Jen Obermaier has agreed to be my first guest blogger! Jen and Leigh went to the Pride Parade in St. Pete weekend before last, and here's the story.
Saturday, June 28 was a hot day in St. Pete. Those of us from Florida don’t usually go outside this time of year voluntarily, but this was a special day for us and attendance was mandatory. It was St. Pete Pride, 2008 . There were an estimated 75,000 people in attendance.
Oh, and five pathetic protesters from Georgia who, in their effort to get all of us to accept Jesus Christ and renounce homosexuality, gave us important nuggets such as “Jesus is going to drop kick your asses to hell!”
We don’t have pictures of them, so we’ll have to do a visualization exercise together. Ready? Ok, you know the homeless guys that sell the newspapers in the middle of major intersections? Imagine five of them holding really nasty signs and one with a bull horn and a very shallow grasp of logic and you have it. There you go. No picture necessary!
The Democrats were out in force!
Tampa Bay’s O-Train energizes the crowd!
The diva Stephanie Shippae! She’s still around and looking fabulous after all these years.
Twirling rifles followed by rainbow flag spinning color guards.
Now that’s some hair!
One of the parade’s highlights: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The comedian ANT came down to celebrate with us. I guess he didn’t catch the weather forecast because he’s wearing not one but two black shirts and corduroy pants!
Note: he’s not from the south.
Thanks, Jen, and welcome back to the blog anytime!