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Gay pride marchers celebrate with parades, parties

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:45 PM
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NEW YORK — Thousands of marchers and a rainbow of floats filled the streets of New York and other U.S. cities on Sunday as people celebrated gay pride, part of a weekend of events marred by a shooting death Saturday at a street party in San Francisco.

Participants in New York's annual parade, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson, made their way down Fifth Avenue toward the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Throngs of people turned out despite the heat and humidity on Sunday to watch the city's annual parade.

One of the parade's grand marshals was Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who sued her Mississippi school district over its policy banning same-sex prom dates.

San Francisco's 40th annual gay pride weekend started Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, where thousands converged as vendors sold barbecue and burritos and DJs spun tunes on a large stage. The party later moved into the city's Castro District for the "Pink Saturday" street party, where police said a 19-year-old man was killed and two others injured in a shooting late Saturday.

Police were investigating what led to the shooting but Officer Phil Gordon told the San Francisco Chronicle authorities did not believe it was a hate crime.

City leaders said based on the initial investigation they did not believe the violence would cause officials to cancel future gay pride events in the Castro.

A 2006 shooting at Halloween party in the Castro resulted in the halting of all subsequent city-sanctioned Halloween festivities there.

Thousands gathered to watch and participate in the city's gay pride parade. The Backstreet Boys were due to perform and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, was scheduled to deliver a videotaped address to revelers.

Chicago's parade included the first-ever float from the Cubs and an appearance by the Stanley Cup — NHL's championship trophy.

The Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup title since 1961 this year, and the parade marks the first time the trophy has been on display at a gay-themed event, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame's Phil Pritchard.

"We are thrilled that it worked out as it's important for the city and important for the franchise," Blackhawks spokesman Adam Rogowin said.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20100627/US.Gay.Pride.Celebration/

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:45 PM
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tericared
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 12:54 AM

 gay pride flag 2  I use to go to the Gay Pride events when I lived in California many years ago,,,,what a great party....

 







Jellybean82
by Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:42 AM

Our community had a pride parade on Saturday.  We took our kids and met our friends there.  There were a handful of protesters, but the rather large crowd was 99% supportive.  I was pleasantly surprised, considering we live in a very conservative state.

Jellybean82
by Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:42 AM

BUMP!

tericared
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:54 AM

 There is no way my little town would even think about putting up one rainbow flag.....I cant even go out of my home in Hijab....Bunch of uptight straight laced people where I live...

Jellybean82
by Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 3:36 AM


Quoting tericared:

 There is no way my little town would even think about putting up one rainbow flag.....I cant even go out of my home in Hijab....Bunch of uptight straight laced people where I live...

Bigots, you mean?

fnpdocgrrl
by Boudica on Jun. 28, 2010 at 3:48 AM

Exactly.

Quoting Jellybean82:


Quoting tericared:

 There is no way my little town would even think about putting up one rainbow flag.....I cant even go out of my home in Hijab....Bunch of uptight straight laced people where I live...

Bigots, you mean?


tericared
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM

 

Quoting fnpdocgrrl:

Exactly.

Quoting Jellybean82:

 

Quoting tericared:

 There is no way my little town would even think about putting up one rainbow flag.....I cant even go out of my home in Hijab....Bunch of uptight straight laced people where I live...

Bigots, you mean?

 

 That is a word I could use,,,,and a few others that are not very lady like...

BleedinHeartMom
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM


Quoting tericared:

 There is no way my little town would even think about putting up one rainbow flag.....I cant even go out of my home in Hijab....Bunch of uptight straight laced people where I live...

My friend Dajah came and visited me last yr at 4th of July, we went to the towns celebration and she had her Hijab on, and OMG we were literally ran off they were yelling terrorist at her..I felt so bad for her, the louder I screamed to defend her the worse the words got..I couldnt believe the people I grew up with were closet bigots

MamaScorpio88
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I plan on taking my kids when they are older. We are only about an hour out of SF.

margroc
by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 2:20 PM

This is pride week in Toronto as well - the 30th anniversary.  It's grown to become one of the largest pride weeks in the world.

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