Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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

So on Sunday after a bubbly start to the day, creatures of habit that we are, we took our usual places along Santa Monica Boulevard to watch this year's Pride procession.
WEHO Cheer at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
At the roadside along from Kings Road we watched the 2009 West Hollywood Pride Parade as it started down by Crescent Heights Blvd and gayly marched its way past us all the way up to Robertson Blvd.
Love float at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Yesterday you saw a selection of the wonderful costumes and floats on display, today I thought I'd showcase some more of the performers who entertained the crowds all morning.
Tropical dancer West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Some of the Parade participants quite literally entertained the spectators, with show-tunes, cabaret and dance numbers.
West Hollywood cheerleader Gay Pride Parade 09
There was the classy Upright Cabaret float with live singers and band playing...
Upright Cabaret perform at West Hollywood Pride 2009
The Gay Men's Chorus belting out and performing a few Broadway classics...
Gay Men's Chorus entertain crowds at at West Hollywood Pride 2009
Gay Men's Chorus sing live at West Hollywood Pride 2009
Gay Men's Chorus perform at West Hollywood Pride 2009
It's quite a lengthy procession, with around 135 floats and groups taking part, so it's nice when the participants go the extra mile and put on a show. There's nothing like a bit of musicality to go with the creativity of the floats.

Spectacular cheerleaders entertain the crowds
LA Cheer entertain crowds at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
Acrobatic cheerleaders at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
And as with West Hollywood Gay Pride 2008, L.A. Cheer cheerleading troop were on hand to wow the crowds with impressive acrobatic tumbling, throws and lifts.
LA Cheer cheerleaders at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
LA Cheer entertain crowds at WEHO Pride Parade 09
Tumbling cheerleaders - West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Pride is more than just a 'gay event' (even though around 400,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals and every other flavour in the rainbow descend upon West Hollywood).
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 NBC Universal float
It's a fantastic opportunity to educate and interact with the local community of families, friends, churches, police force, employers, services and businesses.
Police support at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Having said that Pride is also about belonging and being accepted at home, at work, in the community and the world at large.
West Hollywood Gay Pride, Peace and Love Parade 2009
There's always a lot of love and pride on the day, plus it's always a peaceful celebration (we play well with others).
Chico's Angels at WEHO Gay Pride 2009
And I'm all for self expression, but sometimes there are some sights better left unseen...
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 sights
WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009 shockers
But good for them for having the nerve to be a part of the Parade and entertain the onlookers.
Glittery stilt-man at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
As well as being a time for celebration, the Pride Parade is also a brilliant time for campaigning with so much public attendance and media attention. 

Here comes 'The Bride'...
The blushing bride at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
It was great to see so many people protesting Prop 8 and vowing to achieve equality and repeal the unfair act in 2010.

Support Gay marriage and equality by 2010
Repeal Prop 8 supporters at West Hollywood Gay Pride 2009

No more hate!
No more hate - West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 09

Equality for all
Equality at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009

Support same-sex marriage
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 same sex marriage support
It's also a great time to remind everyone about practicing safe sex, whether gay or straight.
Safe sex muscle inflatable WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
As you can see the June gloom didn't dampen anyone's spirits and as a reward, the sun broke through in the early afternoon as the Parade drew to a close.

Playhouse pirates get into character
Playhouse Pirates at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
Playhouse Pirates at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 09
Hot Playhouse Pirate at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 09
Gay Pirate ship at West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009
I'll leave you today with some more West Hollywood hunks from this year's Parade.
West Hollywood hunks Gay Pride Parade 2009
I'll see you tomorrow for even more great images from WEHO Pride 2009...

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails