As we have done every year since I started writing Lame Adventures in 2010, Milton and I have watched the Big Apple’s Gay Pride parade from the sidelines. We watch it from the sidelines because we have not been tagged to serve as the grand marshals. What a shock! This year we arrived armed with two cameras, three camera batteries, and his iPhone. By the time the event ended, approximately five hours after it began, we had three dead batteries and one bar of iPhone power. We shot over 2000 pictures and missed so many perfect moments due to our digital cameras’ slow shutter speeds. We now have a whole new appreciation for sports photographers. My fellow lesbian New Yorker and blogger-bud Natasia over at Hot Femme (who covered the Dyke March on her site) admires our fortitude. She is unaware that to cap off the event, I broiled my formerly Casper-white left arm.
Enough of my blathering, these pictures will tell the story of Gay Pride 2012 here in Gotham City.
Beautiful weather and blue sky on lower Fifth Avenue in Green Village.
Crowd waiting patiently for parade. Line in street was painted lavender.
Two nice guys that were next to us that were photographed endlessly prompting Milton to observe, “They know how to work it.”
First yike on bike for all you types that love your girls in uniform? The parade is about to start.
The parade is starting and the crowd is screaming.
The usual start – the yikes on bikes!
Strutting his stuff.
Mr. Pansy is here wearing a live bird on his head.
Heritage of Pride marchers.
Grand Marshal Cyndi Lauper. You rock Cyndi!
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, looking like he’d rather be elsewhere.
Maybe she’s why Bloomberg is scowling?
I suppose this sign is targeting Milton and me.
On second thought …
Flaunting her Pride!
Diet Coke float boys dancing.
Lady Liberty flies in with the Delta Airlines marchers.
Big cheers for LGBT hero Governor Andrew Cuomo marching with his partner Sandra Lee.
We love our governor!
30 years together and finally allowed to marry thanks to Governor Cuomo.
Butch and Femme lesbians.
Star Trek star, gay activist and 75-year-old Boy Scout George Takei.
Raising the rainbow flag.
Be yourself in blue chiffon.
Here comes the fuzz.
Faces in the crowd.
Proud NYPD marchers.
Hot yikes on bike, but ladies you’re way behind the pack! Maybe they planned it that way?
LGBT firefighters marching.
The King and I all-in-one package.
Marching Fido Pride.
Flaming Saddles Saloon float blasting “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”.
Hipster hat boy and friend.
News to Milton and me.
“I like that idea … I think.”
Soft focus hot chick.
Striking a pose.
Obama 2012 contingency — yes, we can again (we hope)!
Obama marchers chanting, “Four more years!” Not adding to chant, “Or else we’re screwed!”
Pride and joy boy.
Waving flag in crowd. Milton said, “Thank God we’re not by them.”
Exuberant girl ignores me and high fives Milton. He asks, “What the hell was that for?”
Mercy for all animals, not just gay ones.
Thank you for posing for us Naked Cowgirl and my number is 1-800-LUNATIC.
Here comes the Mr. Natural guys!
I know a good waxer … just sayin’.
Whole Paycheck Pride.
Jock strap Pride.
Pouting Pride, or maybe the crummy photographer just missed her smiling?
Mastercard happy guy.
Babelicious girl with flag.
Good idea — get rid of DOMA!
Gay dads with their kids.
Log Cabin Republicans — all five of them (the rest read the memo).
Sewing party hat marcher.
Fairy tale fellas.
Even Snow White and the Wicked Queen showed up!
Letting it all hang out.
Pride is the time and place to wear your pink hair!
Or your pink short shorts.
Pink short shorts with rearview message.
A nurse like no other.
For anyone that forgot his or her bath salts this marcher’s prepared.
“Let me climb up here for a better view.”
This chap is a wizard with a baton.
Swinging her necklaces.
Cheer leading squad.
Marching band cymbal player, also a good excuse to wear white gloves.
In case anyone was wondering, there was confetti.
Evita rolls into Pride, but without Ricky Martin.
Top hat and blue feathered boa, dressed for Pride success.
