Ginger Pride Parade held Saturday
March 18, 2017--3:00 p.m.
By David Crowder
Despite the threat of rain, more than 100 people turned out to show their ginger pride in downtown Rome Saturday.
In the fall of 2011, some redheaded friends got together to complain about always getting ragged for having red hair, so they took up their pickets and made some signs, grabbed their umbrellas and sunblock and the Ginger Pride Parade was born.
Organizer James Schroeder said the event is a lighthearted way to approach anti-bullying.
Karen Lyn Dobson, who was named Miss Ginger Pride, has participated in the parade almost every year.
“The only one I did not participate in was the first one,” she said. “That was just because I didn’t know about it.”
She told us why the event means so much to her.
“I’m like James and what this event means to me is anti-bullying,” Dobson said. “I grew up with some adult bullying, not child bullying bit adult bullying. Instead of turning into a bully, I would go to school and take up for kids who were being bullied. I’m a nurse practitioner and I see the elderly abused a lot and all of that to me is a form of bullying.”
You can see more pictures from the Ginger Pride Parade below.