pride in their list of things to do…from a restaurant server, proud parent, and neighbour going out later.. OUT is the great enthusiasm…

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