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Pentagon approves MCRD Marine marching band to perform in San Diego’s Pride parade

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria placed sashes on the new MR. (Sam Moehlig), MS. ( Joanna Sansoterra), MISS (Amber St. James), MX (Cris Sotomayor) and Mr. Teen Pride ( Maddox Lyon) at the official 2022 San Diego Pride kick-off event. (Facebook/Nicole Murray Ramirez)

The Marine marching band from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot will be performing in San Diego’s Pride parade.

The roughly 50-person band was given clearance by the Pentagon to perform, according to Clay Kilpatrick, the chair of the San Diego Pride’s military department.

“It does give visibility to our LGBTQ community that we have the support of our service members,” he told ABC 10News.

One of the Pride board directors, Joanna Sansoterra is an Air Force veteran and expressed her excitement for the upcoming Pride parade.

She showed ABC 10News a photo of herself in uniform from the San Diego parade 10 years ago.

“This Pride is so special. I’m getting chills just talking about it,” she said.

The Pride parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 16.

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