Lesbian, gay band Pride of Indy to march in presidential inauguration parade

9 members will march with national band

INDIANAPOLIS - The Pride of Indy, a lesbian and gay marching band from Indianapolis, will perform at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Nine members of the Pride of Indy will join about 215 members of the national Lesbian and Gay Band Association in the inaugural parade. The group also attended the event in 2009.

"It's really a powerful thing to be asked back to do something again that was already a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said band member Laura Blake.

Band members said the world spotlight is about more than their music.

"This presidency, we're being acknowledged, were being seen," said band member Dan Johnson. "We're being visible and it's very inspiring."

Along the mile-and-a-half route, the band will play some marching tunes, some Lady Gaga and more.
"We're also going to be doing 'Tonight' from 'West Side Story' as we go past the president in the viewing stand," said member Shelly Snider.

Snider said they were selected from among thousands of bands, but it's not just the competition from other musicians that makes it tough to get into the inaugural parade.

"We have to give them copies of our passports, and we have to make sure we pass a background check," Snider said. "They don't just let anybody into this parade."

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