Anyone else have an awful time at Pride?

  • chaotic1

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    Jul 01, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    Anyone else on here disappointed by Pride this year?

    I just got back from Chicago Pride.

    On the (excruciatingly long) hour train ride to it, my train was so full that it was standing room only. I was stuck between two loud, obnoxious twinks who apparently never discovered the joys of deodorant.

    After grabbing breakfast in the loop, I then hopped on the "El" (Chicago's version of the subway - though it mostly runs overhead) to head to Boy's Towne. Again, wall to wall twinks. Most of whom were already drunk / stoned off their asses (and one a**hole tourist who elbowed me hard enough to knock me over on my way out of the car).

    At the parade itself, I got stood up by my friends; but I decided to forge ahead in the hopes of fraternizing with my fellows gays.

    I scored myself a sweet spot to view the parade right up front over by Roscoe's (a popular gay bar) . . . right next to a drunk "Queen" and his boyfriend who were visiting from Alabama and who wouldn't shut-up about how much "Jesus would hate all this."

    Finally the "Queen" and his boyfriend got into a fight over how bitchy he was being and they both stormed off in opposite directions leaving me "alone" in my sweet spot (Thank you Jesus!).

    The next two hours were the only truly enjoyable part of my day as I watched the parade floats, listened to music, and ogled the hot guys icon_smile.gif

    Of course after two hours, a bunch of drunken twinks decided to break past the barricade and block my view. They also decided to start mouthing off to the police officers there and just generally made a scene.

    At this point I just gave up and went home (and discovered that my sunscreen didn't do squat, and I'm burned so badly that I'm crimson).

    Next time (if there even is a next time), I'm going to forget about the parade and just hit up the bars for the after parties.

    Sorry, I had to vent.

    So anyone else have any horror stories?
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    Jul 01, 2013 1:12 AM GMT
    chaotic1 said
    So anyone else have any horror stories?

    No, but I believe your every word, and sympathize with you. That was indeed a bad experience.

    My only disappointment was that our small local Pride was even smaller than previous years. I have no idea who appoints the committee to run the thing, but they're consistently incompetent each year. And as usual, now there's bitchy finger-pointing as to who screwed it all up.

    I love gays one-on-one, but when it come to organizational skills, competent ones are few and far between. Give a gay or lesbian a complex task, involving coordination on many levels, and they're likely to screw it up. And even a good organizer & planner has to contend with the challenge of dealing with other LGBT, who are like herding cats. Few want to cooperate, most want to go off in their own direction. icon_razz.gif

    And sadly our Prides sometimes reflect it. Not only on the organizational level, which annoys me the most, but even on the spectator level, which you experienced. What a shock if gays could act like responsible adults for a change, and less like spoiled brats. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 01, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    It was awesome in MPLS!
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    Jul 01, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    At the end ..
    I watched a drunk driver speed through stop signs while heading for a the group I was walking with..

    There was a gentleman walking behind me.. By the time I could shout out a warning..he was a few feet swerving near the the guy ..

    I had to yell..and run almost into his car to ask him to stop!..or he would have hit the guy..
    Kinda scary..
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    Jul 01, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidIt was awesome in MPLS!

    It always was when I attended, glad to hear that continues. A huge parade. icon_biggrin.gif

    I led that parade for 2 years on my motorcycle, with the Dykes on Bikes lead escort unit. I was the only male designed an "Honorary Lesbian" and allowed to ride with them.

    Did "Naked Minnesota" march in their barrels again this year? I used to do that, too, and staff the booth in Loring Park after the parade. And yes, we really are naked inside those barrels! icon_redface.gif
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    Jul 01, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    I'm having a really good time. Just got back from Downtown SF and about to go party again in an hour.

    However, when I come up next year (which I definitely plan on doing), I want to bring a group of really close friends.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 01, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    HottJoe saidIt was awesome in MPLS!

    It always was when I attended, glad to hear that continues.

    I led that parade for 2 years on my motorcycle, with the Dykes on Bikes lead march unit. I was the only male designed an "Honorary Lesbian" and allowed to ride with them.

