By Jon Tatting
The young people of Paradise Pride on June 28 did their best to light up the sky in Rush City for the ongoing support they receive from volunteers and the community.
Though sky lanterns were originally planned, said Pride coordinator Lori Patterson, a conflict with an area business caused her to get creative at the last minute with plenty of LED lights and glow-in-the-dark balloons, toy airplanes and even bubbles.
Just ask Nathan, 10, Neal, 13, and 11-year-old Delbert if they had a good time outside of First Lutheran Church on Jay Avenue. They and adults including Jessica Kabes and Mary K Edyvean, of North Branch, enjoyed the festivities with loved ones and friends without letting the mosquitos ruin the night.
Paradise Pride resembles a special Olympic program that offers activities and experiences for area young people who may otherwise live with obstacles. Numbering around 22, they learn to set goals, work together and are rewarded for their efforts.