Homo Pride Parade Awards!
posted by June 25 at 17:11 PMon
The Stranger created the Pride Parade Awards because it wasn’t enough to complain about the Pride Parade—although we reserve the right do that—we felt we had to do something to make it better. We wanted to give The Gays an incentive to pull out the stops, to go over the top, and to spend some damn money on floats and costumes in hopes of maybe winning it all back and more.
There was lots of great stuff in the parade this year—an actual, honest-to-God marching band, Amy Kate’s belly dancing squad, the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps (ROTC), Ed Murray’s bagpipers, the Goth float (!), and, of course, them dykes on their bikes. Consider yourselves the runners-up, all tied for fourth place.
But now… the winners of the First Annual Stranger Pride Parade Awards…
In third place, taking bronze, a $1000 check, and a lovely trophy….
CAMP’S CAMPFIRE. The judges thought CAMP’s ginormous campfire was beautifully constructed and that it promoted CAMP’s mission—organizing camping trips for gay men—while also giving the crowd something fun to look at. The huge marshmallows—toasted then tossed—were a nice, interactive touch.
In second place, taking silver, a check $1500, and a lovely trophy…
BIG PINK POODLE by Tacky Tourist Club of America. Their anatomically correct pink poodle, pulled down the street by hunky men in leather, had the biggest balls in the parade. The poodle was tacky and risque, the men in harnesses were hot and beefy, and the fully retractable penis was, well… full retractable. Nice work!
And in first place, taking gold, a check for $2000 and a lovely trophy…
BEARS, BATH, AND BEYOND!
This two-sided float, created by Northwest Bears, was the crowd favorite. Hell, it made both of Seattle’s daily papers, displacing the usual shots of drag queens and half-naked lesbians on Harleys. Featuring a tub full of hairy daddies covered in suds, “Bears, Bath and Beyond” was funny and sexy, camp and butch, and the unanimous choice of our judges.
I spoke with the guys from Northwest Bears at the pride celebration at Seattle Center after presenting them with their trophy and check. I was thrilled to learn that Northwest Bears decided to go for it—to build their spectacular float—after finding out about our contest. “I was sure we would win if we pulled this together,” said one of the bears, “but some of the guys were nervous about spending the money.” And how much did they spend? “We spent $1500, so we came out ahead!”
Ahead and on top! Congratulations to Northwest Bears!