Pride (In the Name of Love)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some friends & I marched in the Capital Pride Parade yesterday evening. Note to self: Never eat an entire bag of Kettle Corn - & only an entire bag of Kettle Corn - before marching 1.5 miles in the blazing sun wearing Chuck Taylors. Also, it's possible that I am the sweatiest person alive, or at least in that parade. That said, it was a great time. Most notable moments included:
  • The little, tiny Latino man marching behind us wearing nothing but rainbow body paint & a peacock-like fan hat (photo below);
  • The really attractive guy wearing leopard-print body paint marching with Deaf Youth USA who I referred to as "the Deaf Leopard." Get it? Ba-dum-chhhhh (photo also below);
  • The group of cute lesbians who asked me for free stickers & then hit on me;
  • My friends & fellow marchers jumping onto the Zipcar truck driving in front of us to dance to Lady Gaga with sassy, green-wigged Zipcar employees;
  • The group of parade-watchers who chanted "Who let the Jews out?" (in a friendly way?) as we made our way past;
  • The very excited dude who jumped up & down screaming "SHALOM! SHALOM!" as we made our way past;
  • And, of course, the man who jumped into the parade with us to plant a wet one on my very straight friend Jason as we made our way past (as Jason's girlfriend laughed hysterically & offered zero help).

Cheesy as it may be, it was pretty incredible to be a part of something so fun & festive while rocking out for equality. See you next year!


  1. "who let the jews out"


  2. Those pictures are great! Pride Parade is so much fun!:)

  3. what great pics! and OMG those g washington-ish dudes must have been DYING in those get-ups, my gosh. i wonder how i can get myself into the parade next year..? can i march with you guys even if i'm not technically a jew? :-)

  4. Brilliant. Though how you recovered from Friday night so quickly, I'll never know.

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  6. @Shannon - Likewise! <3

    @Maxie - Woof! Woof! Woof!

    @Hannah - Amazing.

    @Alice - They were the opera! I feel like they know how to handle those costumes. And yes! We accept all enthusiastic marchers.

    @f.B - Umm, I didn't. I neglected to mention that I took a cab home from the parade & vomited all over COnnecticut before taking a 40 minute shower that I may have fallen asleep during.

  7. That is so cool. I really need to get my butt living back in DC asap because I'm missing out on such awesome stuff. Great pics and I'm glad you not only survived, but got to participate.

  8. One of your friends appears to have gotten a missed connection:

  9. @Erin - How did you find this/know that was MY contingent?! So excited... I just sent it along to him!!!

  10. @f.B. - gaross. stick to (bottled) water, not dc water. only your (Jewish) mother would say such a thing. lu

  11. your Jewish mother who loves you so much she woke you at 6:40 a.m.!

  12. If only I hadn't been SO hung over... it looks like a blast!


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