Priest cleanses Odessa city center with Holy Water after LGBT parade

Odessa, Ukraine, August 20, 2018

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A priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church went through the Odessa city center on Saturday, blessing the street with Holy Water following a LGBT pride parade, reports Odessa Media.

The head of the Odessa Diocese Missionary Department Fr. Oleg Mokryak went along Seaside Boulevard with parishioners dousing the road, people, and monuments with Holy Water.

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He explained as he went that he was cleansing the boulevard after the sexual deviancy parade that defiled the street.

The “Odessa Pride 2018” parade was part of a larger three-day event, UNIAN reports. Supporters of traditional Ukrainian family values also protested during the parade, holding signs reading “All together for the family” and flags with icons of Christ.

Pride Parades in Odessa had been successfully banned in the past, such as in 2015, though this year’s went off without a hitch.

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