Monday, June 15, 2009

Fabulous highlights of West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade 14th June 2009 - Part one...

Stars, politicians, families and fabulous people came out for fantastic Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood this year.

Gay icon Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Not even the June gloom could stop our community from celebrating our pride and diversity.
 
West Hollywood Parade Superheroes
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 Superhero float
This year, after a champagne breakfast to put us all in the party spirit, I saw all of the WEHO Parade and not just the tail-end. With so many floats I even managed to use up all my digital camera memory in the first hour and so had to vet images as I went along, so enjoy these fantastic photographs.

The Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
First up is one of my favorite floats of the whole Parade, even though it was towards the very end of the Parade, mainly because of its superhero theme, with its many Marvel Comics and DC characters. 

Marvel heroes at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
Marvel heroes at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
But also because this float is so fun and colourful and the 'heroes' seemed to be having such a good time performing for the crowds with such gay abandon.

Wolverine in classic blue and gold
Wolverine at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Gay icon Wonder Woman led the way, proudly waving the stars and stripes flag and flanked by Marvel's the Silver Surfer, Wolverine and Spider-man on one side of the truck and DC Comics Batman, Catwoman and Robin on the other side.

Here to save the day...
Marvel heroes at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
I mean what gay man doesn't want to dress up in spandex as Wonder Woman or be Linda Carter for that matter (or is it just me?). 
Colourful balloons at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009Glamourous ladies at WEHO gay Pride 2009
Even though it was a great spectacle, I have to admit seeing the whole thing did take while and at times you did want to speed the Parade up.

Bienestar Aztec float
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 Aztec float
It was a shame that the skies were so overcast this year for the Parade (earlier in the morning there had been clear blue skies and sunshine), but the colourful floats and costumes were the perfect tonic to brighten everyone's spirits.
Community church bus at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
There seemed to be an overabundance of politicians and city officials in the Parade this year, cynically it smacked of opportunistic politicking.
Gay power at West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009
Hopefully they were they to show their support for the gay community and for everyone's efforts to overturn the unfair Proposition 8, give us equal rights and make same-sex marriage legal in the future.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom 
and wife Jennifer Siebel
San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom and girlfriend Jennifer Siebel at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Gavin Newson, San Francisco's Mayor, and his pregnant wife Jennifer Siebel (or Mrs Gavin Newsom) were in attendance walking as part of the Parade (accompanied by lots of bodyguards).

Comedienne Chelsea Handler
Comedienne Chelsea Handler at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Stand-up comedienne, actress and late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler rode one of the Pride floats. 
Chelsea Handler at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Good on her for really getting into the spirit of things, waving to the bystanders in her killer Tiffany-blue high heels and proud pink head scarf.

Telenovela star Kate del Castillo
Mexican actress Kate del Castillo at West Hollywood gay Pride Parade 2009
Mexican actress and soap star Kate del Castillo was also amongst the 'famous names' on the day.
Actress Kate del Castillo at WEHO gay Pride Parade 2009
And is that Tootsie or Elton John in drag? No it's the sparkling vision in red herself, Miss Traffic!
Miss Traffic at West Hollywood gay Pride Parade 2009
Considering we're in the heart of movieland, it's a real shame more well known celebrities and stars don't come to show their support - gay or otherwise (well take them all).
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 dancing float
Anyway, there were enough Parade 'stars' and colourful characters to keep us all entertained.
Gay wrestlers at WEHO Pride Parade 2009Carnival spirit at WEHO Pride Parade 2009
Las Vegas Pride star at WEHO Parade 2009
Not surprisingly this year, a big theme of the day was equality and gay marriage rights. 
Gay Marriage cake at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
My personal thanks go to everyone who marched in the Parade on the community's behalf and for all their continuing efforts to help us get equal rights in the future.
Gay marriage support at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
It was great to see so many families on the roadside to watch the parade and hopefully their children will grow up with a healthy attitude and acceptance towards gay life and it was also encouraging to see so much support from local churches.
Church support at West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009
Let's also not forget one of the most important elements of any Gay Pride Parade - the hot male eye candy!

Hot guys strut their stuff for the crowds
Hot guys at West Hollywood gay Pride Parade 2009
Hot male eye candy at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009Manhunt skater boy at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
If you'd like to see how this year's Parade compares to last year, check out my highlights from West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade 2008.
Gay Pride at WEHO Parade 2009
Come back tomorrow for more fabulous coverage of WEHO's Gay Pride Parade 2009...

2 comments:

roentarre said...

Great posts

I love the colour and the people in various costumes

The silver figure in the parade seems to be quite prominent with the appendage there

hollywoodkids said...

Pride Festival and Parade 2009 West Hollywood Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwjvgAfN658

Pride Festival and Parade 2009 West Hollywood Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xHfOFzVeFk

The 2009 Pride Festival and Parade in West Hollywood, CA. Featuring Gloria Allred, Democratic Party Members who support the repeal of Prop 8, Gelson's Market, Fairfax High School Marching Band, Micky's Flaming Gay Bar, Red Bull, Evian, and New Zealand Air. Shot by Keith Coogan on June 14, 2009 with the Sony HDR-HC1, edited on an iMac with iMovie.

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