Guess where we were today?

This is one of my all time favourite portraits I have ever taken. She is adorable. And I’m so glad she looked right at me.

Mike and I went to the Gay Pride Parade today – a bigger parade than I have ever, ever seen or been to. It went on for a good 2 hours. I. LOVED. IT.

Thanks to my co-worker, also named Mike, we got a parking spot about 3 blocks away from the parade route. We got there about half an hour before it started, picked out our spot on the sidewalk and got the cameras ready. This was the first time I’d been to the parade, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect…men in leather? Men in underpants? Drag Queens? I was not disappointed. In fact, this parade had all that and more!

There were beauty queens:

Awesome street signs on a float:

We should all live in neighbourhoods with street signs that say End of Hate Street! And City Pride Place! And Violence NO WAY!

Speaking of floats, there was no shortage of floats – floats with balloons and bubbles and music. My favourite floats included music. It just made it easier for all the people on the floats to keep their energy up – except for the women on the motorcycles. They didn’t need music for that. Or floats. They were pretty great, actually.

There were adorable fairies – some even had wings!

As the parade progressed, the crowd got bigger and bigger…

I have so many photos from the day, I think I’ll have to spread them out over the next few days. Parade week? Looks like I’ve got a theme this week! Also, it really only seems fair to have a whole post dedicated to guys in their underpants – including GLADIATORS! WEWT! It was the parade that just kept on giving!

I’ll post those photos very soon!


  1. Denise says:

    I’ve been waiting all day to see your photos and you did not disappoint! I haven’t been to the Pride Parade for many years, but I always loved the creativity and all the colours! I can’t wait to see more photos you’ll post.

  2. happy zombie says:

    My big fat gay pride parade – I love it, and love that you went! So festive and happy and colorful – a feast for the eyes, ears and soul.

    You photos are AMAZING (as always), and can’t wait to see more!

  3. Cynthia says:

    Awesome! So much fun, I think I’m going to have to come in next year- we never did go to it when we lived in the city but it looks like so much fun!
    I saw the gal with the flowery dress on the news- so cute!

  4. redspottedpatch says:

    When we were down in Seattle last, we ended up amongst their gay pride festivities, what a hoot that was!
    I just love how vibrant and radiant your photo’s are Carol and since we couldn’t make it to Vancouver’s they are the next best thing!

  5. Kelaine says:

    How convenient that Gay Pride Photo Week coincides with Shark Week! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was concerned that I would miss Llama week but now I am not worried. I’m sure to be endlessly amused.

  6. Suzanne Crawford says:

    Sorry I missed it this year but nice to see these photos and looking forward to the rest.

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