Pride Houston’s move downtown has folks seeing red

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HOUSTON, Tx-  The Jefferson's aren't the only ones movin' on up. The president of Pride Houston has announced that after 36 years of celebrating gay rights in Houston's Montrose district, the city's annual LGBT parade is movin' on up, too. "The board of directors have passed the motion to move the Houston LGBT pride celebration to downtown Houston from its Montrose location," Frankie Quijano told reporters outside City Hall on Wednesday.

And while that may be good news for some, business owners in Montrose are seeing red.

"We don't want the parade to go anywhere else," says Molly Schnitzuis, of Baba Yega cafe on Grant street. "It was born here, this is where it belongs and this is where we want it to stay."

"For some businesses it might actually hurt them because so many people are there they can't find parking spaces," admits Jack Valinsky founder and former Pride board member, "but some other businesses were really happy we were there because it brought more people there."

And now there's talk in the community about people breaking away and creating a second parade to take the place of the first.

What the rest of us want to know is why not start the parade in Montrose and end Downtown? According to Google Maps it's barely 2 miles.

But hey, what do we know?


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