Thank god! Now maybe people will try harder to be entertaining.
Hey, maybe I'll even go to Pride this year.
I mostly stopped going years ago. When I first came out, I religiously went to Pride parade every year. I was so exited. But after a while, the excitement of newly coming out wore off, and all that was left was a boring fucking parade with the same trucks advertising the same bars year after year. I've been going once every few years, just to see if anything has changed. BORRRRRING!
I heard last year's Pride downtown was more fun, despite the angry Capitol Hill die hards (hey, guess what, not every homo in the county lives on Capitol Hill!).
Hopefully the lure of a decent prize might entice a few people to actually make an effort to do something besides a tired advertising banner on the side of a truck.
Why no awards for best non-nude Fremont Solstice Parade ensemble?
Thank gawd. The floats have been horrible 4 ever. You guys should make a way people who want to make a float can hook up.
if this can make the parade better this year, the move downtown looks like a great one. Making the festival one day looks like it is also letting them focus on making it better - the website is definitely looking good, and adding Rat City Rollergirls and Bend It! is brilliant and will bring in a much more diverse crowd.
This is great, Stranger. Thanks for doing this.
Oh Yes, Oh Yes, this is wonderful! Pete and Sam will be so happy. After our "Pussycats for Pride" wins first place we shall spend our money on toys and food and perhaps a grooming accessory or two. And you "Poodles for Pride" are sooo last year! So don't even bother entering. Meow.
The Deacon says "Amen!" to that.
Is the abbreviation " 'mos " new? I've never read or heard it before.
Why is the judging by Stranger 'mos, not Slog trolls?
if anyone who sees this wants to help with a non-profit float, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm serious...I want to put together something cool for QArts and I am NOT getting any support yet...
Shouldn't there be some token non-'mos on the panel? Isn't this Pride demonstration supposed to show something to the community at large, not just the 'in-bred' crowd?
FINALLY! For once we might have a decent parade and not just pockets after pockets of boring walking and political agendas. I wouldn't mind seeing our major in a dress, like Rudy! :o)
I think this is a brilliant proposal by The Stranger. Several years ago, some friends and I---tired of the same old, stale parade---created an awards program for the parade. For six years in a row, from 1999 through 2004, we gave out $21,200 raised in $100 increments from private individuals. Our single largest award fund was in 2001 with $4,700. While Iím proud of what we accomplished, sadly, I saw no profound change in the parade itself.
We were initially hampered by mistrust on the part of the organizers as well as by a seemingly apathetic community more interested in griping about the parade than doing anything constructive about it.
Frankly, we also made the mistake of not offering the funds directly to the winners but insisted instead on asking them to name gay community non-profits to receive the funds. Too many politically correct, feel-good intentions got in the way of simply making it seem attractive to win.
I commend The Stranger for the straightforward nature of these awards. I hope for a wonderful assortment of funny, gorgeous, witty, smart, thoughtful, and moving presentations from a community so well equipped to offer them. If the gay community of Seattle canít finally put on a great parade, who could?
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