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Wausau's first Gay Pride parade cancelled, Equality March takes it's placeSubmitted: 06/20/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

Wausau's first Gay Pride parade cancelled, Equality March takes it's place
WAUSAU - A gay pride parade planned for this weekend in Wausau raised some eyebrows and tense comments, but perhaps it was all for nothing?

No one seemed to know who the Gay Pride Parade planner was. He wasn't from Wausau, and he didn't reach out to any locals. That concerned the Wausau gay and lesbian community.

"We don't really know what he's planning. We don't know what kind of message the parade was going to send," said Shannon Thomas with Heart of Wisconsin Pride, "In bigger cities pride parades can be quite colorful, and that is fun, but I don't know if it exactly works for Wausau at this time."

So Thomas decided to host a march, at the exact same time. She wants to focus on equal rights.

"I wanted to be sure that the message of equality and equal rights for all was represented and so, at least for the March for Equality half of it, if they [the parade and the march] do come together I know for sure that there are over 300 people right now that will be peaceful protesters."

Then came another twist came to this story... We found out today, the original gay pride parade ISN'T happening.

The mysterious event planner Daxx Bouvier sent a letter to the city clerk two days ago saying he was cancelling the parade.

Thomas's March for Equality will still go on.

The original parade planner Bouvier never paid the fees he needed for the parade, or provided proof of insurance to the city. He's been unavailable for comment.


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