LL’s 2009 Capital Pride Reviewing Stand
The next local election day might be some 15 months off, but Saturday's Capital Pride parade still had a political charge—mostly due to the recent heat on gay marriage, but also thanks to a mayoral campaign kicking into full gear and possible council challenger in the mix.
LL was there with camera. Behold!
Adrian Fenty, Mr. Smart Car, opted for something a bit larger than his signature everyday conveyance for parade purposes: a white Hummer. Not a mini-Hummer, either—the big one. Gotta support American automakers these days, right? (What's that? Hummer's been sold to the Chinese? Whatever.)
Before the march, Bill Rice and John Falcicchio engage in high jinks:
No one tosses beads like Hizzoner:
After the parade, Fenty and his 30-some marchers (including sons Matthew and Andrew) gathered for pictures:
Vincent Gray's wheels were even less fuel-efficient. But his giant truck at least carried a couple of dozen
Gray again handed out custom beads with a "One City" pendant:
Jack Evans and family (that's companion Michelle Seiver) hanging out pre-parade:
Evans had 25-plus in his retinue:
Eleanor Holmes Norton showed off her signature parade pose:
Phil Mendelson showed LL his campaign-ready tough-guy look:
Mendo alone among politicos opted for leis over beads. Gal pal Carol Mitten helped hand 'em out:
Mendo couldn't ask for a better advertisement than this homemade banner, which led his entourage:
And just so you know Mendo means business, his retinue was followed by a black Cadillac driven by his "muscle" (aka staffer Mike Battle):
Mendelson's likely challenger, former DPR chief Clark Ray, was also marching, but near the back, with local Gay Games promoters:
A smattering of "DC NEEDS CLARK RAY" stickers (in Fenty green-and-white) were spotted in the crowd:
David Catania printed up custom marriage equality signs—one of the most popular items along the parade route:
Once again, Catania had a special guest rider: Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, aka the Queen of Green. LL asked Catania if he was king of anything: "The King of Queens, honey!"
Kwame Brown, however, was the king of bling, riding in a Porsche 911 Carrera:
Staffer Enrique Fernandez Roberts captured the hipster demo however, with his Kwamefied scooter:
Kwame brought a bubble machine, but LL did not see it in use:
Fenty wasn't the only politico to somewhat de-green. Tommy Wells traded in the Zipcar Mini Cooper he had last year for a Toyota Tacoma pickup:
For the second year running, couple Michael Ulrich and Paul Cooper, whom Wells joined in marriage, participated:
After missing the Pride parade for the first time in decades last year, Jim Graham was back in the saddle this year:
In one of the more eardrum-unfriendly developments, Graham marchers sported whistles:
Muriel Bowser brought a strong crowd:
Gay rights legend Frank Kameny, among the festival honorees:
D.C. For Marriage:
Gertrude Stein Democratic Club:
D.C. Democratic State Committee:
Ward 7 Democrats (Juan Thompson, right):
Ward 8 Democrats (Phil Pannell and Charles Wilson):
UPDATE, 4:20 P.M.: A couple of addenda:
Doxie McCoy, spokesperson for Gray, writes in to point out that "more than staffers were riding with the Chairman. We had people from GLOV/Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, DC for Marriage, Metro TeenAIDS, and Gertrude Democratic Stein Club, in addition to reps from DC Vote, Pre-K for All DC, State Board, etc."
And Charles Allen, Wells' top aide, notes, "Just for the record, Tommy had rented a Mini-Cooper again. Zipcar notified him on Friday that they were cancelling his reservation because the car had to be taken into the shop for repairs. The Tacoma was the only open top (-ish) vehicle left in the Zipcar fleet on such short notice."
OK, green cred's intact!