The weekend kicked off with the parade, which lasted almost three hours as I stood on a ledge, trying to be coordinated enough to take pictures and not fall. Mardi Gras beads, candy, fans, condoms, and beach balls were thrown out to the crowds. There were some great floats, full of men and women in golden swimsuits, cowboys dancing, rainbow flags, balloons. We ended up at Phase One for the after party, so many people you had to stand up straight on the dance floor. I don’t think I have ever seen so many women in such a cramped space with a few men mixed in. It was a great time, and it has been so long since I have been dancing.
Sunday was the festival. Stretching down several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, it was comprised of booths form LGBTQ* organizations to vendors to big name companies like Wells Fargo. There was some fabulous food as well (I have a weakness for crabcakes). My favorite part of the festival though was dancing in front of the stage as the fire department soaked the crowd.
Here are some highlights from the weekend:
It was great to see so many people having a great time. I would definitely recommend coming out next year. It’s so close for me that I will most likely be back. And with Travelocity, I easily found a cheap hotel for two nights. Leaving my car at a Metro station was easy and cheaper and faster than driving into the city as well. It was a great way to kick off pride season. What are your pride stories?