“Happy Pride!” Greeting the crowd as they veered off at the end of the Seattle Pride parade route and toward the celebration at the Seattle Center, I got lots of love from the fun crowd as we handed out refreshments courtesy of First United Methodist Church.
“Are these plain or “special” cookies?” Wink. Wink. I replied that these were the plain variety but I was sure he would have no problem finding those “special” cookies elsewhere in Seattle. Surprisingly, this was not the only time I was asked if the free cookies were “special”. I guess after you walk 4 miles in extreme heat, hot at least by Seattle standards, you’re not only thirsty but hoping for some medicinal aka cannabis cookies. We had water but no weed. Still, they were very good cookies and enjoyed by all! Among the many booths at the Seattle Center was a very popular one where cannabis lotions were being applied and enjoyed by many tired parade goers. Got to love our hot new industry helping customers to relax and enjoy life in Seattle.
A rainbow of groups from various companies, including a huge force of Amazonians, swarmed the streets as well as many politicians, families and dancers galore rocking out to the steady beat of tunes blaring away. Super fun. The parade on Sunday is just one part of the celebration that takes place all over the city all weekend. We went to the Seattle Storm WNBA game on Friday night and the whole arena was decked out to support the team AND Pride. All the Seattle sports teams had games in town this weekend and all had special events that tied in with the celebration. Got to love the support of Seattle sports!
At our outpost, we not only had our free “plain” cookies, cold water, frozen juice slushies and use of the church bathrooms (very popular!) but also our very own music experience. The friendly Seattle pop cover drag band, The Pop Drops, rocked out and entertained the crowds. Props to wearing those boots in this heat but they look marvelous, don’t they?
Pride is part of our Seattle life. In the past, we have walked in the parade as part of my company’s unit and also one year with the Seattle Storm. Pride celebrations will remind you that love is love is love and we should appreciate each other and embrace our diverse country. If you have not been one of the 200,000+ to experience Pride Weekend in Seattle, you need to jump on your Harley, grab a rainbow flag and make this a priority from now on. Go Pride!