Atlanta Gay Pride 2013
This past weekend, October 11th, 12th and 13th was the 43rd Annual Atlanta Gay Pride Celebration. People came from all over to partake in the festivities honoring the diversity of the LGBT Community. While I didn’t get to attend every event that I wanted to, I was able to get to several of them.
First, I’ll just go on and get it out of the way. Saturday, I got to see Steve Grand. Y’all know I’m a fan. He sure is easy on the eyes, and ears. And there he was, up on the Coca Cola Stage, only about 20 feet away from where I stood. That’s probably as close as I could get without getting myself in trouble. Seriously, the man gave a good performance. And he seems like a really sweet guy. I hope he continues to do well.
The vendors and booths set up in the park this year were incredible. I wish I had an official count of the number. I think we had more than ever before. Pretty much anything you can imagine was there. One vendor, in full drag, was selling Tupperware. Of course there were several merchants selling underwear. If only I looked like the models when I wore those briefs. Even Macy’s had a booth.
Of course the pinnacle of the weekend is the Gay Pride Parade on Sunday. Thanks to some wonderful friends, I was able to enjoy the parade from a great location on Peachtree, and still have access to amenities and libations. The parade lasted for a couple of hours, the largest one to date. I know we have never had so many churches and other religious organizations marching and riding floats in the procession. The news last night reported that more than one hundred thousand people attended the parade. Judging by the crowds, I believe it.
This whole weekend was so inspiring and energizing. To see the love and support that Atlanta, and the world, showered down on the LGBT Community was absolutely breath-taking. It truly gives me hope for a brighter day. I was able to share my joy with dozens of my best friends, including some I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. And I made some new friends. All in all, it was a perfect weekend.
Ken (for those that don’t know, that’s me on the right. Beside me is my partner, Andy)