For the fifth year in a row I have attended Gay Pride with my dear friend, Milton. This celebration in lower Manhattan is the largest Gay Pride event in the country, and probably the world. Together, he and I photograph the march to share it with the Lame Adventures audience. Each year, Pride seems to have more corporate sponsors vying for the LGBT dollar, more politicians attending, signifying the value of the LGBT vote, and an ever growing crowd of marchers participating, many dressed in ordinary street clothes anemically waving a rainbow flag. Milton misses the old days when the majority of the participants were flamboyant. He has concluded that with more and more states allowing same sex marriage:
Milton: We’ve become as boring as everyone else.
Glam Dyke on Bike at parade’s start.
Dyke on Bike getting spray misted by Tiny Tim lookalike.
Obviously, three nipples and one pink flamingo.
Eagle Scout: the Boy Scouts had quite a presence in this year’s festivities.
Angel in America.
Bert and Ernie marching hand in hand.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio marching with his daughter, Chiara.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a regular Pride attendee.
Grand Marshall actor Jonathan Groff.
Grand Marshall Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“Orange is the New Black” float, substitute image for third Grand Marshall, Laverne Cox, a member of that TV show’s cast.
Masked Man with Fishnets Friend.
Masked Man’s no heel shoes that Milton found particularly fascinating.
Pretty girls. Focusing on them caused me to miss photographing Edie Windsor.
Laser beam stare.
Yes, that is a live bird atop this green bearded bloke’s head.
Live cat atop this guy’s head.
Getup purchased with a gold card?
Doing as the Romans do in New York City.
The gladiators are here.
The gay crusader.
Gay Yankee ingenuity when you lack a rear pocket.
Rainbow fan girl.
Lesbian and proud, or just stretching her arm.
Man in yellow literally leaving little to the imagination.
Fleet of foot flag waver.
Peacock network banner and a sign of corporate sponsorship.
Rainbow flag gown. What will they think of next?
Next is here. Hello Beardonna.
Corporate sponsor Mastercard.
Mastering the possibilities.
Power pumping the asphalt in pink pumps.
Splits and pass us the Aleve.
Dancing in the street.
Starred and labeled.
Didn’t see that coming!
Shirtless fellows in rainbow socks.
Old Blue and Lavender Hairs.
Pretty in pink.
Serena Williams cross-bred with Ronald McDonald.
Gay dads with kids.
Muscle Beach guys in red boxers gyrating on float.
Israel float and Michael Lucas.
Everyone say cheese and keep your wings still.
Nice to know.
Butterflies aren’t free.
Apparently Pride has watered its way down to Walmart.
Gotcha shooting the crowd.