Any Plans for Pride?

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    Jun 22, 2009 12:52 PM GMT
    Our Wilton Manors, Florida Pride is just over, done a week earlier than the big-city ones next weekend, which are closer to the original Stonewall dates. There was a smaller Saturday night march & parade than last year, then a modest street festival on Sunday. Kinda disappointing for the 40th Anniversary, but the last 2 annual events were so badly mismanaged that major participants were reluctant to participate, and we almost had nothing at all. First time in quite a number of years I wasn't in a parade myself.

    Saturday night we skipped the march to attend a Miami Gay Men's Chorus performance in Miami Beach, which had themes expressing gay pride and community concerns. We know some of the singers, so that made it even more special. Excellent performance, though a bit long at 3 hours.

    So what's happening where you are, all around the world? And what will you be doing yourself? BTW, I meant for this to be informative, if that's OK, not a forum for espousing everything that's wrong with Pride parades & festivals, which we've had before.
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    I live a few blocks away from our parade route. I often skip it because the crowds are insane and pushy, then again I may find a good spot ahead of time. We are also having record heat with no rain in sight, thank God our parade is at nighttime.
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidI live a few blocks away from our parade route. I often skip it because the crowds are insane and pushy, then again I may find a good spot ahead of time. We are also having record heat with no rain in sight, thank God our parade is at nighttime.

    I lived in Houston for a short time with my late partner, but we weren't there during Pride. What is the parade route? And do you have a festival somewhere, possibly in the Montrose?
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    cowboyathlete saidI live a few blocks away from our parade route. I often skip it because the crowds are insane and pushy, then again I may find a good spot ahead of time. We are also having record heat with no rain in sight, thank God our parade is at nighttime.

    I lived in Houston for a short time with my late partner, but we weren't there during Pride. What is the parade route? And do you have a festival somewhere, possibly in the Montrose?
    The parade is up and down Westheimer, right through Montrose. They have had a festival the last few years during the daytime
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidThe [Houston] parade is up and down Westheimer, right through Montrose. They have had a festival the last few years during the daytime

    Great, I hope you do attend, and have a great time. We lived over in River Oaks, hopefully your own travel distance of only a few blocks would not discourage you.
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    Jun 22, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Heading to Gay Mecca in SF. SF Gay/Lesb Chorus Friday night, Saturday afternoon for Pink Saturday, spending the night there, Pride parade Sunday, crash and burn Monday! LOL
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    Jun 22, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Our pride in Omaha was this past weekend. Total blast, despite the heat and some lesbian fights.

    There didn't seem to be as much going on this year, but the crowd seemed larger. Plus Omaha's always fun to explore.
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    Jun 22, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidOur pride in Omaha was this past weekend. Total blast, despite the heat and some lesbian fights.

    There didn't seem to be as much going on this year, but the crowd seemed larger. Plus Omaha's always fun to explore.

    Omaha's gay club scene has always amazed me. In corn-fed Nebraska of all places, the clubs are right downtown, not across the tracks in some run-down industrial district, like in some cities.

    And The Max is one of the largest, most beautiful and sophisticated clubs in all the US. I've gone there many times, still my favorite club in the entire country. In fucking Omaha, Nebraska, guys! For everyone who has an elitist attitude about the gay scenes on the 2 US coasts, I strongly recommend you visit Omaha.

    Happy Pride to Omaha! icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.themaxomaha.com/index2.html
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    Jun 22, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
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    Red_Vespa saidOur Wilton Manors, Florida Pride is just over, done a week earlier than the big-city ones next weekend

    I went out last night about 10:30 to go to Albertson's (Publix was closed) and I saw the illuminated sign saying "No parking during Stonewall Festival"....
    I hadn't even realized that there'd been one. And I'm a block away from the parade route!

    And we were barely a block from you, when we finished Sunday evening by going to Bona restaurant, where they gave us a complimentary bottle of wine with our meal. We also stopped in at the lesbian New Moon, to visit with our friend CM the owner. She had a big tent set up in her parking lot.

    Much less than the last couple of years on the Drive, only about half the booths & vendors, all clustered around the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. I was disappointed.
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    Jun 22, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    GwgTrunks saidOur pride in Omaha was this past weekend. Total blast, despite the heat and some lesbian fights.

    There didn't seem to be as much going on this year, but the crowd seemed larger. Plus Omaha's always fun to explore.

    Omaha's gay club scene has always amazed me. In corn-fed Nebraska of all places, the clubs are right downtown, not across the tracks in some run-down industrial district, like in some cities.

    And The Max is one of the largest, most beautiful and sophisticated clubs in all the US. I've gone there many times, still my favorite club in the entire country. In fucking Omaha, Nebraska, guys! For everyone who has an elitist attitude about the gay scenes on the 2 US coasts, I strongly recommend you visit Omaha.

    Happy Pride to Omaha! icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.themaxomaha.com/index2.html
    I ended the night at the Max with friends. It's an amazingly fun place.
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    Jun 22, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    I completely avoid all the Toronto Pride craziness. I'm not against others having fun, but Pride could not be less appealing to me. However, I do like seeing the show of support that the mainstream shows of the LGBT community during Pride week (not just at stores trying to cash in on the millions of gay dollars spent during pride). The museum I volunteer at has put up a MASSIVE four story pride flag on its exterior. I like it for the fact that it reminds homophobic people that their comments aren't welcomed in our public spaces.
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    Jun 22, 2009 5:00 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks said I ended the night at the Max with friends. It's an amazingly fun place.

    Hope you visited with Rusty, the lesbian bartender usually on the second floor. She's now the senior bar manager for the place. Did you see Stosh, one of the owners there? Nice guy, he's also an owner of DC's around the corner that his partner manages.