Yesterday's Pride Parade was marked by extremely beautiful weather and a much more relaxed tone than last year's march, which was frantic right after Marriage Equality Act had just passed.
Steven Thrasher "Drill, Baby, Drill" would have a different meaning here than Sarah Palin meant
Although we wrote in this week's Voice feature that debate has grown limited in gay organizations, the march had a full spectrum of points expressed. In the alley where the Voice's contingent lined up, there was an Israeli group and a Palestinian supportive group queued up near each other. Yes, there were the onslaught of banks and finance companies marching which we wrote about last week, but there were groups as divergent as the anti-circumcision flank ("Dude, Where's My Foreskin?"), churches, anti-animal cruelty marchers, anti-fracking folk ("Drill Ass, Not Gas"), Occupy Wall Street, elected officials, and a surprisingly welcomed contingent of NYPD white shirts (perhaps welcomed because they held musical instruments and not battons and riot helmets).
As we waited to march with the Voice (lauded by the parade's announcer for this paper's coverage of LGBT issues going back decades, to Stonewall really), we got to watch a fair amount of the parade pass by and interviewed some of the politicians. Here are a few snapshots.More »