This past weekend was Orlando Pride. For those of you who don’t know, it’s an all-day event celebrating gay pride. Typically, big events with a lot of people and being outside all day is not my thing, but I had a spectacular time.
The main reason I decided to go was because of one of my best friends, Matt, who worked so hard on the event. He fundraised almost all the money for the event. He did all the sponsorships, and he put together the festival as well. I went to support him and to have a good time with my friends. I must say, Matt did an amazing job, and the event ran so smoothly.
In addition to our core group of friends, our friends from the UK have been in town the last two weeks. They are so fun to hang out with, and they know how to have a good time. It was sad to see them go home at the end of the weekend, but I can’t wait for them to visit again, and hopefully one day I can go over there.
We started out our day with a big family brunch at Dexter’s around 11AM. We met a few new people and got to relax a bit before spending the day out in the sun. Afterwards, we went to the festival and walked around before eventually settling in the VIP tent. Free drinks and food held us over until the parade started.
The parade was so fun! Everyone came together on the streets of Orlando to celebrate. During the parade, I got to make a few new friends with just the people hanging around with us. After the parade, we all converged back at the VIP tent, where we waited for the fireworks to start. The fireworks were set off from the center of the lake, and we got to see them up close and personal. It was one of the most beautiful firework displays I have ever witnessed. It was truly stunning.
The Orlando Pride staff and volunteers should be proud of the event that they put on. It was fun and exciting, and there were plenty of things to do throughout the day. I must say, I will definitely return in future years, not just out of support for my friends, but for myself and to have a good time.
After the festival was over, we went to Parliament House, but that did not last very long. I was the mom of the group that night and wasn’t drinking. I run a tight ship as the mom and make sure my ducks are in line. However, one duck went astray and caused a scene because the bar was only taking cash. All of their card readers were down, and then all of their ATMs were down as well. In addition to that, there were only two bartenders to manage hundreds of people swarming the bar. It was a bit ridiculous. Long story short, he made a scene and we got our money back, but we had to leave.
We ended up going to Denny’s for some food around 1AM. We said goodbye to our British friends afterwards, and I got home around 3:30AM. It was such a long day, but it was all worth it. I highly recommend participating in a Pride event if there is one happening in your area.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you all enjoyed. As you have read in one of my past posts, my blogs have slowed down for a bit while I manage some other projects and things in my life, but I will continue to put out new content when I can and try not to go too long without releasing something.
Hasta La Pasta,