    Did "Naked Minnesota" march in their barrels again this year? I used to do that, too, and staff the booth in Loring Park after the parade. And yes, we really are naked inside those barrels! icon_redface.gif

    The weather was superb, and of course we had much to celebrate this year. There were a number of marriage themes in the parade. Chris Kluwe even served as the grand marshal. I think that's as mainstream as it gets! Very different from the above description of Chicago. My bf and I spent much of it mingling in front of The Saloon, so I think we were as close as we could get to being in the center of the debauchery. It's MN, though, so no one was shooting up in public or having sex in the street, haha. Not like how it was in the 90s.icon_wink.gif

    I actually have a funny story about Naked Minnesota. I once did a book reading for a Naked Minnesota book club, at the Quatrefoil Library, followed by a Q&A. I had no idea they were actually going to strip for the reading. I just rolled with it. My friend who came with me was beside himself, lol.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 01, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    Slim2010 saidI'm having a really good time. Just got back from Downtown SF and about to go party again in an hour.

    However, when I come up next year (which I definitely plan on doing), I want to bring a group of really close friends.

    Hey, stranger, nice to see you posting again. Happy Pride!! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 01, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
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    Anocxu saidAt the end ..
    I watched a drunk driver speed through stop signs while heading for a the group I was walking with..

    There was a gentleman walking behind me.. By the time I could shout out a warning..he was a few feet swerving near the the guy ..

    I had to yell..and run almost into his car to ask him to stop!..or he would have hit the guy..
    Kinda scary..
    That doesn't sound like Pride. It sounds like a normal evening on South Beach. icon_lol.gif (the location - not the RJer)
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    Jul 01, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    I think the only pride that I didn't like was Atlanta.....because it was so freaking hot!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 01, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    Part of that was just Chicago and had nothing to do with Pride.

    I think this is a case of "a glass half full or half empty". You can decide to have a good time or bad.
    So what if there were twinks in the subway or a queen
    twink with his boyfriend... part of it is checking it all out. I might have been a little irritated, but I would have been laughing half the time seeing some of this stuff. Part is just the experience!

    I know there were several from Wichita that went to Chicago Pride this year. I'll probably hear more about it from them. At least you enjoyed the floats!
  • BillandChuck

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    Jul 01, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    chaotic1 saidAnyone else on here disappointed by Pride this year?

    I just got back from Chicago Pride.

    On the (excruciatingly long) hour train ride to it, my train was so full that it was standing room only. I was stuck between two loud, obnoxious twinks who apparently never discovered the joys of deodorant.

    After grabbing breakfast in the loop, I then hopped on the "El" (Chicago's version of the subway - though it mostly runs overhead) to head to Boy's Towne. Again, wall to wall twinks. Most of whom were already drunk / stoned off their asses (and one a**hole tourist who elbowed me hard enough to knock me over on my way out of the car).

    At the parade itself, I got stood up by my friends; but I decided to forge ahead in the hopes of fraternizing with my fellows gays.

    I scored myself a sweet spot to view the parade right up front over by Roscoe's (a popular gay bar) . . . right next to a drunk "Queen" and his boyfriend who were visiting from Alabama and who wouldn't shut-up about how much "Jesus would hate all this."

    Finally the "Queen" and his boyfriend got into a fight over how bitchy he was being and they both stormed off in opposite directions leaving me "alone" in my sweet spot (Thank you Jesus!).

    The next two hours were the only truly enjoyable part of my day as I watched the parade floats, listened to music, and ogled the hot guys icon_smile.gif

    Of course after two hours, a bunch of drunken twinks decided to break past the barricade and block my view. They also decided to start mouthing off to the police officers there and just generally made a scene.

    At this point I just gave up and went home (and discovered that my sunscreen didn't do squat, and I'm burned so badly that I'm crimson).

    Next time (if there even is a next time), I'm going to forget about the parade and just hit up the bars for the after parties.

    Sorry, I had to vent.

    So anyone else have any horror stories?


    Reading this, it sounded MUCH like ours . . . and we offer you hugs and sympathies for your non-enjoyment and your sunburn. The only things different about ours:
    1. We didn't take a train to get there we drove into the city
    2. Friends didn't stand us up (hope they had a good reason and made amends to you!)
    3. There was no Jesus, from queens or otherwise, involved in the annoying behavior of the queens, twinks or other unpleasantly disorderly fellow attendees

    But otherwise, pretty damn similar. WHY do we go? One wonders.
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    Jul 01, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    The 'thank you jesus' bit when they stormed off made me lol icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 01, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    SF Pride was awesome. My bf and I were there with friends and about 1.5 million guests, great spot to see the parade, adult beverages in the backpack, lot's of pics, dignitaries, hotties, weather was awesome at about 80…. The energy was unbelievable.
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    Jul 01, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Heynice2meetya saidThe 'thank you jesus' bit when they stormed off made me lol icon_lol.gif

    Me too!

