Although Kermit the Frog is a lovely shade of green, his heartfelt rendition of “Rainbow Connection” (co-written by Paul Williams and Ken Ascher) is a song for everyone of every shade and every background who ever dared to dream.
If you’ve got pipes, get ready, because there’s going to be a big, gay, rainbow-filled sing-along at Pride this year, but you'll need to be real quiet first before all the belting begins.
On June 24, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Abbey of St. Joan will partner with Seattle Pride, Seattle Men’s/Seattle Women’s Chorus, and the Rainbow City Marching Band for a moment of silence at 10:55 a.m.—right before the parade starts—for those who have lost their lives to gun violence, “and everyone who is terrorized by gun violence,” Sister Amanda Mount told me over the phone. “We are here to show that while we may be afraid, we can still be brave and love one another.”
After the moment of silence, the Sisters and other members of the LGBTQIA community who've been positioned throughout the entire parade route will begin leading the sing-along.
Like Kermit himself, “Rainbow Connection” is a song that is easy to love. “It is really about the bravery of being a dreamer, to dream about something better for ourselves and everyone else, and that’s the part that really speaks to me,” said Sister Amanda. “The community can come together using their voices to speak as one… We can create a better future for ourselves and each other through love, connection, music and community.”
Now, for a dose of nostalgia:
...and with Debbie Harry: