Sunday, June 21, 2009

Syracuse Gay Pride 2009

Yesterday was my 11th time in a row going to the Pride Parade and Festival in Syracuse. Last year was the only time I can recall that it didn't rain. Usually, it rains for a little while and then the sun comes out and we're treated to an auspicious rainbow. But this year it poured all day. It literally put a damper on the festivities. This didn't stop some people from walking around the festival shirtless.

Despite the weather, the event still had a great turnout. It is wonderful to reunite with people you don't get to see often. I usually say that it is "like a big, gay family reunion." It is also fun to people-watch. There are all kinds of interesting, colorful people having a great time. Many people dress up for the occasion, and I've seen some pretty creative get-ups.

The event began at City Hall with a speech from Syracuse Common Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Stephanie Miner, followed by the raising of the rainbow flag. The parade traveled along a lavender line painted in the road, ending at the festival at the Everson Plaza. Festivities continued throughout the day, concluding with after-parties at various bars. I didn't go out to the bars. I just wanted to get out of the rain.

Stephanie Miner speaking at City Hall

The legendary Fagbug, promoting "activism on wheels"

The Trexx float at the parade

Nikki Fenmore talking to the driver of the Budweiser van. What could she be up to?

The one and only protester at the event

The parade


Sabrina said...

OK, gotta level with you: I may be straight as a post, but that Fag Bug is the cutest thing I've ever seen! It's the rainbow... :)

gardenbug said...

It looks like you want to the parade just before your working vacation in Milford. I am glad that you could do both things. Did you ever rent the DVD of Harvey Milk? It is worth watching.

Melanie O. said...

Looks very colorful! You've definitely got to get out here one year for Gay Mardi Gras.

Anthony said...

Sabrina, the fagbug is cool, isn't it? There's a story behind it if you want to check out the website ( Gardenbug, I have not seen Harvey Milk yet! It's definitely one I'd like to see. Melanie, I would love to come out there one day, when I can afford the trip. :-)