Gay PrideThis weekend was the big Gay Pride festival and parade. My boyfriend, an out-of-town friend, and I were supposed to volunteer at the festival from 4pm to 6pm, but when we got there they didn't really need us. So, we took advantage of the free water and burritos for volunteers and just kind of stood around in the heat.
The parade here is at night here since 95 degrees and 100% humidity in June aren't the best conditions for parades. I watched the first 17 entries go by but left by 9:30 because I was too tired (and kind of bored) to stay around. I heard it wrapped up around midnight. Most of the entries I saw were politicians, including the Mayor, the city Controller, 2 or 3 Congress members, and a handful of state representatives, which was nice to see even if a little dull.
The announcers at the event were claiming 250,000 spectators, which would be way up from the 150,000 or so last year. I didn't see the news, so I don't know what they were saying about the size of the crowd, but I imagine their coverage showed the 2 or 3 floats with scantily clad men or drag queens and ignored the dozens with families, churches, and politicians marching. I'm always amazed at how tame the parade is when I'm there compared to what I see on the news later. Apparently drag queens sell.