Pride Parade 2015

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Kit Kat and I went to the Pride Parade this year, and boy, was she ready for it.

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Left: what everything looked like after heavy Tungsten colour-correcting (in-camera and in Lightroom).

Right: what everything actually looked like. A scary amount of fires around BC brought the haze and ash to Victoria.

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R: Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 18 mm · 1/6000 s · f/3.5 · ISO 500

Before the parade, there was laughter, hugs, friends, and smiles.

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But when the parade kicked off with the thrum of motorcycles, the cheers, applause, and shouting began, and pretty much kept going throughout.

Oh, and the bubbles, too. Oh, the bubbles.

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Here’s how Pride has kicked off for many years, with friend Allie atop The Zone’s Xterra, this year as King Triton, leading a pack of VIATeC orcas. Naturally.

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It was fascinating to see similar organizations — which might otherwise be in competition with each other — grouped together: political parties one after another, community service organizations all in a row, many different entertainers entertaining, unions in unison, and church after church after church . . . it was so cool to see.

Here are some NDP dancers (there’s a phrase you don’t hear every day).

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This guy was my absolute favourite. I sure hope he was able to keep that up the entire parade route.

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Some random moments of love and puppies in between floats.

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Of the over 100 groups in the parade, this was Kitara’s pick for favourite display: the Lure (GET IT??!?) boat w/ squid bait off the back, attracting scores of rainbow-coloured anthropomorphic anemones.

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There were a few groups with oversized pride flags. The First Unitarian Church had a long rainbow flag which was probably the length of three cars. The Green Party had a flag in different shades of green which was probably as wide as two cars.

But The Flag Shop won the day with a 20′ pole in the bed of their truck holding the end of a flag which took about ten people to hold. It was as long as three trucks and as wide as three trucks, at least.

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A great pride was had by all, mostly my little girl. We shared a waffle afterward and talked about what a great parade it was; a parade filled with happy sounds and happy people, lots to see and wave at, free candies by the score, and all to celebrate love of every kind.

20150707 - Victoria Pride Parade 2015-0011Canon EOS 70D · Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM · 24 mm · 1/1500 s · f/3.5 · ISO 500

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