Friday, June 13, 2014

*Happy Pride*

Pride was a bit early for us this year and for good reason.  Last year, Pride was held in late June (obviously, with June being Pride month) and my God, it was HOT.  Too hot.  It was the Bean’s first Pride and our fair skinned little gal melted in the sun even though she was covered in sunblock and wore a hat all day.  Apparently it was so hot and there was such an overload of negative feedback to the NM Pride committee, that they made the executive decision to push the event up 2 weeks this year.  Thanks you NM Pride Inc. for making the change.  It made our day at the parade and fairgrounds much more enjoyable. :)

We were joined by our friends Christine and Alex for this year’s Pride events starting with the parade.  The Pride Parade is, by far, my favorite event of the season because it really is the most family friendly of them all.  Two mom and two dad families along with tons of kiddos are out in full force.  I think the biggest reason for this is that the parade is always held pretty early in the morning and at that time most of the younger (and childless) LGBT folks are still at home sleeping off their hangovers from the night before.  That’s how it was for G and I, pre-Gracie anyway, lol!


Feeding Mama some Nerds! :)




Grace was super excited to see the floats as they passed.  She was given so much candy you would have thought it was Halloween and because it was a special day, we let her have at it even though it was not yet lunchtime.  She wore her rainbow colored “I am loved” t-shirt and rainbow sandals and looked like the cutest little gayby you ever did see!  We learned our lesson from the year before and came equipped with not only sunblock and hats but an umbrella too!  After the parade we had some lunch and headed to the fairgrounds.


Because of the heat, we skipped the Fairgrounds last year so this was our first time visiting in awhile.  It was crazy to see how much the event changed and a little sad too.  In years past, there were big stages set up with live musical performances in different areas of the park.  This year, we looked for a stage only to find that the one stage set up was indoor, in a big arena.  It was so dark in there that you couldn’t really see anything and all they were playing was extremely loud rave music.  We felt so OLD as we quickly pushed Gracie’s stroller out of there.  Everyone we walked passed as we left was pretty drunk and the whole dungeon like place smelled bad.  Once we got back out into the light, we had to laugh at the reaction we had of the place.  I told G, “Well, it’s official… We’re those old lesbian moms now”.  Her response was, “lets go get a drink”.  Ha!  We did and I for one liked having an afternoon beer out in the sunshine with all the other moms and dads way more than hanging with the cool kids.  It did suck to feel so old though…


The highlight of the day was coming across a kids “Fun Zone” complete with water slides, jumpers and carnival games.  Grace LOVED it and somehow got our friend Christine to get in the slip-n-slide with her.  C is such a good sport!


The Bean made a few little friends as she always does and got soaked playing on all the water toys as we watched her run from place to place from our seats.  We stayed in the kid area for the remainder of the time we spent at Pride and I’m happy that we did.


You often hear about how much your life changes when you have kids and from time to time you forget.  Then you have an experience that shows you just how much it’s changed and those reminders can sometimes be a bit shocking. This was definitely a different Pride experience than any we’ve had before and I’m thinking that this type of Pride will become our new normal in the years to follow.

The funny thing is, I’m totally cool with it.  I think I can speak for Georgia and myself when I say that although so much has changed, we both prefer the sunshine over a rave party. ;)




9 comments:

  1. Anonymous14 June, 2014

    ove the last picture, pure happiness! oh and you are not OLD! You are just enjoying the other side of pride. Pride comes in all colors. :)

    Leslie

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    1. You're right, Leslie. I just have to get used to being on the other side. :)

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  2. I love "old people" pride :) We don't even have kids and we've just realized we don't fit it crazy drunk hangover rave pride anymore...I like it better here anyway ;) And your little family is cuter than ever! -Sarah

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    1. Isn't it crazy that you can go from the buzzed/party Pride to a completely different Pride and not even realize it until it's happened? I hope I didn't make it sound like you have to have kids to appreciate the non-drunk side of things, because I agree that most LGBT peeps out-grow the crazy rave scene as we all get older. Enjoying a cold beer out in the sunshine is definitely better. :) :)

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  3. Believe it or not, I've never been to pride! We always have something else planned or just too tired to go do anything. We planned a trip this year, but with Kim's illnesses, not sure if we will make it. Hope so! It should be a blast with Punky!

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    1. Say what?! I so hope that Kim starts feeling better and that you get to have your first Pride experience soon! P would have a blast. :)

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  4. That last picture is priceless! I love it!

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    1. Thanks friend -- I LOVE it too!!

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  5. We've never taken M to a Pride event, but thought this year would be perfect. Sadly the one we'd attend falls on a date we are already booked up. Reading this has made me think that we need to make more of an effort to take M next year. I think like you we will feel old for some of it, but hopefully he will enjoy the parade.

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