Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Vancouver Pride Parade
This post is a little (okay, a lot) late in it's arrival. But in my defense, I just haven't been blogging as much as I could or should be... wait, that's not much of a defense, is it? Basically, I've been busy being lazy and now I feel like I've missed posting some great things.
Part of the joy of being a teacher is having the summer months off to recuperate, rejuvenate, and re-open your mind to what life has to offer. And because I am international, I get the special joy of coming home and reconnecting with friends and family.
One of the days that I chose to go into the city of Vancouver turned out to be the date for the Vancouver Pride Parade. My friends and I hadn't thought about it in advance when we scheduled to meet downtown on Robson St. for brunch but what a happy coincidence! Myself and one other of my friends had never been to or seen a pride parade before and were more than happy to have window seats along the beginning of the parade route. All I can say is that it was a wonderful celebration of life and whatever your religious leanings or beliefs may be, you just can't deny how much fun these people were having and how much they were loving life!
Here are a few pictures that I got from our restaurant seats... enjoy!!
Made me think of Carnivale time... very cool.
Requisite tighty-whitey dancers...although, those are tighty-purplies... hehehehe
The belle of the ball, so to speak. Lots of fantastic drag going on on those streets.
Lots of great support for HIV/AIDS causes... loved the red feather boas!!
And, yes, there were Trojans... hehehe
All in all, it was a lot of fun and there were apparently over 600,000 people viewing the parade and all crowds were on their best behaviour... the city was electric with a Mardi Gras type atmosphere (they even threw beads). It was great!