B.C. Premier Christy Clark @ Okanagan Pride 2016
Yesterday was annual VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE! HUGO A GO-GO & I had the privilege of marching again in the parade (for the 8th year in a row) along side POSITIVE LIVING SOCIETY. This year our outfits were both very large, and very very PINK! The day started out at my BFF BRENT'S apartment... our inflatable flamingo costumes were much too large to attempt to ride on the Skytrain with them at full size. We found out Brent's place was too small as well so we ended up getting dressed in the lobby of his building...LOL Too hysterical!
After getting it all together we had a little time before the parade so we walked through the gay village, carefully maneuvering down the sidewalks without a mishap. All went well, with no explosions lol, and we met up with everyone about an hour before parade time. We had our photos taken a whole bunch of times, by both passers-by and the press. We have a photo in the Vancouver Sun today, as well as Vancity Buzz. Brent watched the parade on television and said he saw us coming from a mile away. The weather started out overcast and ended up sunny and hot... we BOTH got a bit sun burnt. The parade itself was amazing... and it was the first time we had a sitting PRIME MINISTER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, marching in it. He brought his entire family, and though we didn't get to see him this year, we DID meet him the last time he walked in the parade. They looked like they were having a blast...Sophie looked FABULOUS... with their youngest son asleep in his stroller through most of it.
The parade itself went on without a hitch, no issues or anyone trying to disrupt it... just a perfect day all around. By the time we reached the end of the parade at Sunset Beach (where the festival was being held) we were exhausted. We wandered around the beach for a while and then headed back up the hill to take the Skytrain home... We took a break as we deflated out flamingos (which may people kept calling SWANS, including the reporter from the Vancouver Sun lol) and many who passed us commented on how much they loved our costumes...even MISS JOAN E, a famous local drag queen who was on air doing a live broadcast, said WE were HER favorite! A glowing endorsement indeed.