Did you hear the echoes of a Lady Gaga song downtown tonight while driving or walking home? "Born This Way" wasn't just stuck in your head on a repeat reel: It really was being sung loud and proud by several hundred people gathered at Columbus Commons by the Harmony Project.

In a fresh incarnation of the flash-mob craze, a “flash choir” was created to sing Gaga's latest hit ahead of Columbus' Pride festivities this weekend. The Harmony Project, a nonprofit group that creates community-building philanthropy through volunteerism and fundraising, all while singing beautifully in concert. Represented in the crowd: People of all ages, persuasions, sizes and, yes, singing and dancing ability. No matter! Everyone seemed to relish the moment.

The Facebook invitation said the group hoped 1,000 people would show up. By my estimate, they got darn close. Several hundred people crowded the Commons lawn this afternoon. Under a comfortable sun, they belted out some Gaga, shook their booties and declared: “I’m beautiful in my way / ’Cause God makes no mistakes / I’m on the right track baby / I was born this way.”