In a world that craves love, acceptance, and inclusivity, there are moments that leave an indelible mark on our hearts. Eclectic Eye was lucky enough to be a part of one of these moments at the 2023 Memphis Pride Parade! The parade, as always, was a celebration of unity. During the festivities, our team of Eyewear Architects showed our support by dressing as “drag” cars running a “drag” race down Beale Street.
Eclectic Eye has fostered an atmosphere of inclusivity since we opened more than 20 years ago. It’s a place where people of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities can feel safe and respected.
Dressing up as “drag” cars for the parade was a testament to the spirit of pride and freedom of self-expression that we value so much at Eclectic Eye. Our costumes, made possible by our own Randall Bennett, were colorful, extravagant, and joyful, attracting smiles and cheers from the crowd. With each step, we embodied the message that love knows no boundaries and that diversity should be celebrated. Our playful presence highlighted the importance of embracing individuality and allowing others to express themselves freely.
Along with our checkered flags and rainbow drag cars, our owner Robbie brought what is my favorite pride flag of all time, reading “Abide No Hatred.” It not only showcased our commitment to creating a safe space at Eclectic Eye but also made a clear statement against discrimination and intolerance.
I had the opportunity to share this experience with my daughter, Harper (who very proudly will let you know that she’s now six years old). As we took in the joyous atmosphere, I explained to her that it’s our responsibility to respond with love and encouragement to everyone in our community. We will always continue to foster a better understanding and acceptance among those who oppose pride events – but I also believe teaching our children about love and acceptance is an important step toward building a better, more inclusive community.
Walking alongside our team at Eclectic Eye and sharing this experience with my daughter reaffirmed our belief in the power of love. We couldn’t help but wear bright smiles and share encouragement with everyone we encountered. Through these small gestures, we aimed to create a ripple effect of positivity and kindness. It was a reminder that our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on others.
The most important idea we want to convey is that love is the antidote to hatred and that we all have a responsibility to share as much love and positivity as possible. Let us continue to stand together, spreading the message of acceptance and building a world where diversity is celebrated and cherished. Happy Pride, Memphis!