Lame Adventure 382: Big Apple Gay Pride Parade 2013

Sunday was the annual Gay Pride march in Manhattan. Milton and I attended with cameras in tow. It was an exuberant celebration on the heels of the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning the Domestic Marriage Act as well as clearing the way for same sex couples to resume having the right to wed in California. The victorious DOMA plaintiff, 84-year-old Edie Windsor, was one of the parade’s three grand marshals. Seeing her was quite a high.

This is also a mayoral election year in New York City. Christine Quinn, the openly lesbian Speaker of the New York City Council, is a mayoral candidate who has recently received Edie’s endorsement. Quinn is leading in the polls today, but former Congressman Anthony Weiner is gaining on her and possibly Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has an outside chance, too. It’s a long way between June and November.

Aside from politicians avidly courting the LGBT voter, the parade was also heavy with product placement in hot pursuit of the LGBT dollar. Big corporations that participated include Delta Airlines, AT&T, Citibank and Coca Cola. Macy’s, Whole Foods and Kiehls had a strong presence, too. Vitamin Water had some poor schmuck or schmuck-ette dressed like a bottle of water march in the steam heat. Overall, the parade was primarily about LGBT people compelled to cheer their recent victories, strut their stuff and feel good about whom they are.

On a personal note, I am very pleased to announce that I experienced my own triumph this year. I did not suffer any further hearing loss, step in any fetid puddles or deep fry any body part, all mishaps I have suffered in past years while covering this annual event with Milton for Lame Adventures. Naturally, I half-expected to find myself swallowed by the sidewalk, but that didn’t happen, either. Therefore, I’ll let the pictures we shot tell the rest of the story.

Love is in the air.

Pride and victory are in the air.

Then, there is this woman who let it all hang out for the duration.

Then, there is this woman who let it all hang out for the duration.

Feeling pumped waiting for the march to start.

Feeling pumped waiting for the march to start.

Dykes on bikes kick it off!

Dykes on bikes kick it off!

The good hair day twins.

The good hair day twins.

The annual showing of balloons.

The annual showing of balloons.

Milton thought this chap's leotard was Dorothy Hamil-inspired.

Milton thought this chap’s leotard was Dorothy Hamil-inspired. His flower made me crave sunflower seeds.

Our award for Best Sign.

The Lame Adventures award for Best Sign.

Grand Marshall Harry Belafonte!

Grand Marshall Harry Belafonte!

Grand Marshall Edie Windsor in hat with red band.

Grand Marshall Edie Windsor in hat with red band.

A bloke we've seen every year at Pride.

A literally bird-brained bloke we’ve seen every year at Pride.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Rainbow Brite.

Rainbow Brite.

Edie Windsor fans.

Edie Windsor fans literally and figuratively.

Product placement.

Product placement.

LGBT center float.

LGBT center float.

Mr. Short Shorts.

Mr. Short Shorts front and center.

Family guys i.e., Mr. Long Shorts.

Family guys i.e., Mr. Long Shorts.

Big cheers for Governor Cuomo!

Big cheers for Governor Cuomo!

Rainbow dress.

Rainbow dress.

Lesbian moms.

Lesbian moms.

Blonde ambition.

Blonde ambition.

Kiehls float.

Kiehls float.

Kiddie pride.

Kiddie pride.

Scooter and bare breast pride.

Together at last: scooter and bare bazoom pride.

Paddles and pads shriek, "NFL!"

Paddles and pads shriek, “NFL!”

Girl pride.

Girl pride.

Butch dyke pride.

Butch dyke pride.

Brokeback Mountain...The Neo-realist version.

Brokeback Mountain …The Neo-realist version.

Shouting pride.

Shouting pride.

Why walk when you can ride the recline-o-cycle.

Why walk when you can ride the recline-o-cycle.

Wilted sombrero pride.

Clapping wilted sombrero pride.

Milton calls this "What the fuck...?"

Milton calls this “What the fuck…?”

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly.

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly.

Gay cop color guard.

Gay cop color guard.

Gay firefighters and EMT's.

Gay firefighters and EMT’s.

