Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and reject a call to overturn the decision to strike down Prop 8 in California (the upshot of which is that same-sex marriage is legal in California), was a very well-timed Gay Pride weekend across the country. The Pride parade is a festival of political speech and scandalous outfits. I was at the San Francisco pride parade, and while the usual scene was in full force, the striking part was how many corporations wanted to get in on the act. Facebook, Virgin America, Kaiser Permanente and Safeway, yes, Safeway all had floats in the Pride parade. Gay rights have gone mainstream. And that's a beautiful thing.
Here are some of the best images from gay pride parades around the country.
A rainbow stilt-walker towers over the Chicago gay pride parade. (Flickr, Elaine Marschik, CC License)
That rainbow balloon fringe in the above image? That's this swarm of rainbow pride power. (Flickr, Elaine Marschik, CC License)
Rainbows, however, are not a requirement at Gay Pride weekend. Some went with more of a Chaplin-era theme (Flickr, Elaine Marschik, CC License):
Or kabuki, that works too (and you can be a scary clown if you are standing next to a kabuk person (Flickr, Elaine Marschik, CC License):
Really the main thing is to just pick a theme and go with it. (Flickr, Randall Pugh, CC License)
Second only to the old couples holding signs that read "engaged 30 years, married 3 days") were the proud parents, such as this one in Minneapolis. Proud parents might be the most important constituency in the gay rights movement. (Flickr, Rose, CC License):
Another mom who loves both her daughter and her daughter-in-law. And now that in-law suffix is a little more literal (Flickr, Rose, CC License):
If proud parents are the most important group in the gay rights movement, let's put bronies next. (Flickr, Rose, CC License):
Pride is a day for people to wave their flags, freak or otherwise. (Flickr, Elaine Marschik, CC License):
Lastly, I don't know what's going on here, but it happened in Houston and it looks awesome (Flickr, Randall Pugh, CC License):