PHOTOS from 2012 Vancouver Pride parade (final installment!)

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    Aug 31, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    So I was in Vancouver earlier this month, renewing my Canadian accent. While there, I had the pleasure of attending the Pride parade—-all TWO and a HALF fricking HOURS of it. Here are some photos and musings on the parade; stay tuned for more.

    Some random photos:

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    Aug 31, 2012 6:48 AM GMT
    Some public figures and their retinues.

    Manny Malhotra of the Canucks marching with the Cutting Edges:
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    Vancouver Centre Member of Parliament Hedy Fry (she turned 71 this year - wow!):
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    Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party:
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    Aug 31, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    Massive corporate presence at the parade. Just about every bank and TV network was represented, as well as every political party (including a very small contingent from the Conservative party). I recall Winners department store, Worksafe BC, Telus, WestJet, and at least one labor dispute.

    And the swag? Just stay in one place and you’d be showered with everything from condoms, lube, and necklaces, to candy, tattoos, beach balls, and rainbow flags (brought to you by Viagra [talk to your doctor] and Scotiabank). Head-scratchers included model airplanes, wildflower seeds, flashlights, and tape measures.

    Trojan centurions:
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    Viagra:
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    Aug 31, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    Here’s a fun entry: The debut of the CAN-FAP marchers with their Foreskin is Fabulous banner. Look closely for slogans like “Legalize foreskin”, “Circumcision is bullshit”, “Put down the knife, step away from the baby” and what looks like “Foreskin: restore yours now—-ask us how”.

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    That bottomless guy you see in the picture below was the official foreskin model, running back and forth demonstrating his uncircumcised and ample penis. Sorry guys, no frontal shot. (Was he Glen Callender, founder of CAN-FAP?) There appear to have been other pants-optional people behind the banner.

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    Sep 01, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
    Wait, you were expecting more businesses to participate? That would have made the parade even longer... Imagine the guys at the end of the parade, having to stand around for 2.5 hours before they can even start marching.

    This was my first pride parade in 3 years, and it looked majorly corporate to me. Some of the businesses made their presence known in more subtle ways: check out the HSBC logo on the Out for Kicks soccer club (see below). If this year's business turnout was lower than expected, the corporate presence must have been really oppressive in the past icon_smile.gif

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    Glad you liked it. And your pics are great. icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks! I'm not done yet!
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    Sep 01, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Some of the more sportif entrants included gay clubs like the Cutting Edges hockey team, the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association (VGVA), the Out for Kicks soccer club, the Pacific Rim curling league, and the Vancouver Frontrunners (led by Mr. Gay Canada! Who knew?).

    The Vancouver Frontrunners:
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    Mr. Gay Canada 2012:
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    The Frontrunners in precision formation:
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    Out for Kicks soccer club, also in formation:
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    How many of these guys are on RJ? Those precision marching teams seemed to be enjoying themselves.
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    More random photos:

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    Jan 12, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    Five months later, the final installment!

    The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:
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    Jan 12, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    What I loved best about the Vancouver parade is that the crowd reserved the loudest noise for the fiercest drag queens. Not hoots of derision, but whoops of awe and appreciation. These guys were ushered along the parade route by a continuous roar of approval from the audience—-an aural wave. In a pride parade where the marchers were having as much fun as the audience, surely it was the drag queens who were enjoying themselves the most—-and were the proudest of all.

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