No Pride parade planned for Langley this year

Yet another June in Langley will go by without a Whidbey Queer Pride Parade.

Yet another June in Langley will go by without a Whidbey Queer Pride Parade.

According to Mayor Scott Chaplin, at least one organizer of the event in the past has moved out of the area and others have turned their focus to other endeavors.

The city has not had a parade celebrating gay pride since 2018. According to previous stories in the South Whidbey Record, it was postponed and ultimately canceled in 2019 and a Langley Parade Picnic, organized by the HUB, took its place.

A similar picnic, also organized by the HUB, took place earlier this month at Bayview Hall.

The mayor had been planning to present a pride resolution at the second council meeting in June, but it was canceled.

He has plans to hang a new inclusive pride flag, which includes a symbol for the intersex community, as well as an ally flag.

“It would be nice to maybe have something next year where we have a parade,” Chaplin said. “No one seemed to want to do anything in Langley that I heard about.”