Chicago Pride!

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    Jul 01, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    Did anyone here attend?

    I loved it!
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    Jul 01, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    Yes. I live right on Broadway so it's easy to sit in my front yard and watch. I thought there were too many gaps of nothing happening and the 3 downpours during the parade didn't help either. I didn't think there were as many WOW floats this year. But even so, I had fun and loved it all. Pride is always an invigorating day in Boystown.
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    Jul 01, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    I thought it was boatloads of fun for my first time... I was stationed near steamworks and the parade route was just packed!

    The parade came to a standstill as the first downpour was coming down... supposedly someone fell of a float and broke a leg. Hope they're ok.

    The highlight for me was the hot guys on the minibar and hydrate floats... icon_eek.gif ! Wow!

    One funny thing that happen to me was that I was standing next to the railing and turnaround for a second to see who was grabbing me from behind when all of the sudden a beaded necklace landed on my head and slid down to my neck... kind of like a ring toss game at the carnival... lol icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    I think they had waaay too many floats this year (230!) but despite the gaps between the floats, I had a good time enjoying the energy of the parade walkers and the crowd.

    Yes, minibar's float was delicious. icon_biggrin.gif

    Of course, any float with buff, shirtless men grabbed my attention yesterday.

    Maybe RealJock can have a float next year!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 01, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    About the gap ... a dancer fell off a float and broke her leg - hence the gap.

    muchmorethanmuscle - it was boring for you because you didn't look me up. I'm more fun than any ride at Six Flags! icon_twisted.gif

    I had a blast! I got TONS of numbers and caused some trouble. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    There wasn't just one gap, SoDakGuy, there were quite a few gaps in which it took 5-10 minutes for the next float to arrive (and in the rain, 5 to 10 minutes felt like a long time).

    I found a really good photostream of the parade here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tangowild/sets/72157605889796536/
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 01, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    That was the BIG one. I preferred the incorrect version for the big gap.

    Dancer got ran over by a parade float. I like that one SO much better! LOL!!

    It was a fun filled and sometimes drama filled weekend and I wasn't the cause of ANY drama. That was AWESOME!
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    Yeah, the newspaper said the incident delayed the parade by half an hour.

    I'm just glad the dancer will be okay and that the sun got to come out a few times during the parade.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 01, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    I still get choked up seeing PFLAG march in the parade! I love seeing Moms and Dads and straight friends supporting their family and friends.

    I hope to get some pics back from the weekend! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Speaking of family, I snapped a photo of this one:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=36604536&l=9692c&id=20706339

    Warms my heart to see that. icon_smile.gif
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 01, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    That's sweet!

    I was right across the street from the Jewel Osco. I was a bit tanked watching. I think EVERYONE was a bit tanked watching on Sunday. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 01, 2008 8:24 PM GMT
    Glad everyone had a good time at Pride. I didn't attend the parade as I was preoccupied....
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    Jul 02, 2008 2:31 AM GMT
    Next year I'd like to go to toronto.
    There was no excuse for the thing to be delayed for more than a half hour if only one person fell and got a broken leg. I mean geez, what would they have done if there was a real emergency?

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    Jul 02, 2008 1:24 PM GMT
    Give us more alcohol so we don't notice?? icon_twisted.gif


    shoelessj saidNext year I'd like to go to toronto.
    There was no excuse for the thing to be delayed for more than a half hour if only one person fell and got a broken leg. I mean geez, what would they have done if there was a real emergency?

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    Jul 02, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    It was a hoot. I got a good view of the parade from a balcony across from Sidetrack. There was plenty of eye candy both in the parade and watching it.icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    lol it was a good time this year. First time I did a house party or 5, during the parade.. met alot of people lol sorry I dont remember them though.
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    Jul 03, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    I was in Chicago for another reason and lucked into being there for Pride... so glad I was!

    This was my first pride parade and I have to say that after the first 3 hours I was ready for the parade to be over... but it was still fun.

    A lot of people thought that with the exception of a couple of floats, the parade was pretty tame... not much for the far Christian Right to photograph and claim as the debauchery of mankind...

    I actually found that rather refreshing. It was like a big celebration of people & fun rather than a big celebration of fake boobies, muscle, and dildos.

    Though I did not mind standing by the Mini-bar boys during the parade breakdown when the rains came and it turned into a wet undies party. :-D

    I too thought the PFLAG folks were awesome.

    I was way impressed with the sheer number of people out on the streets. It was a blast.