Gay Pride Parades & Festivities... do you participate?

  • Fusion98102

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    Jun 24, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    I am just curious... I participated in Gay Pride parades and festivities several times in CA and now in Seattle, but the past few years I just feel like it has been commercialized and I have stopped being eager to check it out. Seattle pride is this upcoming weekend, so I was just curious if anyone else was dreading the invasion of smaller town gays from around the area into your cities - or is it just me. icon_question.gif Don't get me wrong, I support the festivities in other ways, I just happen to be somewhat burnt out on the party.
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    You know, I have to say no.

    I don't feel a need to, nor do I feel they represent me, or really do anything towards the advancement of homosexuals. If anything I feel the do more damage than good.

    But I am seen as a productive member of society, this does transfer over onto the homosexual community too, in a positive way.
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    i don't go cause it's pride, I go cause my friends do and it's one of the few days of the year I actually engage in typical college frat social behavior.

    But the parade is cool too. . . not to mention last year it was on the first day of the Taste of Chicago. . . not so lucky this year icon_sad.gif I may leave early.
  • Sirkit

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    Jun 24, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    I've been in the Pride Parade in Edmonton for the past 5 years or so, usually representing whatever organization(s) I'm involved in that year. One year I tried to just watch and I got dragged in *shrug*

    Edmonton is something of a smaller city so I feel the parade is a big deal here and it's changed in both size and acceptance noticeably since my first year. The Parade here is also lacking in corporate sponsorship so it is very representative of the community and the people who show up are often not the people who go to bars or who show up to other events.

    I don't agree that people who participate in Pride don't further the goals of the community or contribute to society as a whole. Visibility keeps queer issues in the media and in the public mindset; it's also vital to providing our youth and our community as a whole something that recognizes them. As for the participants, we are all involved in the society at large and push it forward as well.
  • MuslDrew

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    Jun 24, 2009 5:01 AM GMT
    I participate every year in both Columbus & Cincinnati. I always meet new people. Plus it's a convenient excuse to drink & eat poorly!
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    Jun 24, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    I've lived here in SF for a VERY long while.
    I started going to Pride years before I moved here.
    So I don't go any more. But I do celebrate in my own
    way by blasting some old school disco before I go to work.
    Yep.....I work on Pride Sunday.

    BUT ! I must say....
    It warms my heart to see all the baby dykes
    and twirling twinks from out of town ( some from out of state )
    feeling free and loving each other holding hands walking
    down my street. So sweet sometimes it brings a tear to my eye. gets late and they start fightin cuz they've been drinkin all day.
    Sunburnt, drunk and combative....not a good combo !
    Eventually they puke on my doorstep. Still screamin....still fightin.
    The fun stops there.
    Oh's only once a year right ? icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    we go afterwards to check out the hot guys and get a couple hats chokers, maybe a snarky tee shirt or two. but other than that, the grounds are awash with commercialized product. it reminds me more of an annual product showcase event than something -of- gays -for- gays. i have more "gay" fun at a picnic on the beach with a handful of friends. no price tags and lapel buttons and free promotional flyers. icon_sad.gif
  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 24, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    I haven't for many years but now that I'm participating in group activities, I've been getting more out of going. It's more fun to go with a sense of purpose rather than to simply be entertained.
  • gymguy81

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    Jun 24, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    i go to the festivals and paraides in boston and providence and dependsin on what i am doing and who is around depicsts if i participate. and what i mean by that is if i am going to volenntear at the providence festival and the RI pride group sees me in boston they ask me to jump on the float. or one of the event cordinators has done the same