Sunday, June 30, 2013

Prade 2013

Well, it's that time of year!  Proud gay people parading and being very happy.  This year, of course, they have more of a reason to rejoice, as they can get married and be as miserable as straight people.  Nicely done, folks! Here are some highlights:
As usual the she-bikers were first.  They were super-loud and rode around forever, but hey, it's their day.  Let the ladies ride.  From my vantage point at 4th & Blanchard, this was the only OK shot I got of them.  They're pretty tough to photograph - but not nearly as difficult as squirrels.    
Then non-rainbow flags...
Hey, you get a free Bradley Manning with every purchase!  No, but seriously, these folks - and there were quite a few of them - want Bradley Manning freed.
And then the gay marching band...
And the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  I've always found them a bit off-putting because of the Insane Clown Posse-esque makeup, but I'm told that they're a genuine service organization.  Hmmm...OK, I'll buy that.  And here I thought they dressed up like nuns for fun.  
New feature!  Marriage!  Congratulations!  Note the giant wedding dress in the background.
 Here it is more or less in the foreground.
This is a guy singing "Come Fly with Me" in a cartoonish-looking house.  It's not something you see every day.
And there it is, folks, Seattle's entire gay scene right there!
After that, it was just mobs of Pride-friendly corporations and whatnot.
This was Whole Foods' thing.  From their signs, you can tell they're into labeling food, not people.  But to paraphrase Homer Simpson: "Labeling people is so much easier!"
They did have a cool unicorn float, however.  

OK, so even though I didn't stay for the whole wingding, here is my top three from Prade 2013:
3.  This cop car...
2.  A guy riding a giant burrito...
1.  People dressed as airplanes

And there you have it.  I didn't bother to photograph the very sizable leather/fetish contingent or the naked old/fat people.  I find both a bit disturbing.  But hey, gay marriage!  All right!  

So there it partially is: Prade 2013.  See you next year, proud gay folks!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on the parade. I miss your regular and frequent updates on Belltown.