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The Color Guard: A proud tradition at Seattle PRIDE

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Whenever a parade turns 40 years old, there’s bound to be some traditions that carry with it. Such is the case for the Seattle Pride Parade. There’s the Dykes on Bikes, the dancing GSBA businessmen and women with their briefcases, and one group that literally stands out in front and sets the tone for the parade: The Color Guard. Seattle Gay News caught up with some of the members of the Color Guard to talk about its history and what parade revelers can expect to see June 29 at the Seattle Pride Parade. Ron Rasmussen, a former United States Air Force Captain (1977-1989), organizes and participates in Color Guard. ‘Often I carry the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) flag, which is especially significant, because the U.S. was the second-to-last country in NATO to authorize Gays and Lesbians to serve in the military openly and honestly without regard to sexual orientation,

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