Surely you noticed that it rained Saturday afternoon. This was less than ideal for the Henry Street Festival, which was moved to the Roanoke Civic Center, and it also meant a vigorous soaking for folks who showed up at Pride in the Park down by River’s Edge.
But weather wasn’t the only thing that put a damper on Roanoke’s long-running annual gay pride festival — this year was the 24th. A handful of obnoxious interlopers showed up with a public address system, some hand-lettered signs, and some loud mouths.
Over three or so hours, the bullies marched through the park, haranguing festivalgoers with fire-and-brimstone epithets about sin, damnation and abomination. Gays are going straight to hell unless they repent, the four or five male protestors shouted.
Later, they set up their PA system on the sidewalk across Reserve Avenue and continued their loathsome act. Someone posted videos of them on YouTube.
“If you claim you’re a Christian, and you’re a homosexual, you’re a liar!” one of the bullies shouts on one of the videos.
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