Duke Community Joins Durham in Celebrating Annual Pride Parade

Duke postdocs show their support during Pride: Durham events Saturday. Photo by Chris Chris Vilorio
Duke postdocs show their support during Pride: Durham events Saturday. Photo by Chris Chris Vilorio

Saturday morning, East Campus was a place of music, colors and joy as the annual Pride: Durham parade and festival returned to campus for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

With the theme of "IRL,” meaning both “In Real Life” and “Inspiring Real Love,” the parade started on East Campus, crossed down Broad and Ninth streets before returning the campus. On the East Campus quad, more than 100 vendors set up on the main quad, including Durham’s great food trucks plus plenty of health services, including COVID and monkeypox vaccines.

The Duke PrEP Clinic for HIV Prevention was one of several university groups that marched in the parade.

In hosting the event, Duke continued its traditional partnership with local Durham groups in making the event possible. Several Duke student and professional groups marched in the parade.

The Pride parade brought a large audience of supporters to Duke’s East Campus. From there, parade marched into Durham and down Ninth Street.

Photos by Chris Vilorio