Rained-out parade

Last spring's flap about flying rainbow flags downtown for Gay Pride Month made headlines across the country. But for those very few who organize June's Gay Pride Parade, the momentum couldn't be sustained; with key activists burned out, no permits requested and no fund raising afoot, the 1999 parade appears all but canceled.

"The only thing that makes things happen in this city is money. And if people aren't willing to give money to make the parade happen, well, then it's not going to happen," John Rose, the parade architect who has since walked away from it, told the gay newspaper Watermark.

Chris Alexander, of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center, hopes to reteam the parade with the center's PrideFest (the two split up eight years ago) and revive it in 2000. Complicating the success of each is Gay Days, which ballooned from a one-day gathering at Disney's Magic Kingdom nine years ago and now attracts tens of thousands for several days of events. Gay Days this year peaks June 5.

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