Thursday, June 18, 2009

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

As you can see from the three previous days of Parade photos from this year's WEHO Gay Pride, there were lots of sights to catch on camera.
Leopard skin pink Sister of Perpetual Indulgence WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
I'd heard a rumour that the Parade was 'toned down' this year because of the additional media attention it would garner in light of Proposition 8 passing and the gay community's efforts to repeal it, so that we could all appear more 'normal' and 'acceptable'.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Wicked nun at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
If this is the case it's such a shame that our energy, creativity and fabulousness has to be reigned in, because regardless of what some ill-informed Californians may think, we're not all sexual deviants, just everyday people who want to share the same equal rights as everyone else.
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009 Rainbow Sister of Perpetual Indulgence
Nurse Sister of Perpetual Indulgence West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
I absolutely love the 'dragged up' Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with all their fabulous costumes and confident attitude.

Hot Parade dancers
Hot dancing guy at WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
So far in my coverage of West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade 2009 I've showcased the fantastic floats, wonderful entertainers, the various modes of transport and just some of the fabulous people in this year's Parade, so today here are some more of the colourful characters that make Pride celebrations so unique and vibrant.

Pleasure Chest float
Pleasure Chest float WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009
Just look at the imagination that went into these 'under the sea' costumes.
Under the sea at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
It was one of the most original and fun groups in the Parade and its always so inspiring to see the effort that people put into their costume designs.
WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009 sea creatures
How can these costumes not put a smile on your face?
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 sea-life costume
It's only my second West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade, but I do love the whole spectacle of the event and how it's so inclusive, with all my neighbours young and old and local families lining the streets to watch the colourful procession. I really does give me hope for the future.

Mr, Miss and Ms Gay Pride 2009
Mr and Miss Gay Pride WEHO Parade 2009
The Parade always features such a wide variety of groups and individuals, from charities and support groups to gay parents and cycling clubs, marching bands, bars and night clubs, plus representatives from other neighbourhoods like Long Beach and Las Vegas.

Proudly celebrating 30 years of the Gay Freedom Band L.A.
Gay Freedom Band at West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009
West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009 baton twirlers
Gay Freedom Band at WEHO Pride Parade 2009
West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009 Gay Freedom Band drummers
West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009 Gay Freedom Band flute player

AIDS Walk L.A.
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 Aids Walk group

Gay housing for the elderly float
West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009 Gay elderly housing float

Long Beach Gay and Lesbian float
WEHO pride Parade 2009 Long Beach gay and lesbian float
On the day you'll also find a diverse collection of all genders, young and old, gay and straight.

Gay and straight alliance network marchers
West Hollywood Pride Parade 2009 Gay and Straight alliance

Last float in the Parade
Last float at WEHO Gay pride Parade 2009
Plus there's also those willing to dress up and entertain the crowds to support a worthy cause.

Best in Drag Aid for Aids float
Best in Drag West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
Drag queens at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009 poodle drag queen
Aid for Aids float at West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009
From Drag Queens to Dragons...
West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009 Chinese Dragon
And there's always someone present amidst the music and spectacle to whip up the crowd, make everyone laugh and get them cheering the Parade participants along the route.
WEHO Gay Pride Parade 2009 float leader
West Hollywood cheer at Gay Pride Parade 2009

Keeping the carnival spirit alive
Party guys West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade 2009

Entertaining the onlookers in style
Pride dancers at West Hollywood Gay Parade 2009
I'm so proud that we come in many colours of the rainbow and are not afraid to show it...

2 comments:

lowellpendon said...

these are lovely photos

Jason in Hollywood said...

Glad you enjoyed the pics - thanks for the kind words!

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