Cop ordering phone booth perches to dismount,

Cop ordering phone booth perching pals to dismount.

Yes and yes.

Yes and yes.

Attitude.

Attitude.

Of course, Scout Troop 69!

Of course, Scout Troop 69!

Prancing with friend.

Prancing with friend.

The Flaggots are back!

The Flaggots are back!

Bi Request — offering something for just about everyone.

Bi Request — offering something for just about everyone.

Milton: "Not everyone should copy Tarzan."

Milton: “Not everyone should copy Tarzan.”

Pretty boys.

Back to regularly scheduled programming: pretty boys.

Russians are coming.

Russians are coming.

Latino pride.

Latino pride.

Eye-catching.

Eye-catching.

Feathered friends.

Feathered friends.

Exuberance!

Exuberance!

Just the place to find Harem Boy and Mad Hatter.

Just the place to find Harem Boy and Mad Hatter.

"Let's put on a show!"

“Let’s put on a show!”

Actions speak louder than words.

This magic moment.

Boy marching with Rainbow Girl.

Boy marching with Rainbow Girl.

Go Magazine: stick around — meow!

Go Magazine: stick around — meow!

The Big Gay Apple is here!

The Big Gay Apple is here!

Lady bugs!

Lady bugs!

Contrast in styles.

Contrast in styles.

In lieu of feathers, rainbow tube balloons.

In lieu of feathers, rainbow tube balloons.

Marching with who else? A live snake.

Marching with what else? A live snake.

Equality marchers.

Equality marchers.

Nice hat.

Nice hat.

Nice shoes.

Nice shoes.

Strike a pose.

Strike a pose.

Shake that thing!

Shake that thing!

Well accessorized.

Well accessorized.

Perfect day to wear a bikini and feathers.

Perfect day to wear a bikini and feathers.

The Golden Girls have arrived!

The Golden Girls have arrived!

Happy in tape and feathers.

Happy in tape and feathers.

Tribute to grandma.

Tribute to grandma.

Weiner!

Weiner!

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

Drummer girl.

Drummer girl.

Indonesian pride.

Indonesian pride.

Happy together.

Happy together.

Rainbow flag ears? This guy's get-up irritated Milton.

Rainbow flag ears? This guy’s get-up irritated Milton.

Not housework attire: feathered mask and rainbow cape.

Not housework attire: feathered mask and rainbow cape.

Bustier.

Bustier.

Hold that pose.

Hold that pose.

Feathers.

Feathers.

Having it and flaunting it.

Having it and flaunting it.

Moving on from marriage to fracking?

Moving on from marriage to fracking?

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio.

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

Conversation can be very nice.

Thanks for sharing.

Madonna, watch out! Bearadonna's coming!

Madonna, watch out! Bearadonna’s here!

The Log Cabin Republicans are here — all three of them.

The Log Cabin Republicans are here — all three of them.

Hula hoop lady.

Hula hoop lady.

Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn in orange slacks with her spouse Kim Cattullo.

Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn in orange slacks with her spouse Kim Catullo.

Massive Quinn contingency or as Milton said, "It's like she's Madonna."

Massive showing of Quinn supporters or as Milton said, “It’s like she’s Madonna.”

Gotcha shot of Milton and me.

Gotcha shot of Milton and me.

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77 responses to “Lame Adventure 382: Big Apple Gay Pride Parade 2013

  1. Seeing Edie Windsor would have given me chills. And made me weep. I am so happy for her! For our country, really. Another step in the right direction.

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    • Edie is a hero Heather. She fought for her rights, which thanks to this Supreme Court victory is now every LGBT person’s right. Her place in history is solid. As is Thea’s. The fact that Thea had to check out for progress to be made makes this victory so bittersweet.

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  2. Milton would seem to be the perfect commentator for a televised broadcast of the event!

    Given the recent high court ruling, a grand celebration!

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  3. Thanks for the coverage…

    Love, love… the “Gotcha shot”!!!

    R.

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  4. Snoring Dog Studio

    I’m glad there was so much to celebrate this year! It really bugs me when the politicians fall all over themselves to attend events to show that they “get it.” And why aren’t they wearing costumes??