Yes, those are umbrella skirts.
“Do you want a piece of this?” Ask Milton.
Spreading his wings.
Anyone need an Adonis? They’re right here!
Gold lame ensemble (note: not wash n’ wear).
Naughty shameless flirts – and this float went by much too fast! Our interest was purely historical (hysterical?).
Dry clean only.
It’s not on a chain!
Ah, a friend of Dorothy’s!
Talented Asian drummer boys.
In case anyone at home is wondering if she’s a lesbian and why she’s marching.
Miss, you on the right, is your name Deborah Harry?
Flaunt those blue lips and Mondrian influence.
Who is this masked man?
Impressive plumage requiring significant doorway ducking.
Winged creature but he did stay grounded.
Was this a do-it-yourself ensemble?
The Roadrunner look works well on this bloke.
Altogether say, “Ahhhhhhhhhhh!”
The very entertaining Flaggots are here!
He caught it! (But it surely would have poked my eye out.)
Flaggots are gender inclusive!
Here she comes, Miss Texas!
Not the type of frock or hat one would wear around the house.
Sunshine on heels.
Princess Leia’s hair-do lives on right here at Pride!
Mr. Mermaid or may we call you Neptune?
Gay Peruvians take their float very seriously.
Pants-less feathered pride, a CEO’s wish.
Bill de Blasio marching for votes.
Anti-fracking marcher’s poignant message.
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. getting his groove on with the missus, Peggy McDonnell.
If you guys insist.
Who needs vanity plates?
To each her own.
Little sleepyhead with Mom. Milton and I know how you feel kid.
Crown available at your local florist’s.
Alright, smile for the camera!
Cycling for Pride to be followed with pounding water for Pride and scarfing a sandwich for Pride.
Is that a feather duster she’s wielding? Hm, there are a lot of feathers flying.
No longer closeted Segway rider.
Actual live singing and this guy was great!
Charlie the Matchmaker!
Are these the latest boy band heart throbs? Think again.
Whoever he is, he’s here!
“I gotta go, I can’t hold it. Sorry!”
Hello New York City!
Peacocks on parade.
Skipping a.k.a. how to twist an ankle where I come from.
She does not need to carry her flag on some stinking pole.
Google courts the LGBT crowd.
Crowd member (not Milton or me) pummeling Google Girl with questions.
Gay guy and gal pals.
Running for Pride to flaunt fitness.
Channeling Rock Hudson.
Pride-wear from the circus.
Fitness is no joke with these guys.
Milton and I could do this … in our dreams.
Milton’s shoelace voluntarily untied just watching those guys.
“C’mon, Milton, tie that shoelace!”
“Leave Milton alone, he tied it!”
Dalton school marchers.
Manhattan borough president Christine Quinn and possibly the first lesbian to be mayor of New York City. Go Chris!
Putting her best black boot forward.
Flirt with me – try black boot girl.
Suddenly, I’m in the mood to hear Spanish guitar.
Look, a quartet of matadors!
Never the matador, always the bull.
In the event of a rainbow stripe shortage, here’s the reason.
Translatinas float (yes, we can read, too).
Macy’s shilling for shoppers in the name of Pride.
Multi-tasker – both photographer and marcher.
Merry Zip Car studs.
From Logo’s A-list: New York – Ryan Nikulas & Rodiney Santiago. Who knew? We didn’t.
Roman Empire boys.
We’ll keep that in mind.
Pretty young people.
You came to the right parade fella.
At least they’re not nerds.
Definitely a geek.
Geek taking a bow.
Gay puppet Pride.
In case anyone missed seeing the 9,843 earlier rainbow flags, here are two more.
LGBT Bikram yoga lovers.
Lez Factor (not related to Max Factor) marching.
Israeli guys marching.
She brings offerings but it’s not food so we pass.
Go Magazine float.
Occupy Wall Street marcher with Madonna issue (must prefer Lady Gaga).
Pride in a rainbow gown.
Pole dancer making it look uncomfortable; I’ll take the stairs.
Mr. Pansy at the end returning to his own planet until we reconvene in 2013.