Homo We’re Nothing Without a Theme
posted by June 18 at 16:42 PMon
Props to SOAP, the people behind the downtown Pride Parade; last year’s was huge and better than ever (in my lifetime), and this year they’ve promised to make it shorter (only three hours!), with less gaps, less garbage, and more sanicans. And the new announcers… thank god.
But what’s with the flaccid theme, Out for Change? What is anyone supposed to do with or learn from that? It conjures beggars and not much else. Yet float-makers and participants are emplored to “use this theme to guide your Pride Parade expression!” The Dyke March theme is not much better: Start it Up! Pfffft.
Pride is not prom and it comes ready-packaged with a plenty rich theme. The theme of the Pride Parade should be gay pride, visibility, and civil rights. The theme of the Dyke March should be, obviously, Yay, dykes!
It’s possible that the necessity of these vague themes is a gay thing that I don’t get.
Other Pride news: If you’re a planner-aheader, we have Pride listings online already.