I made it just in time to grab a good spot to take pictures of the parade and was quickly joined by fellow blogger Leah from Tyrant Queen of the Midgets. She hails from the Evansville area and is interning up here in Indy for the summer. It was Leah's first time at a pride festival/parade which made watching it with her even more fun. Speaking of bloggers, I also ran into Gary Welsh from Advance Indiana at his booth for his law practice.
I know the most frequent complaint I hear about bilerico.com is that the readers have no idea what some of our contributors look like and wouldn't be able to spot them out in public. I tried to take pictures of as many former and current contributors as I could find. Here's current contributors Bruce Parker and Candace Gingrich, guest columnist Stu Rosenburg and former contributors Annette Gross and Ed Fox (he's on the left). Apparently Alex and I just missed each other. (You can see from some of his photos that he was about two blocks from me during the parade route!) I also snapped frequent commentors Zach Adamson, Lori Morris, and David Wene.
This year's parade included several floats, but as far as politicians go I readily picked out these City-County Councilors: Republican Scott Keller and Democrats Jackie Nytes and Joanne Sanders. I kept dropping by Scott's booth and it was great to see so many community members stop by and wish him luck in his election this year. The entire LGBT community of Indianapolis owes Scott a great deal for his courageous leadership on the human rights ordinance. While his oppenent, Brian Mahern, was also at Pride touting how his family has a history of civil rights leadership, I think it's important to point out that Scott doesn't have to count what other members of his family have already done 40 years ago - Scott's doing it himself now - on our behalf. As I've said before, this will be the first time I've ever voted Republican, but I'll do so gladly.
It's amazing to me how much Indy Pride has grown under Gary Brackett's leadership - this year the parade route and festival were packed! [UPDATE: The Indy Star is reporting the size of the crowd at 30,000 this year.] I remember when four people and a cat would show up for the parade. I also remember that one year there was no Pride - just a small picnic some folks threw together for anyone that wanted to show up. We did. As with most Indiana LGBT organizations, Indy Pride has had some growing pains in it's past - but with Gary at the helm, they've left that behind and grown the event into something to be proud of.
You can click any of the photos (they display randomly) to go to the entire set. Between Alex and I, we snapped almost 80 photos of the day, so feel free to cruise around and check them out. See you at Pride next year!
If you took pics of your local Pride event, leave the link in the comments!