Honolulu gay pride parade banner slashed

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jon Rombaoa

Just two days before the 24th annual gay pride parade, a banner promoting the parade to passing motorists near Magic Island was slashed five times.

On the way to a meeting with the City, Michael Golojuch, chair of Honolulu Pride and board members came to find what had happened to the banner at around 11 a.m.

"To have this happen 48 hours before we kick off is a little disturbing," said Golojuch.  "but we're inviting everybody to come down and stand with us in a sign of solidarity.

It is unknown as to who slashed the banner, but Golojuch and the LGBT community will continue to be steadfast.

"This is the year," said Golojuch.  "We have marriage equality, but we have so much more to do.

The 24th annual gay pride parade will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m.  The parade will start from Magic Island and end at Kapiolani Park.  As a treat to those who come out, there will be a celebration at the end of the parade from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kapiolani Park.  There will be food booths, crafters as well as surprise guests and acts.

Families, unions and people of all ages will be seen at the parade showing their support for the LGBT community out marching in solidarity.  In the aspect of safety during the parade, there has never been an incident in the last 24 years and HPD will be there to make sure all participants and supporters are safe.

Anyone who wish to be in the parade are encouraged to register at http://honolulupride.org/parade.html.

Copyright 2014 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.