Out and Proud and (Very) Loud

Last night my city held its 25th annual Pride Parade; the main event of a fortnight-long PrideFest. I’d never actually been to any Pride event before, but this year some friends and I went out to have dinner and watch the parade. It was quite spectacular. I took a lot of blurry snapshots and picked out the best below.

The event started with Dykes on Bikes (they actually had this on a banner) who made a tremendous racket revving their motorcycle engines as they went by. Then there were Bis on Bicycles, showgirls in glittering bikinis and magnificent feather plumes, drumming groups banging and clattering their way down the street, pride floats pulled by cars and trucks, PFLAG members decked out in fairy-lights and even a small Police Pipe Band in kilts! A float went by carrying elderly members of the LGBT+ community dressed in their finest and another carried members of the the local Opera House. Members of the roller-derby team rolled down the street pulling flashy moves. There were hula-hoopers twirling, dancers with glowing batons and lots of drumming groups making as much noise as they could. There were peopled carrying enormous floating blobs that changed colour, cars festooned in helium balloons and people on stilts with sequinned pantaloons. A herd of gigantic inflatable white horses came down the street and later there was an enormous golden Chinese dragon.

I’m sure that hundreds of people were marching on foot. They marched under rainbow flags and transgender flags, they marched under banners of local clubs and groups, they marched with political parties (Labour and Greens, of course). They marched dressed up in tie-dyed clothes, in sequinned vests, rainbow wings, glittery hats, wigs and boots and extravagant costumes. Drag queens marched in full regalia (I have no idea how they managed in those heels), gay men dressed up as nuns (not sure exactly where that tradition got started) and people wore every rainbow, glittery thing they could find. A gigantic rainbow flag came fluttering and billowing down the street, held by smiling, laughing people on every side; a gigantic transgender flag followed. Men and women and everyone in between marched, friends and family marched, people on bikes and roller-blades and people in wheelchairs marched, the elderly marched and children marched. Everyone was smiling and cheering and waiving; some people handed out small flags, others banged drums and blew whistles, honked horns and tinged bells. There was terrific noise and colour and everyone was joyful. It was a really wonderful event.

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Dykes on Bikes
Bis and Allies on Bikes
Bis and Allies on Bikes
Sequins and feather plumes.
Sequins and feather plumes abounded,
Gold and silver capes abounded.
as did gold and silver capes.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
I LOVE MY GAY SON
I LOVE MY GAY SON
The Police Pipe Band wearing some very snazzy tartan.
The Police Pipe Band in some very nice tartan.
GLBT Rights in Ageing Inc.
GLBT Rights in Ageing Inc.
Roller-derby girls.
Roller-derby girls.
Hula hoops.
Hula hoops.
Baton dancers in sailor costumes.
Baton dancers in sailor costumes.
Giant floating blobs...
Giant floating blobs…
that change colour.
…that change colour.
Happy 25th Pride!
Happy 25th Pride!
A golden dragon breathing smoke.
A golden dragon breathing smoke.
White horses!
White horses!
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One of several drumming troupes.
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Marriage equality marchers.
Transgender Rights Marchers.
Transgender Rights Marchers.
LGBT+ Jews and Jewish Allies.
LGBT+ Jews and Jewish Allies.
Sex Workers Support
Sex Workers Support
Someone who put a lot of work into their costume.
Someone who put a lot of work into their costume.
Raise the flag! (Also, cops marching in the parade!)
Raise the flag! (Also, cops marching in the parade!)
Transgender and Bisexual flags, respectively.
Transgender and Bisexual flags, respectively.
This beauty!
This beauty!
Followed by this one.
Followed by this one!

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5 thoughts on “Out and Proud and (Very) Loud

    1. You’re very welcome 🙂 As I’ve said, its the first Pride event I’ve ever attended but it certainly won’t be the last! It’s pity I wasn’t able to get any really good photos (limitations of technology and all that) but I can just call them artistically blurry 😉

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