Gay Pride 2010

>> Monday, June 14, 2010

Maybe because the economy is still generally down and hasn't recovered yet, Philadelphia's gay scene is in a little bit of a downward spiral. The gay pride parade this year seems to be a lot smaller than the last. The executive director of the biggest Asian organization is stepping down, only 2 out of the 10 or so local gay bars sponsored and staffed floats. There was also a rumor about the much beloved gay and lesbian film festival is down-scaling quite a bit which worries me because I'm a big supporter and if the selection of films is smaller I'm not confident that only the better ones remain.

Even though the parade is not as jam-packed, it still took quite a bit of time to walk down the street. At times, you have to stand there and wait 20 minutes for the next float to come by. In the middle of that, it also rained quite a bit and the heat of the day just added to the whole uncomfortableness. Good thing, me and my friends sneaked inside a sandwich shop and watch people go by when we're eating in full air conditioning in front of the windows. We even got in the designated area in time to see Jennifer Coolidge, though we missed Raven from RuPaul's Drag Race.

So these are the pictures I took:

Dykes on Bikes

Marching Band

Rainbow Pups (Poor Dogs...)

Gay Cheerleader Team from NY

Random Flagwaivers

Yellow Chicken Team from Woody's

Closer Look of the Muscled Hotties in The Back

Forgot What This Was For...

Philadelphia Fins Swimming Team

The Asian Float

Blow Up Dolls and the Heat Suit

The Philadelphia Flaggots Had to be the Best in Show.

And Of Course Jennifer Coolidge.

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