By Susan Harris
Before you head out to your local pride parade, stop by Padua's, courtesy of Matteo Bianchi's "Maternal Pride." Bianchi's droll panorama captures both the teeming crowd and the individual stories within. Kylie Minogue fanatic Marco, still dizzy from having shared his water bottle with his idol at a concert the week before, sports a homemade T-shirt attesting to the miracle. Veterans Andrea, Davide, and Luca, fresh from the celebrations in Rome and Milan, discover the smaller Padua tops them both. And the elderly provincial Rosa, captivated by television reports on the parades in Rome and Milan and longing to be part of something so much larger than herself, finds herself at the center of it all. Their paths converge in a charming and touching conclusion that underscores the meaning of pride.
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