21 Jun Arbella makes 3rd annual appearance in the North Shore Pride Parade, Salem, MA
For the third year in a row, Arbella marched in the North Shore Pride Parade in Salem Mass.
“Arbella celebrates diversity, especially gay pride. We can all remember back to the earlier days of drum corps when boys weren’t allowed to do color guard and girls weren’t allowed to play an instrument. We are glad those days are over!” said Lauren when interviewed by a local media channel on Saturday.
This year we were especially pleased to field a hornline. Last year we only had a few players, not enough to fill all the essential parts, so it is especially exciting to see things growing and moving in the right direction.
Arbella Alumnus parents Mary Anne and Frank Silva were there and expressed their excitement at the progress Arbella has made over the last few years. They have been to many of our performances as they video for Salem Access Cable.
“We have done alot with very little” says Lauren. “If one ever doubted that sheer will and determination were enough to make something happen, we are the proof that they absolutely are.”
The favorite part of the afternoon? Being asked to perform with the Freedom Trail Band, which was a little complicated with our G bugles, and being recognized by some local politicians for all of our hard work. They have been watching with interest and are excited to see things moving in the right direction.