If you would like to align with Pride Portland! in highlighting accessibility, activism, and advocacy work in our community, we would encourage you to:
- Consider your brand presence. Pride is a primary source of visibility for many grassroots efforts, small organizations, and non-profits. If your business has a sizable advertising budget, significantly reducing or removing your brand presence during the parade has the potential to better uplift those organizations and individuals providing direct services, healthcare, legal aid, etc, who might not otherwise reach the people who need those resources the most.
- Consider environmental impact. If you choose to distribute anything during the parade, we ask that you prioritize practical items made of recycled or recyclable materials. Most importantly, we ask that all items be distributed in grab buckets or placed into the hands of consenting individuals rather than thrown. By taking these steps, we can reduce litter, overall waste, and our negative environmental impact.
- Consider accessibility. In addition to contributing to environmental impact, throwing items into the crowd has struck people at parades in past years, particularly those with limited mobility. In light of this, we ask again that you please place items distributed during the parade directly into the hands of consenting recipients rather than throw them.
All are welcome to participate as they wish. We especially thank those who keep the above considerations in mind during this year’s Pride Portland! parade. We believe that highlighting accessibility, activism, and advocacy work in our celebration will further contribute toward our collective liberation. If you have any questions or concerns, we invite you reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.