The average high temperature in Phoenix in April is 85 degrees. In theory this would be a perfect month to host Phoenix Pride, however, for some reason Pride weekend is always way hotter than the average. This year was no different. And since I like numbers, I did some research about the weather the past few years on the weekend of Phoenix Pride.
April 19, 2009- high 95 (day two of Pride hit 97)
April 20, 2010- high 96 (day two of Pride hit 89)
April 16, 2011- hight 95 (day two of Pride hit 97)
And this year:
April 21, 2012- high 103 (day two of pride 105!)
Don’g get me wrong, I love the heat, but this year I said, “It is too damn hot!!” I was in the sun from 9:30 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Luckily I had managed to slather on a thin layer of SPF 4, so I was only a little bit crispy by the end of the day with just a touch of sun poisoning. (I slept like a baby.)
This was the second year I’ve been in the parade, but the first time I got to be a car. I rode with Joe Duganzic and Babe Caylor, the hosts of the Joe and Babe show on QTalk Arizona, the state’s only LGBT themed podcast network.
When we arrived in the morning to the staging area it suddenly dawned on me that I wouldn’t be able to see the parade since I was going to be in it. (Yes, I’m a blond with blond highlights.) So I went around and snapped some pictures of nearby floats and took some more photos when I got into the festival.
Phoenix Pride has come a long way since 1981 when a few LGBT activists marched from Patriots Square Park to the Capitol building with the message “We Are Here” on an evening in June to bring awareness to gay rights issues in Phoenix. 31 years later we are a part of carrying on that tradition.
There seemed to be a lot more tents and shaded areas this year. This was in the art expo where artists were working and selling. There was a band playing too.
This YouTube video started going around Facebook yesterday of a flash mob in front of the protestors. Emotions were running high and I feel sad to see people engaging and talking to the protestors because they need to be ignored. The protestors feed off of the attention and comments from the crowd, it makes them feel vindicated and righteous, when really they are just mean and ignorant of their own beliefs. (The flash mob part starts about the 6 minute mark.) A song and dance is different than Bible bashing each other.