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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pride Parade aka Irene can't get us down

I am finally getting my Pride post up. While we got only the dregs of Irene, it was very cool and windy and cloudy, but no rain. My friend Michelle joined us (Why do I know so many Michelle M.s? What's up with that? She's #3.) and we enjoyed the parade. There weren't very many floats but it was a pretty good size for our city.

The wind-blown crew

We got some swag. We got a free Legalize Gay t-shirt from American apparel, candy, beads, magnets, stickers, a couple of condoms, a band-aid carrier (which my daughter was most thrilled with) and of course lots of propaganda from various sources.

We didn't see any "religious" folks out condemning the crowds, but maybe they were in another part of the parade. Lots of straight couples, families and groups of friends of all persuasions. Although I must say the parade was rather short on hot mostly naked guys (thank the baby jeebus for the university engineering students) and heavy on middle-aged lesbians. Save for that pesky orientation thing, I would have fit right in. LOL

One of the parade participants came over to me and said she liked my t-shirt. We saw quite a few variations on the Fck H8 t-shirts. We didn't go to the festival grounds, but we had a good time seeing everyone out and supporting the community. Hopefully next year the hurricanes will stay away and we'll get some sun for a change.

Enjoy the video.

9 comments:

Chris said...

Woot! :)

Polt said...

Looks like fun! Loved the old lady sitting on the bench across the street watching it all. And of course a Mountie...oooohhhh...

But seriously, the kid in the purple speedo, I mean, REALLY! He's in purple, which is really hot, but...crickey, just LOOK at him! I see he made it in three seperate photos. And rightly so.

Tam, you should come down here in June one year and go to the DC parade with me! It's not a huge overwhelming thing like NYC or San Fran or what have you, but it looks bigger than Ottawa's Parade.

Plus one year, we had Valerie Harper as Grand Marshal!!! I stood no further than 6 feet away from RHODA!!!!

HUGS....

HUGS...

Tam said...

Thanks Chris.

Yeah, he was "nice". I was starting to get a bit disappointed because the Carleton Univ. engineering students were at the end and I thought we were going to be hot boy-less, but they came through for me. I maximized my picture exposure. :-)

I should definitely come for DC. It's gotta be bigger than ours. Next summer perhaps. We'll see if I can swing it.

Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance) said...

Great pics! I like your t-shirt too!

Tam said...

Thanks Patti.

Val said...

Excellent photo and t-shirt! And cool and windy isn't bad weather for an outdoor parade. :)

Tam said...

It wasn't too bad Val, but it was REALLY windy. :-) Seemed to be the edge of the hurricane. At least it wasn't raining so I shan't complain. :-) Much.

Michelle M. said...

Yeah. We're everywhere. sigh.

I was thinking Polt would comment on your purple shirt, but I see that another purple item caught hi eye...

Tam said...

But you're all so amazing Michelle. :-)

Yeah, he was slightly distracted. LOL