JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — Donna Deegan is making history once again. The first female mayor in the city’s history and the first to put pronouns in her bio will serve as Grand Marshal of the Jax River City Pride Parade on October 8.
The annual parade celebrates homosexuality and gender-confusion. It is typically held in October – a month LGBTQ supporters have devoted to celebrating the movement’s history. Last year’s parade was rescheduled to November due to the damage wrought by Hurricane Ian.
“Jacksonville is a diverse and inclusive city that welcomes everyone, no matter who they are or who they love,” Mayor Donna Deegan told First Coast News. “I'm excited to be the grand marshal for this year's River City Pride Parade.”
Each year, thousands of local residents participate in the 1.5-mile march through the city’s Historic Avondale, Riverside and 5 Points neighborhoods.
Cross-dressing men wearing lingerie and fake breasts have become a common sight at the event in recent years, as the LGBTQ movement has embraced them as victims of old-fashioned social mores.
Despite this, the parades are often marketed as “family friendly” and often feature scores of young children who are brought to the event by their parents.
At last year’s parade, a man wearing a dog mask held a leash that was wrapped around the neck of a woman wearing sexual bondage attire. Police were present at the event, yet the couple marched in the parade alongside young children without any objection.
Deegan has been a champion for homosexuality and gender-confusion. In June, she tweeted a message celebrating LGBTQ+ “Pride” Month.
“Happy Pride Month! Our vibrant LGBTQ+ community is an important piece of the beautiful mosaic that is Jacksonville,” Deegan wrote. “Let's celebrate with love in our hearts, a city that welcomes everyone with open arms no matter who they are or who they love.”
The event is sponsored by prominent local businesses, including: VyStar Credit Union, Baptist Health, Florida Blue, Jacksonville Jaguars, Mayo Clinic and the First Coast YMCA.
Local churches and media outlets also participate in the event by paying for floats.