Prizm News / August 25, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Survivors of the 2016 mass murder participated in Akron Pride’s March for Equality.
By Bob Vitale
As celebration and music rang out Saturday during Akron’s second-ever Pride festival, a tribute to the 49 victims of the 2016 mass murder at Pulse nightclub in Orlando offered a somber reminder of one of the LGBTQ communities biggest tragedies.
“Orlando 49,” the creation of San Diego artist James Nocito, featured 49 farolitos, or luminaria, each bearing a portrait of one of the victims from June 12, 2016.
Organizers called the piece—which also has been shown in San Diego; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Kansas City, Kan.; Salt Lake City; and Norwalk, Conn.—a “simple, dignified and respectful” commemoration. Viewers also had an opportunity to share their thoughts of hope and grief on a table covering set up with the display.
Several Pulse survivors walked in Saturday’s March for Equality from Highland Square to Hardesty Park, where the Pride festival took place. Organizers said the festival drew 10,000 people, while about 2,000 participated in the march down Market Street.