Pride: Then and Now

 “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
—Saint Augustine (AD 354–AD 430)

Gay Pride, New York City, Fifth Avenue Parade, Rainbow Gay Flag, Gay Pride Parade

A young man wears his Gay Pride flag as a cape.

Ever mindful that pride goeth before a fall; here is small sampling of the New York Gay Pride Parade. The Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 58th Street. It ends in Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the modern gay rights movement.

There is a very different view about pride today than what was voiced as recently as 100 years ago. In 2014 pride is celebrated; in the past it was seen as a character flaw, at best.

“Pride, envy, avarice – these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.” —Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

Gay Pride, New York City, Fifth Avenue Parade, Rainbow Gay Flag, Gay Pride Parade

Deutsche Bank’s HQ pride in the USA and its gay citizens.

Keeping in mind that Pride is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, I must say that my favorite gay pride sighting today was at 60 Wall Street. It is the headquarters of Deutsche Bank, the German banking giant. The Stars and Stripes few side-by-side with the Gay Rainbow flag.

Gay Pride, New York City, Fifth Avenue Parade, Rainbow Gay Flag, Gay Pride Parade

The float of an HIV support group in NYC’s Gay Pride Parade.

“Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire.” —William Penn (1644–1718)

Gay Pride, New York City, Fifth Avenue Parade, Rainbow Gay Flag, Gay Pride Parade

The New York Life float in NYC’s Gay Pride Parade.

“In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.”
—John Ruskin (1819–1900)

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