Not even the June gloom could dispel the sense of gay pride at West Hollywood's Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, as Santa Monica Boulevard was crammed with colour, D-List celebrities and local characters.
Pride's Grand Marshal: Ice-skating superstar Johnny Weir
It's my fourth Pride in L.A. and this year we tried out a new location further down the Parade route for a change.
Perennial favourite Micky's Bar fire truck
Even though I love this annual celebration of our gay community I couldn't help but feel there was something lacking.
Pride's Lifetime Achievement Award:
Gay-friendly funny lady Margaret Cho
Pride's Person of the Year: Bravo's Andy Cohen
with Flipping Out's Jenni Pulos and Zoila Chavez
Drag Race season 3 winner: Raja and runner-up Manila Luzon
Hollywood's infamous Pink Lady: Kitten Kay Sera
Where was the energy, the originality and creativity that makes our way of life so fabulous and vibrant?
Hot Pride Parade guys and girls
Surely it couldn't all have been about where I was standing to view the Parade this year?
I felt like I'd seen it all before, where were the new floats and themed costume entries, where was the quality?
Gloria Alred and The All-Reds
Unfortunately this year seemed like so much self promotion, be if from the likes of attorney's like Gloria Alred, to the Renaissance Faire and film studios promoting forthcoming movies with no discernible gay theme.
Hollywood Fringe entertained the crowds
LA Cheer put on a show
Yes, it's great that companies come out to support their LGBT staff and the community, but does a Gelson's truck and the same shopping carts every year really say 'we support you', or does it say we can't be bothered to make an effort?
If we have to sacrifice quantity for quality so be it.
Barnacle Busters LGBT scuba club make an effort for the Parade
I'd love to see more decorated and themed floats, more outrageous costumes, more carnival spirit, more drama and spectacle.
I want to see the diversity and passion of a community brought to life.
AIDS Lifecycle heroes
And I'm not advocating that the important gay rights issues, charities and support groups have to be left by the way side either, this is a fantastic once a year opportunity to demonstrate, celebrate and be seen and heard.
Campaigning for equality and help for the gay community
Let's put on a show for all ages, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference and be proud of it.
Basically I want to have my cake and eat it too.
I may be sounding like a bitter old queen, but I think there are some constructive criticisms here, but to be honest, I'd rather have a mediocre Pride Parade than none at all.
Check out the highlights from previous West Hollywood Pride Parades in 2010, 2009 and 2008 to see how they were different.
Eat your heart our Glee - Out staff from NBC Universal
Going Gaga for West Hollywood's Gay Pride Parade
And come back soon for even more photos from this year's Pride festivities...