Christopher Street West parade
This parade, named for the street in NYC where the Stonewall Rebellion began, is one of the largest LGBT events in the country. Held in West Hollywood, it caps off a two day event which draws hundreds of thousands of people. Major streets are blocked off all weekend, creating a giant party atmosphere (and monumental traffic jams).
ANSWER again had an entry in the parade, which had over 400 entries this year. We were number 86 and started an hour after the first entry went by. Crowd reaction to our rather militant entry ran the gamut from enthusiastic cheers to stoney silence. As you can see from the photo, one banner mentioned our upcoming Protest Bush in L.A. Rally this Friday, and we passed out thousands of flyers along the parade route.
For Sol Fest yesterday, and this parade on Sunday, I and other ANSWER volunteers were there at 8 am, which means I got up at 6:15 am. Some of you no doubt bounce out of bed all perky at 6 am. I do not. Neither to my knowledge does anyone else in ANSWER. So we shall happily go back to being stay-up-late, wake-up-late slug-a-beds.