The 2011version of the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration (commonly known as the Houston Gay Pride Parade) was attended by a large crowd. (I’ll be interested in what the official count will be.) The parade was lead off by the traditional HPD cruiser and contingent, followed directly by Houston’s own gay mayor, Annise Parker, with her partner, Kathy Hubbard at her side.
There was no lack of other politicians riding in the parade, including many of the current city council, and council wannabees, as well as state representatives and congresspeople. There were a large number of groups representing a wide variety of gay interests, many who have participated year after year. However, every year there are new participants.
Many things have changed about the parade have changed over the years. For one there is a lot less police “presence” along the parade route. Maybe that’s due to having a gay mayor. There are perhaps more straight people than gay people that attend these days. Sometimes, I wonder if they are really interested in the groups, or just want to get the beads that are thrown. I saw more drinking than I have seen before, as illustrated by a 50-something woman, who eased in next to me, and screamed at every float or group. Her name was Julie. Yes, that’s what she screamed, “Hey, it’s me Julie.” I hope she enjoys all her loot. Yes, the Gay Pride Parade has changed.
See story and photos of 2010 Pride Parade here.
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