The True Winners of Pride Parade 2012

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Photos by Lisa Ramirez
Pride of the Horns
Once again, Houston's pride parade beat the heat and parking hassles and became an entertaining event.

Crowd estimates aren't generally close to accurate, but the accepted figure for Saturday night was about 150,000.

The Montrose was alive with floats, supporters, protesters, reunions and politicians.

There were mostly winners in the event, but some specific categories stood out. And here are the winners of those categoies.

(For more pics, see the Pride Parade slideshow on our main page.)

5. Best False Advertising

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Sorry, we're not buying the stated premise that that thong is filled with nothing but male genitals.


4. Best Overdressed Dude

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Sure, it's probably down to a frigid 02 degrees by this point, but a jacket? Far too formal, sir, for beefcake like you. And don't tell us you're just trying to hide your Sig Sauer, 'cause you'll only get us hotter.


3. Best "Caught You Looking"

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Face it: If you read this, she's right.


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Freeman
Freeman

The Gay Pride Parade should be for adults only.  Just because children exist and some people have them doesn't mean that every event must be family friendly.  Support your local babysitter. Mansgame  - You have a valid point.  For those LGBTs out there who feel that getting married, moving out to a master planned community, adopting children and generally emulating the heterosexual lifestyle they've been denied, Pride Parades as they exist are probably counterproductive. However, the new dawn you see is false light and your argument proves it.  It's not that a g-string expresses all of gay culture it's that many people use something as innocuous as a g-string as an argument against gay culture.  Thankfully some of us still realize and celebrate our differences as LGBT individuals.

Katy
Katy

I'm gay and live right around the corner from where the Pride Parade wraps up every year - which means I always get the hell out of the area before the parade even starts.  But it's sort of... the nearest equivalent I can think of is Mardi Gras.  A lot of straight folks seem to think this represents how gay folks are on an average day (just an average day for a fat bearded dude, walking down Westheimer in a wedding dress...). But it's Carnivale, it's Mardi Gras... It's one of those things that happen once a year. Unless you count Saturday nights at South Beach, in which case it's sort of 52 times a year...

Wildvinez76
Wildvinez76

I totally agree with what you have said here.   I am gay and have a girlfriend and we went to the pride festival and saw lots of things that didnt make me feel proud.  I didnt understand how  walking around half naked, completely drunk, practically having sex in a chair, etc. could possibly portray us in any good way.  It made me a bit ashamed to tell the truth.  Just wish some could understand what the word PRIDE stands for......Sorry if this sounds mean but it is my opinion.

Josh Webster
Josh Webster

Dude, I feel the same way. How can we ever get closed-minded people to relate to gays on equal terms when THIS is the image they have of them? This is why parents are horrified to learn their kids are gay... no one wants their son running down Westheimer hammered drunk in a g-string! If I were gay, I would be embarrassed. Is this really what gay culture is all about?

Dunlavy
Dunlavy

From the completely opposite political and cultural POV, that same question is the only intelligent one I ever heard Bill O'Reilly ask, a few years ago, back when I diligently sought out a full spectrum of viewpoints. He asked it of a gay marriage proponent who organized such a parade to advocate for that right (which I also favor, not that it should matter.) That particular gay marriage proponent first dodged the question, then meekly mumbled that Bill might have a point, then we had a commercial break.

nate
nate

Plus, anyone that thinks the PRIDE parade is a "family audience" type of event.  Well, son, I have this here bridge I am dying to unload to just the right buyer... But won't someone think of the children (besides their parents)?

Nate
Nate

Yeah, its like when you go to Wurstfest in New Braunfels and those damn immigrants dare to fly the German flag.  USA.  Love it or leave it, pinko.

Craigley
Craigley

You roll in the wrong circles.  My wife always flashes her boobs, and I walk around with a rubber band on my sack at Wal Mart.

Craigley
Craigley

Maybe it's a typo and the HP was calling him Wiener, not a winner. Ya think?

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