What a Rush!

June 8, 2008 at 11:59 am 5 comments

It was HOT. So hot that one of us had to peel off to ice down her leg and cool the engine mid-parade.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The 2008 Central Alabama Pride Parade was the biggest ever! Thank you, Mayor for all the free press! For those of you who live in a more tolerant environment, or have been under a rock, Birmingham’s current Mayor Langford tried to keep this Parade from happening. He tried to deny Central Alabama Pride a Parade permit – apparently forgetting or unaware or not caring that he doesn’t have the authority to issue or deny permits. Brings to mind words from another leader with theocratic tendencies – something about life being easier if this was a dictatorship?

Anyhey, thanks to the intercession of some friendly leaders and advocates – and the tenacity and professionalism of the CAP Board – the Parade rolled on.

And ROLL it did! I’ve been in 3 other Pride parades in Birmingham, and one in Mobile, and they’ve all been fun. But none gave me the thrill that this one did to ride Lubelle, my ’06 Triumph Bonnie, with 4 other women on their bikes. One of the first folks I saw as we rolled out was Helen with some other Unitarians, then rounding the corner at 5 Points, a HUGE crowd, people stacked back as far as I could see (Thanks again, Mayor)! And cheering for us!

Did I mention it was hot? Especially sitting on top of an internal combustion engine with thousands of tiny fires being produced under your butt every minute? It was so hot that the rider on a beeyooteeful blue HD got a scalded leg from the heat of her engine. She had to pull to the side, let the bike cool, and put ice (yes, the HD has a cooler) on her skin. And, bully for her, rejoined the Parade and caught up to the rest of us. So we roasted on down the road, becoming more and more well done, and having one of the best times ever.

Thank you Birmingham! Thank you, CAP! Thank you Birmingham’s Finest who helped keep things rolling smoothly! Thank you straight allies!

And, most of all, thanks to the other women who went with me on this thrilling ride!


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Diane  |  June 8, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Great links. It’s cool to see a pic from the parade this quickly, ‘cuz I didn’t get to see you guys at all last night. BPP was in the back. B’ham had Dykes on Bykes!!!!!!!!! Woohooo, this town is growing up! My favorite Moment … (other than feeling the energy of that big crowd in Five Points) … BPP’s old-white-hippie contingent doing the “One, two, three, four! We don’t want your f–king war” chant and
    Mike W turning around & stopping up her ears and stamping her feet like a school teacher with the naughty kids on the playground!

    The was the best parade. I can’t wait to hear how the Birmingham “Noose” underestimated the crowd!

    Here’s to Pride, 2008! ~Diane

  • 2. Bob  |  June 9, 2008 at 12:24 am

    soooo sorry i missed it this year. send me pics!!

  • 3. Nancy  |  June 9, 2008 at 9:57 am

    This is the first year Quakers (Birmingham Friends Meeting) were represented at Pridefest. We plan to do better (mardi gras beads? Candy?) in future years–but it was great to be there and meet old and new friends. It was hot–I got sick and had to leave–my skin and inner thermostat are meant for Scottish Highlands. . .

    Good blog, Lori.


  • 4. letsxplor  |  June 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    @Bob & @Diane – More pics can be found at centralalabamapride.org.

    @Nancy – We appreciate the Quakers being there this year. Especially in the heat! I didn’t last long myself on Sunday.

  • 5. Kathy  |  June 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Welcome to the blogosphere, and thanks for the great report on the parade!


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