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  5. It had to have been amazing to see Edie ! Wish we could have been there. So, so glad you met with no side-walk swallowing mishap. And, goodness, that woman with the big boobs! Don’t even know where to go with that! What an amazing week it’s been, right! Sara and I can believe we are now legally married in the eyes of the federal government! Miss you!
    :Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • It was indeed a thrill to see Edie, who looked like she was basking in the well-earned glory of her recent victory, Kathy. I wish I was able to get a better image, but it never fails, but she had a significant entourage and I only had a split second to snap a picture. That was such a challenge since my camera’s shutter speed is slightly slower than that of snail.

      It is very cool to know that now your marriage is valid in the eyes of federal law.

      Miss you, too, buddy!

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  6. Great pics! I am going to have a hard time getting those boobs out of my head now however, thank you.

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    • Well, try standing across from them for the better part of four hours and you’ll discover that even though your a size 34A, you’re now suffering a serious contact back ache.

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  7. Coming to you from a villa in Dubrovnik, best photo was last one.

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  8. Thanks for this amazing photolog! What a day! It’s like I was there with your splendid commentary on each photo. Hard to pick a favorite.

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  9. looking at the lovely lady with her chichis hanging out is making my back hurt! Great piece!

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  10. Wow. Love the colors and the expressiveness. I feel as if I was there, enjoying the show in air conditioning, thankfully. Yes, Milton would make the perfect TV parade commentator. Kudos to Edie Windsor, never giving up.

    My vote, too, for best photo — the gotcha shot.

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    • I suspect that the gotcha shot is Milton’s most loathed image of all. In it, I’m grimacing because I very likely missed a great shot either a fraction of a second too soon or too late. He’s looking pensive as he prepares to fire off another quip. My vote for commentator would go to Harvey Fierstein or Paul Rudnick. I’d love to watch it from home with those guys giving play by play.

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  11. Yay!! I remember the 2011 parade – that was a few weeks after the marriage equality act in NY (as I’m sure you know) – and a few guys in wedding dresses on a float got me a little teary – I expect this parade was even more emotionally intense. I’m glad you enjoyed it (safely!), and thanks for the pictures!
    As a side note, your birdbrain guy is a Coney Island staple – I didn’t know he was a pride parade regular too!

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    • Wow, thanks for the factoid about the birdbrain guy. If Milton and I ever head over to Coney Island and see him, we’ll feel like Pride was stalking us. We’ve covered the parade every year that I’ve been writing Lame Adventures. This is year four if anyone is wondering how long my blog has been around. If you’re curious, here’s 2011’s Pride post: http://wp.me/pMku1-Vy. That was a jubilant year as well.

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  12. Thanks for sharing V. Would love to see that parade in person. xo

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  13. I think Logo TV should broadcast it live next year and hire you and Milton to do the commentary. I’d love to hear what the “boob lady” has to say. 🙂

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  14. Amazing on so many levels!
    For the ultimate lame adventure you and Milton should be *in* the parade. Next year. 🙂

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  15. Tarzan needs to go back to the jungle. Please NYC can do better than Mr. Wiener? Glad to see the GOP showed up?!
    Colorful afternoon. Gotcha shot was good. I liked mr shorty shorts.

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  16. Fabulous celebration, Lame, it looks as though it was great fun. Glad the pavement did not eat you. Those shoes; I want those shoes.

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  17. Great pictures! I’m always so impressed with the people who do the parade in really high heels. This is a feat of athleticism no less than anything you’d see on the Wide World of Sports.

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    • Ha! Good observation. Some years they’ve had stilt walkers, but we didn’t see any this year. Even more impressive than those that can walk in high heels without looking like they’re about to topple, is the pole dancer that can balance upside down on a pole as her partner bike rides them through the parade.

      They seemed to be M.I.A. yesterday. What an absence!

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  18. I work right down the street from the capital building in Austin, so the tension has been fairly palpable here, what with Wendy Davis’ filibuster followed closely by the SCOTUS decision. Your pix of the parade reminded me of the many of the things I miss about NYC (though not living there!). I have a feeling that local politicians would never march in the local pride parade, although, if courting a vote, I wouldn’t put it past them to swallow what passes for pride among them. Thanks, lame, for the memories!

