Sunday, June 14, 2015

Attended the DC Pride Parade!

Yesterday, we went to the big 3-Hour long Washington DC Pride Parade. Our friend Chris is visiting from Florida and he had never been to the DC parade before. We met our friend Jeff and enjoyed the colorful parade in the intense heat (it was in the mid-90s with a heat index near 100).  
Ken and Jill stopped during the march
Great band playing
  Our friends Jill and Ken marched in the parade with their sign that said "God blessed us with 2 gay sons" (my nephews), and stopped for a hug a picture. It was a family-friendly event, with lots of things for kids to do along the route, too.
Marching band
church group
LOTS OF CORPORATE SUPPORT OF GAY RIGHTS -  It was awesome to see so many companies like Hilton, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, a dog rescue, dog boarding, Embassy Row hotels, Celebrity Cruises, a bunch of accepting churches, PFLAG, a gay country bar with dancers, and more. 
Nationals Baseball characters
Dancing cowboys

   There was a Russian contingent marching, and a group of bagpipers from England, and what was really moving to me was a group of people who left countries where being gay is a crime, and emigrated to the U.S. to be safe. That choked me up! 

Marching band

We liked these outfits, too. :)
     Of course there were drag queens for the more flamboyant, entertaining side- dressed as Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, Cher and others. 

Ella Fitzgerald, drag queen and nice umbrella holder
An outfit we liked
Rob, Tom, Chris
The crowd was overwhelming
Tom, Chris and Jeff
Zach Wahls
The Hilton Hotels
There were a lot of celebrities that marched, too. One was marching with the Scouts group who supported including gay leaders and kids. It was led by Zach Wahls. Zach made is mark in Iowa Legislature as a guest speaker. He has two moms, and spoke eloquently (years ago) about how they are his family, and they are no different than a family with a mom and dad. Zacharia "Zach" Wahls is an author, LGBT equality activist, and co-founder of Scouts for Equality.
Bagpipe group from England
The float with the Dolly Parton drag queen !
  Another was Gene Robinson, the  retired gay bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the U.S. 
     The support gave me chills. What a different, more accepting world it is today from when I was a kid in the 1960s-70s and had to hide in fear. (of course, gay people in the south still have to hide to keep jobs and not be beaten up).
A beach-themed float
   It was a great parade and a great show of support, love and acceptance. 
What a difference the younger generation has made by rejecting the ridiculous fears from conservatives our generation. The world is a more accepting, welcoming place. You can see that from this parade.  

The Pride Not Prejudice Bus
Freddies bar in VA had a ship float with people dressed as sailors

Video game float-Mario Bros and some other game

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next