Memorial Day began as a memorial for Civil War veterans. It has become both, a National Decoration Day of family graves, and the holiday that opens the summer season. It is celebrated with backyard barbecues, outdoor picnics, and parades. This holiday is also attactive to gays and lesbians to my home turf. The biggest gay events in the southeast is Memorial Day weekend in Pensacola Beach, Florida.
Each year tens of thousands of gays and lesbians come to Pensacola Beach to party in the sun and enjoy the beautiful white sand and emarald water. Though this is normally a conservative town, for one week each year it becomes party central for gays and lesbians from throughout the southeast.