Martha: I hear BOP has big plans for the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade this year. What should people expect? And how can they participate?
Lou: We’ve got a nice big 45-foot-long bi flag that people can help carry, and we are giving marchers free t-shirts with our new BOP logo.
Martha: You are going to need lots of people to carry a 45-foot-long flag!
Camille: Yes, we will! With the flag we are encouraging people to come line up with us on 3rd Street South between Marquette and 2nd Avenue at 10:00 am on Sunday so we can get started off right; however, we always welcome people to jump in with us when we get to where they are watching the parade and jump out when they get tired! We’ll have people working the crowd, inviting people to join us. The t-shirts are in a wagon we bring along so we’ll be handing them out all the way down the parade route.
Martha: The Pride Festival in Loring Park in Minneapolis runs all day Saturday and Sunday. What will be going on at the BOP booth, where is it, and how can people help?
Lou: We will give out lots and lots of free stickers. You can pick up a Bi Pride button, a copy of BOP’s new brochure, or a new BOP t-shirt, as well as some great new bi bling. Please come talk to us to learn all about the Bisexual Organizing Project.
We’re also excited to kick off our brand new Bi+ Story Project. Bi+ Story Project aims to collect and share the stories bisexual, pansexual, fluid, unlabeled, and queer (bi+) people in order to increase our visibility, contribute to greater understanding of our resiliency, and communicate the specific needs of our communities. We invite you to come visit the booth to share your stories with trained volunteers and to learn more about this exciting project.
Camille: Besides picking up information on BOP and bi pride stickers and buttons, our booths also serve as an informal gathering place for people to hang out. It’s a big part of Pride for a lot of us. Our booth numbers are B53 & B55 on the south side of the lake (towards Dunn Brothers).
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March in the Pride Parade with BOP
When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 10:00 AM
Where: Assemble on 3rd Street South between Marquette Ave and 2nd Avenue 250 2nd Ave S
March with BOP in the parade on Sunday, June 29th down Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis! This year we have a 45’ bi flag to carry and we need your help! Line up with us on 3rd Street South between Marquette Ave and 2nd Avenue by 10:00am. We are unit 42 between the BiCities truck and the roller girls. Don’t expect to park close by so give yourself plenty of time to walk over.
FREE SHIRTS with our new logo for all the people marching! Bi, pan, fluid, queer, unlabled and our allies are all welcome! We want to reflect the entire spectrum of our community!
Not sure you can/want to walk the whole parade route? Find a seat near the start of the parade and watch units 1-41, then jump in with us when we get to your spot. March as long as you want then hop out and watch the rest of the parade!