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.