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    • As you know Jeremy, Pride in NYC is HUGE since the Stonewall riots happened here. It sounds like there are plenty of politicians in Texas that would love to turn back the hands of time. But I do think that eventually progress will even catch up with them, whether they like it or not. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  19. I’m exhausted! Thanks for taking us to the parade with you and Milton. The very best part was Edie! What a lady.

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  20. Great photo essay, V! Looks like it was a wonderful and festive day on so many levels. And great to see a photo of you and Milton! Glad you had a good time!

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    • Thanks Cathy. That gotcha shot is further proof that Milton and I were there amongst the multitude viewing from the sidelines. It was estimated that attendance was somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000.

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  21. Sounds wrong, but it’s right. The only difference I could see between your parade and the Salt Lake City one was no Harry Belafonte. It’s a world-wide event now!

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    • In much of the western world, pride marches are spreading, but I think it will be quite a while before there is such an event in the middle east, China, most of Africa, etc. But yeah, progress is spreading and that’s a great thing.

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  22. Harry Belafonte! That’s awesome.

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  23. Great photo tour from our mild-manner journalist. I’m disappointed that you didn’t make like Clark Kent and burst out of a phone booth (or porta-potty) wearing a mask and rainbow cape. The world needs more lesbian super heroes and fewer Anthony Weiners.

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  24. Excellent coverage! I don’t believe I could pick a fave, they are all so good.

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  25. If there ever is a remake of the movie Animal House, it should include scenes from this parade.

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  26. I’ve been to the Manchester and London Pride marches, LA… so I’ll now pretend that I’ve been to New York as well! Good photos and commentary, by the way.
    Also, good to hear of your mini triumphs so far… long may they continue!

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    • I bet those Pride marches across the pond are extremely colorful, too, Tom. Glad you enjoyed the post. I am a bit amazed that I did not encounter any personal foible this time, but maybe I got that over earlier in the week when I brutally bruised a pinky toe miss-stepping into my bathtub.

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  27. Thanks for posting all these great pics! I’d love to catch that parade some time, but for now this will satisfy my need to see. Glad you didn’t suffer any injuries for the sake of jounalism. I’ve read that it’s not necessarily healthy to wear a bra all the time, and perhaps the woman in your photos read the same thing and interpreted differently!

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    • I’m glad this post provided you with a glimpse of what gay pride was like in New York this year, Terri. Milton arrived before me so he saw The Braless One first. I was a tad concerned that if she turned quickly left or right someone near her might get toppled. Of course, Milton and I were always at the ready to shout, “Duck!”

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  28. I didn’t want to reply because there were exactly 69 comments and that seemed so perfect, but here goes #70 – good stuff!! Loved it!

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    • Fish!!! Wow, so good to hear from you! How are you, old friend? I hope well. Glad you loved the parade. Milton and I go for our annual fix of feathers.

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      • It looks like seriously good times. I’m doing pretty well. It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday, but overall life is good. How are you doing? I hope you’re as happy as this post made me, which is very.

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        • Glad to hear that you’re doing pretty well. Awwwwww, that’s great that this post made you happy! On the happy-o-meter over here, it’s been a pretty steady 8 – 8.5, but when I get too hot, it does dip to about a 2. I hate the heat when it gets too hot.

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  29. All of this made me smile. I’m too lazy to go through all the comments and figure out if anyone knows why the woman needed her boobs out? And Big Gay Apple is my fave!!!

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    • Considering how many professional photographers covering the march stopped and photographed her Maggie, I think attention had a lot to do with letting it all hang out. We were rather amused by the apple lady-guy.

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  30. Just wanted to pop in to let you know I left a *five star* review of your book on Amazon. Thoroughly enjoyed it. You rock, girl!

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    • Awwwwwwwwwww, buddy, that was so sweet! I love your review. Thanks! I completely forgot I made that comment about a menstruating Barbie! I didn’t know that was how we “met”!

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