Fuck yeah I went to Pride. Brag about your 2013 Pride experience here! (If you can recall it)

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    Jun 18, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    I know I bumped heads with half the site about my questioning the merits of attending Pride in general. So, in effort to be positive for ONCE, I'm going to talk about something good now. I had things to do there so the bullshit stayed home. I realize it's really not about anything more than just having a good ass time, and is no different than Gasparilla, Mardi Gras, or 4th of July. It's a time to get out, enjoy the weather and just have fun, gay or otherwise.

    Play by play: (I don't have much in the way of photos from the event, my damn phone kept dying and they haven't yet been posted/sent out yet.)

    In a nutshell, my weekend started around noon Saturday. Met a guy on the way there, which helped kicked things off just right. Gigantic pool party at a government building downtown which had 2 floors of nothing but pure gayness. It was in the same park where the 1st half of the festival was being held. The pic below is the building next to the capitol. This wasn't the actual event, but an idea:

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    Next, spent the evening in VIP at a bar with buddies. Was out until 6 am and woke up at 730 am to head to the pride parade that morning, because friends and I were starring on a float which looked similar to this:

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    Now imagine that same limo (with an appropriate themed gay banner) with 8 fucking hot ass muscle guys all around, on the roof, half naked out the sides of the window, on the hood...all in their underwear and doing dances and stunts on the rooftop LOL. It was silly, sexy, and shameless all at once lol.

    That was pretty much mine in a nutshell. I was too beat Sunday to do much more than the parade. I ended up eventually babysitting a drunk friend at the end of the night. I'm happy to report I did not vomit, crash my car, or get a DUI lol. So, I was about mildly sober the whole time LOL.
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
    Congrats. Glad you had fun.
  • iHavok

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    Jun 18, 2013 1:40 PM GMT
    Im headed to San Francisco for their Pride in two weeks.
    Let's hope it's enjoyable.
    Last year I spent the weekend chasing people, then waiting for others to catch up.
    UGH
  • Fable

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    Jun 18, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS MAMA!!!!

    well done for being positive.
  • PR_GMR

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    Jun 18, 2013 2:43 PM GMT
    fable saidYAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSS MAMA!!!!

    well done for being positive.


    +1
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    Jun 18, 2013 2:52 PM GMT



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  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 18, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    You mean this one?
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  • FitGwynedd

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    Jun 18, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    There isn't a pride festival where I live...

    So I chatted with a friendly cow

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  • iHavok

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    Jun 18, 2013 3:22 PM GMT
    I think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 18, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    iHavok saidI think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.

    You mean like sex in the streets and running around naked

    dammit' yep ... that's all gone icon_evil.gif
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    Jun 18, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    iHavok saidI think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.

    Compromised in what way?

    BTW, our Pride is this weekend. My husband will have a booth there (usually I'm there, too, but I've got a gay golf event he's letting me attend), I'll be there for part of Pride, and see the Parade the night before, report back how it went. I posted pics of last year's here, hope I can again.
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    Jun 18, 2013 4:29 PM GMT
    iHavok saidI think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.

    Agreed.

    Pride used to mean something, apparently. It was radical, it was critical, it had a lot of political potential.

    But now it's just a big carnival in service of sexual consumerism (e.g. virile images of tanned, muscular guys).
  • TDSmoove

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    Jun 18, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    That's the Denver Pride event. Word was it was a packed great event with people mixing with the Juneteenth event a few blocks north of downtown. Many people from all over the region came into town which was very cool. Glad the weather didn't act up this year either.
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Compromised in what way?

    BTW, our Pride is this weekend. My husband will have a booth there (usually I'm there, too, but I've got a gay golf event he's letting me attend), I'll be there for part of Pride, and see the Parade the night before, report back how it went. I posted pics of last year's here, hope I can again.


    Compromised the same way a hard line Christian might say Dec 25th has been compromised.

  • Dxyankee

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    Jun 18, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    Motor City Pride in Detroit was nice.
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    I'm taking my BF to his first Pride this coming weekend. He's been out for several years, but never been to a Pride event.

    Yep, that'll be two more putting the "Queen" in "The Queen City" (Regina's official nickname).
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    Ill be leaving for San Fransisco Pride next Thursday. So excited.
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:32 PM GMT
    iHavok saidI think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.


    Or rather, in many places, and in many ways, the solidarity and protest aspects that were originally prime aspects of the original marches are now obsolete.
  • HottJoe

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    Jun 18, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
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    Jun 18, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    Denver pride was a blast! It's supposedly the fourth biggest in the country now. I can't wait until next year. You can't pay for that kind of people-watching entertainment. I missed the big pink limo and dancers though, because I was in the parade as well.

    Overall, I thought it was a very festive and friendly atmosphere and the city did a fantastic job.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jun 18, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    nevz said
    iHavok saidI think Pride festivals are something that everyone should experience at least once in their life... but I also think they arent what they used to be, and their purpose has been compromised.

    Agreed.

    Pride used to mean something, apparently. It was radical, it was critical, it had a lot of political potential.

    But now it's just a big carnival in service of sexual consumerism (e.g. virile images of tanned, muscular guys).

    I blame the lesbians ... it used to be about gay men icon_evil.gif
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    Jun 18, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYou mean this one?
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    LOL, yes, yes, yes! How did you get that? Is it a picture you took? I've been trying to find them on facebook. Only thing is I was on the OTHER side of the limo where the guy is straddling the edge.

    However, although it said pornstar...it ended being more like a male dancer float. Not sure who in there actually did porn, I wasn't one of them and I didn't know how to dance lol.
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    Jun 18, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
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    Jun 18, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    NevzPride used to mean something, apparently. It was radical, it was critical, it had a lot of political potential.

    But now it's just a big carnival in service of sexual consumerism (e.g. virile images of tanned, muscular guys)

    I can't say it's not changed, but I think it may depend on what city you're in? I know some cities have special satellite parades that are similiar to the main pride but not part of the main thing. This is pretty much all I know. I haven't been to anything prior to 2012 Pride. I've gone out in cities the night before pride, but never made it to the festivities in the morning.

    Atleast here, it wasn't very much sexual in nature. There were a ton of kids, families and straight people sitting out on their LAWNS watching. It could have been any other event really.

    As far as it being about demanding gay rights and erasing discrimination...That can be kind of boring and emotional and now that all this has reached Washington, it's not as critical anymore. I think it's more about bringing awareness to the area and being able to be 100% gay for 2 days. The faces on the cops just amuse me LOL. We had 3 or 4 of them patrolling a pool full of 20-30 half naked guys playing volleyball in the pool lol.
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    Jun 18, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    I didn't go to Pride this year - but nice thread. icon_biggrin.gif