With City's help, Covington's streets filled with Pride

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Covington’s streets were splashed with color and surging with energy Sunday as thousands of people came out to march in or watch the third-annual NKY Pride Parade.
The parade began at Covington Landing at 1 p.m., headed south through downtown, cut west through Old Town/Mutter Gottes and MainStrasse Village, and wound up in Goebel Park, the site of the family-friendly Pridefest.
The City of Covington had a strong presence in the event, touting its reputation as an inclusive place that welcomes members of the LGBT community, its comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance, and its desire to attract business and talented people across the demographic spectrum: 
  • Mayor Joe Meyer and Fire Chief Mark Pierce led the parade.
  • Economic Development Director Tom West was a judge.
  • A contingent of City managers, staff members, and others - including City Commissioner Tim Downing - marched carrying Pride flags, the official City flag, and a banner that read “City of Covington: Where Y’all Means All! Since 2003.” The ever-shifting group included family members and pets and was followed by an aerial truck from the Covington Fire Department.
  • City Commissioner Shannon Smith led a group of marchers and truck adorned with signs.
  • And cruisers from the Police Department brought up the rear. 
(And we’re proud to say that the City’s participation earned it third place in the category reflecting use of the “Y’all Means All” theme.)

For a photo album from the Parade, see the City's Facebook post HERE.