Gay Pride parades are always joyful uninhibited events, but this one was especially happy. I was high-fived by scores of perfect strangers along the route.
Here are my photos of the 2015 Gay Pride Parade in New York.
I'm not sure what I think of all this.
Part of a large boom camera broadcasting the parade on someone's live feed somewhere.
The original Stonewall included the building on the right under scaffold.
I read a lot of complaints on Facebook about the media limiting their coverage of Pride to celebrities and what they think; Governor Cuomo performing a marriage for a couple of rich white guys and the latest on what Caitlyn Jenner or Taylor Swift thinks about anything.
The real story is the thousands upon thousands who showed up to celebrate a major revolution in their relationship to their own country and to society. I think the most interesting tales (which have yet to be told as far as I know) are of towns and cities and states where Gay Pride was observed by anyone for the very first time.
All of those people you see in the photos above marching in the parade or watching it are the real stars of this show.
I never thought I would ever see marriage equality anywhere, let alone spreading around the world, and now finally in the world's last imperial super-power; all of it.
I'm thinking that maybe this will be my last Pride parade (at least for marching). At my age, standing waiting for our section to join the parade for hours is murder on my back, and my 57 year old bladder is not as capacious as it once was (New York is getting even less generous with facilities; no more free porto-potties in the age of terrorism and budget constraints). My dogs were barking when I went to bed last night.
And yet, I had so much fun! I always have fun at the parade!