It was too nice to stay in Sunday, so SteelerDude and I put on some tie dye and headed uptown with the dogs to check out Charlotte's first LGBT Pride Parade in 19 years. A large time was had by all, and you know I brought back eye candy!
Under blue skies on Sunday, a cheering, rainbow-flag-waving crowd lined Tryon Street to revel in the first gay pride parade in Charlotte in 19 years.Fifty. Five. Thousand. Who you calling a red state?
Mayor Patsy Kinsey, as well as two openly gay City Council members, rode in the parade, joined by a marching band, floats, a double-decker Bank of America bus and the Wells Fargo stagecoach.
Organizers of the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade didn’t have a crowd estimate on Sunday afternoon, but said the throng exceeded expectations. Attendance for the weekend of festivities will likely exceed 55,000, said media chairman Matt Comer.
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A quick word before we get to the pictures. It's hard to overestimate the absolute wonder of being right in the middle of this great big party. I tried to do justice to the enormity of the crowd, but it literally went on for city block after city block, in both directions from my perch on a bench along S. Tryon. I kept waiting for someone to kick me off, but no one did.
Bear in mind that all that follows happened in Charlotte, North Carolina, birthplace of Billy Graham and NASCAR. And, it followed our impressive turnout for Moral Monday less than a week ago. I've been here almost a decade, and have never seen anything like it.