by Aaron Marbone

SARANAC LAKE — In the middle of the third annual Tri-Lakes Pride event on Sunday, a brief but powerful rainstorm hit Riverside Park.

After everyone huddled under the tents dotting the park for a few seconds, Eli Reid and his girlfriend Jasmine, of Plattsburgh, walked out and started to dance in the downpour. A few more people joined in. Soon enough, half of the crowd in the packed park were out, braving the rain and kicking their feet up to Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

This was a representation of the philosophy many of the LGBTQIA-plus people at the event talked about — no matter how much someone wants to rain on their parade, they said they’re going to dance anyway.

“Have fun and do what you like,” said Aaron G., a Saranac Lake ninth grader who performed in drag at Pride under the name Violet Knights. “Do not let anyone ruin that.”

Read the full article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.