    I watched the parade from the endpoint, Sheridan and Diversey, then went to a party in a nearby building. The parade was still going on when we eating at 4:30 PM. (It began at 12 noon.)
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Jul 01, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    Not a fan of Chicago Pride.

    I did something even more gay anyways, went and saw the Go Go's and B52's at Ravinia.


    I prefer to just skip pride here altogether, it's far too long. Seems like it never ends!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 01, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    awww ... sounds like it wasn't the best .. but hey, it sounds like you got a couple laughable stories out of it. Crowds can be annoying, Don't set your expectations to high, just keep wandering through them you will be amazed at all the weird shit going on and just learn to laugh it. Maybe take pics of all the weird stuff you see. You have to entertain yourself.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jul 01, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    I just got back home from Chicago Pride, and had a blast. I do agree that the parade was too long though
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    Jul 01, 2013 4:47 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    The weather [for Twin Cities Pride] was superb, and of course we had much to celebrate this year. There were a number of marriage themes in the parade. Chris Kluwe even served as the grand marshal. I think that's as mainstream as it gets! Very different from the above description of Chicago. My bf and I spent much of it mingling in front of The Saloon, so I think we were as close as we could get to being in the center of the debauchery. It's MN, though, so no one was shooting up in public or having sex in the street, haha. Not like how it was in the 90s.icon_wink.gif

    I actually have a funny story about Naked Minnesota. I once did a book reading for a Naked Minnesota book club, at the Quatrefoil Library, followed by a Q&A. I had no idea they were actually going to strip for the reading. I just rolled with it. My friend who came with me was beside himself, lol.

    Yeah, the Minneapolis parade always struck me as very mainstream, very Main Street USA, except involving LGBT. Always lots of church groups, service organizations, corporations (Target usually has the largest march unit, all in red shirts), and the floats for the gay clubs aren't too outrageous, usually nothing more risqué than Speedos, maybe a thong.

    And the parade goes right into Loring Park from Hennepin Avenue, where you go directly into a huge festival, as you know. When I led the parade I'd park my motorcycle there and then race back to see the rest of it from the sidewalk. Then at parade's end jog back to Loring, strip naked and get into my barrel, and staff the Naked Minnesota booth. LOL! I had so much fun!

    Here's me in Loring Park after leading the 2004 parade. That black flag pole on my bike, BTW, is my folding metal cane with the handle removed. LOL! We had a little rain that year.

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    Jul 01, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    St. Louis PRIDE was a blast, as it always is. Got to see jim_stl in all his glory, barking out orders to the local rugby team and making them do pushups in the street. The festival moved downtown this year for the first time, which meant it no longer associated with any particular gay enclave, and instead was billed as a city-wide event. The police were respectful, and the mayor rode through the parade to applause and cheers. The scattered thunderstorms were really the only downside this year, so we're thrilled we went!

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  • whytehot

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    Jul 01, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    Sounds like the "twinks" were responsible for everything that went wrong with your weekend. Internalized self image issues?
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    Jul 02, 2013 1:23 AM GMT
    You know that there's a problem with the pride parade when you're the hottest guy there.

    Though my dogs had a good time (let's face it, they were the faces in the crowd to watch and marchers broke formation to pet their cotton candy heads!) I was very disappointed in our local pride parade last year. For years I'd heard about what a big deal Long Island Pride was, held for the last dozen or so years on Main Street in the "artistic waterfront community" of Huntington and how folk from all over the island came to represent, but it was a bit of a letdown - twinks would've been an upgrade from the hordes of grizzled old fat lesbians watching the show curbside from their lawn chairs!

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    But MIAMI Pride that same year was a tad more festive, despite the majority of onlookers on the parade route being straight:

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    Jul 02, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    Slim2010 saidI'm having a really good time. Just got back from Downtown SF and about to go party again in an hour.

    However, when I come up next year (which I definitely plan on doing), I want to bring a group of really close friends.



    SF pride was the best ever. I walked in the mayor's contingent.
  • stratavos

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    Jul 02, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    Nope, I'm the opposite of your case. I had a great time at the toronto pride and My costume of nightcrawler was a success for marching with my fellow gaymers (who were also dressed as marvel mutant characters).

    Hopefully next year is much better for you Chaotic1.
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    Jul 02, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    well, at least there weren't any neo-nazi's, nationalists, and christianists to punish you for participating, as it was just happening in in st. petersbourgh and moscow. we are too lucky here on many levels.