Sarah and I spent the afternoon today braving the forecasted thunderstorms, and in downtown Atlanta for the Pride Parade of 2006. An amazingly ‘colorful’ event – you can see someone’s photos here [where I found the above photo]. It was encouraging to see a variety of church groups there with floats in the parade; of coruse the Metropolitan Community Church was there, but also some other groups including many Episcopal churches and a Baptist church represented. Hopefully someday PCUSA churches will feel more comfortable in a parade like this: this helps, but we’re so not there yet. We lasted about an hour and a half before the storm came downtown (literally) and we experienced lightning popping and cracking directly in front of us (I think I saw one touch down 50ft or so in front of me), 4-6 standing water on some parts of sidewalks and thunder that rumbled for 10-20sec. It was quite the storm.