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Durham Pride Parade

I joined rtptodd for the Durham Pride Parade yesterday with a ton of his good friends. There were many others out there, but far too many to mention. This was actually my first time at the pride parade as it typically conflicted with so many other things. I had no excuse to miss it this time. I took a ton of photos, but only kept like 50% of the 236 photos that I took.

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It was really good to get out for a change, hang out with new people and sharpen my photography skills. I still have so much to learn about this camera and just be proficient with catching things as they happen.

With all of the handshaking, hugging and kissing, I noticed on the way back home that I had all sorts of colognes, scents and other stuff to take back with me. While meandering through the crowd as the festival after the parade, it's pretty amazing to be milling about and realizing that almost all of these people are gay. Damn, where the hell are they on a normal day?

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inbhirnis
Sep. 28th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I confess that it's easy to get a bit blase about Pride parades living here in coastal CA, but then I remember the three years I lived in Virginia, and seeing your pics and comments remind me that the parades are still a very powerful statement in many parts of the country. Looks like a great parade!
kazmat
Sep. 28th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm betting you probably enjoyed most of the scents, but I often dislike getting gas because my hand then smells horribly of the over-perfumed person who last used the pump. It's especially bad in high allergy season because I'll often try to itch my nose or rub my eye while driving to work after getting gas, and I nearly gag myself when I raise my hand to my face.
rtptodd
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I am SO glad you could make it out with us on Saturday. Always good energy when you are around. Love the shots on Flickr - I just posted a ton out there to, so be sure to go and check them out. Let's plan a lunch or dinner sometime. I don't mind driving to Chapel Hill, since all I seem to have is time on my hands these days.
Again, thanks for sharing the event with us - count yourself in the "good friend" category too, mister!
t.
paterson_si
Sep. 30th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Gay people are always there. :)
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