LGBT Pride NYC 2011

So it’s been awhile since I posted. Been sort of busy lately.

That was because of LGBT Pride celebrations here in Providence and in NYC.

So we arrived in New York City, Manhattan to be precise Saturday morning. We stayed at the Edison Hotel. It wasn’t inexpensive but a good basic hotel. All the common areas are one of my favorite styles, Art Deco.

We were all checked in but we were hungry. We went to the Chevy’s on Times Square. Well, didn’t stay long enough to order because Keyron spotted a huge rat emerging from behind the bar. Went over to Smith’s instead. Much better. Keyron needed some alcoholic libations so he got three very strong Long Island Iced Teas.

We meandered between Times Square area where the hotel was located to the Village and back on Saturday. Had dinner at the Garage and the tab was about $137 for three people. Not too bad.

Let me get this out right now. I no longer want to stay in RI. Why? First off our politicians are in a few words, assholes and idiots or combinations thereof.

Many of the things I experienced in NYC like the professionalism of the police, the stores open after midnight on a Sunday, the mixture of people. The relatively inexpensive taxi fares. On that last, to go between Times Square and Greenwich Village center cost $6.90. To go 1.2 miles here in Providence was nearly $8. You see what I’m getting at it. I don’t want to stay in RI. I want o live and work somewhere where I’m EQUAL, not quasi-EQUAL.

Sunday was the big day, the day of the NYC LGBT Pride Parade for 2011. We staked out a spot between W. 34th and W. 33rd streets and 5th Avenue. Got right up to the front of the gate. By about 11:20AM the entire street was packed.

The parade was incredible. Over 3 hours of motorcyles, marchers, and floats.

And one thing struck me. Here in RI we might get a Latino Pride ‘float’. In NYC, you get the distinct sub groups marching. There were Uruguyans, Peruvians, Colombians, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, you name it they marched.

Plenty of eye candy to be seen. Once I process all of it I’ll link it on here.

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