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June 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

What a Rush!

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!

June 8, 2008 at 11:59 am 5 comments

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