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ouizy 06-30-2003 01:02 PM

The last Sunday in June
 
I just wanted to throw a thread out there about yesterday.

Here in New York City it was the Gay Pride parade and as I live a couple of blocks from the route, I went along with my fiancee to the parade. We have actually done this now for the past three years and I just wanted to share a few thoughts here:

#1. This is the best parade NYC has to offer.
#2. To see people who may or may not be able to share their lifestyles with others able to display them in such a proud fashion to the public really was awe-inspiring.

Whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, black, white, hispanic, round, square, human, alien, I think every type of being was represented yesterday in this parade. It really is truly amazing to think this may be one of the only large sacle events that incorporates every kind of human, and celebrates those that have been persecuted so much in the past.

Whether it was a float for gay rights, a float for a night club, a float for a university group, or even a drag queen dressed up like Mary Poppins, everyone had a good time, everyone was listened to, and no one was discriminated against. It is truly amazing to see.

It makes you wonder about what is going on in this country and think specifically about the recent Supreme Court rulings (re Texas.) You wonder how and why certain lifestyles are judged differently than others, and when you are in the midst of such celebration, you wonder if these people are not harming others and simply loving one another, whose business is it besides their own?

I do not know if any of this is coming out logically, I just wanted to say how much fun I had and how much respect I have for everyone who was able to participate.

Specific funny memories include (and only on the block I was standing on - you can imagine what it was like all along the parade route) the group of people who held signs that read:
"Honk if you love oral sex!!!" Also the group of topless militant lesbians who stopped in the middle of the street and started whipping each other in front of the NYPD. It was great, not to mention all the floats, costumes, colors, and flags.

The parade goes down Fifth Avenue and ends in the West Village. At night the celebrations continued and then there were fireworks. I have to give the day a big thumbs up and look forward to next year's parade.

To use a well-known line off of one of the floats:


celebrate diversity,

FizzingWhizzbees 06-30-2003 01:06 PM

Nice post, ouizy. :up: :)

sulawesigirl4 06-30-2003 01:07 PM

:up:

I didn't get to attend because I was out of town, but the Twin Cities festival was apparently the 3rd largest in the nation this year.

I've been thinking today of how lucky I am to work with such a diverse group of people. Gay, straight, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, men, women. Everyone brings something to the table. Diversity is a good thing. :)

BAW 06-30-2003 01:10 PM

Re: The last Sunday in June
 
Quote:

Originally posted by ouizy

and when you are in the midst of such celebration, you wonder if these people are not harming others and simply loving one another, whose business is it besides their own?


:up: :)

verte76 06-30-2003 01:34 PM

Very, very cool. :applaud: :applaud: :cool: :cool:

joyfulgirl 06-30-2003 03:36 PM

:applaud:

Thanks, ouizy--you bring back memories for me.

I used to hide in my apartment on St. Patrick's Day in NYC because it was usually a disgusting event (people puking, pissing, defecating and passing out in my doorwell) and, sadly, the Puerto Rican Day parade usually turned sour as well. But the Gay & Lesbian parade was always, year after year, a peaceful, joyous, celebratory and fun event. Glad to know that is still the case. :up:

pax 06-30-2003 03:38 PM

Sounds like a good time! :up:

Sparkysgrrrl 06-30-2003 04:10 PM

I'm jealous, I want to see the big NYC Pride parade but I just have to settle for the Hillcrest one here in San Diego.
I love pride parades, they're always the most fun
:yes:

Lilly 06-30-2003 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by sulawesigirl4
:up:

I didn't get to attend because I was out of town, but the Twin Cities festival was apparently the 3rd largest in the nation this year.



it was really really REALLY great.


(though i could say it was horrible and lie to make you feel better for missing it ;))


i can believe it was one of the largest - there were tons of people there :D

sulawesigirl4 06-30-2003 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by Lilly

it was really really REALLY great.

(though i could say it was horrible and lie to make you feel better for missing it ;))

yeah, one of my gay coworkers brought in pictures today. it looked like a blast. :D mebbe next time.

hiphop 06-30-2003 05:45 PM

in Europe, especially Berlin and my hometown, there was this party as well, same tme same station. I didnīt attend this year, was at another party...

apart from that I notice the big Love Parade (not the Gay Pride especially) kinda thing is getting out of fashion lately. Less people. Sad enough, I love them

...especially to be on one of the trucks dancing is like you can reach but you canīt grab it.

Screaming Flower 06-30-2003 07:22 PM

awesome thread ouizy!! :up:

chicago's parade was awesome too. :D

MissVelvetDress_75 06-30-2003 07:28 PM

Atlanta's events went off very well. :D i have yet to attend a parade though, i was invited to a big party last year overlooking one of the parade routes but i was not able to go. :( but i heard the party and the parade last year and in the years past were a ton of fun!

deep 06-30-2003 08:33 PM

i don’t want to rain on your parade.


but, some of the events at gay pride are the things that my conservative gay friends cringe about.

the texas law was just plain wrong. how 3 Supremes could support it is beyond me.


I have no problem with topless women whipping themselves :up:


i know a lot of people who believe this should not be done on a public street where children can see it.

ouizy 07-01-2003 10:13 AM

good point deep, and I have to say I am torn here. I also do not believe that kind of thing is appropriate to be done in public during a parade, (I do think it is against the law to be topless, but the cops let it go) but I did have a good time.

There are so many screwed up things in New York (a la no gay groups being allowed to march in teh St. Patricks Day parade) that I think everyone kind of turns a blind eye during this one.

anyway it was a blast.


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