Monday, June 3, 2013

Parade From the Inside

A   L   O   H   A  !
Circus Parade by Frank Churchill on Grooveshark  Listen while you look!

"Everyone loves a parade."
That's what "They" say,
and they just may be right.

From babes in arms,
to those in their second childhood,
something draws us in
to this ancient procession
with it's roots
in community, ritual,
religion and war.

I rode in the 

Honolulu Pride Parade

this weekend.

These are the shots I took
from inside the parade
looking out:








 Kimono 
were once common on the 
streets of Old Honolulu. 
Now one occasionally sees ladies 
thus attired going to
serve tea in high end places,
or to a cultural event. 
But these gentlemen,
Japanese visitors I believe,
are a rare sight!






Ooo, I like her palazzo pants and hair cut!
He's fashionable too.

" One must either

 take an interest in 

the human situation 

or else parade

 before the void. "

Jean Rostand 











" I'm still passionately interested

 in what my fellow humans 

are up to. 

For me, a 

day spent monitoring 

the passing parade 

is a day well-spent. "

Garry Trudeau 










" If you're not

 in the parade,

 you watch the parade. 

That's life. "

Mike Ditka 










 Poise

“"A girl should be two things: 
classy and fabulous."

~ Coco Chanel 










 "Language is the apparel 

in which your thoughts 

parade before the public. 

Never clothe them 

in vulgar 

or shoddy attire.”

 George Crane 















 Awesome smiles.

I was in some of the earliest
"Gay Rights" Parades,
before "Pride"
or the Rainbow Flag.

We didn't see
many smiles back then,
mostly discomfort,
confusion,
or anger.
There were often
counter-demonstrators
with hateful signs.








Families with children
just touched my heart
so much!


" Marching in the 
gay pride Parade 
is less exciting 
now that my parents 
support my 
sexual orientation. "

Unknown 







This child can be herself:
left handed, right handed,
Gay or Straight
without family drama.

What was all the
PAIN
and family destruction
of the past
(and lingering present)
FOR?!






 Some people
like Chocolate,
others prefer
Vanilla.

Some. . . 
well, never mind.













" The distinction between 

children and adults, 

while probably useful 

for some purposes, 

is at bottom 

a specious one,

 I feel.

 There are only 

individual egos, 

crazy for love.  "

 Niccolo Machiavelli 












 Beautiful People

“Everything 

that irritates us 

about others 

can lead us to 

an understanding 

of ourselves.”

 C.G. Jung













 Look! It's Dianne!
"Cloudia!!!!"

" What is straight? 
A line can be straight, 
or a street, 
but the human heart, 
oh, no,
 it's curved like a
 road through mountains. "

 Tennessee Williams






 Happy Gay Pride Everyone


" It's a good thing

 to be foolishly gay 

once in a while. "
Horace 
"Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 
known in the English-speaking world 
as Horace, was the leading 
Roman lyric poet 
during the time of Augustus." Wikipedia
Born: December 8, 65 BC, 













And we end as we began,
with a flag bearer


" Who told you 

you're allowed 

to rain on 

my parade? "


Bob Merrill 

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                             Warmly, cloudia


26 comments:

the walking man said...

What cracks me right the fuck up is that it is now our generation, the love generation, of hippies, dope, war for freedom, and Woodstock that are the ones loudest and beating the breast hardest against same sex couples, birth control, reproductive rights, human rights and love lucre now that we are retireing.

Sistah I don't care who a person loves, just that they find some love before they die in the abyss of loneliness. And I have never, like you, needed a parade to tell people that.

Brian Miller said...

ha. i'd rather be in the parade than just watching it go by...and good on you...love should be free, or people free to love who they want...

aloha from va

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love this post Cloudia, oh my I can just picture you enjoying the parade, were you on your scooter? Soooo very cool, and yeh, be happy, don't worry :)

Daryl said...

wonderful photos all

Karen S. said...

Thank you dear Cloudia for such a warm and lovely post. It's so fabulous when folks wake up, and just live freely! What a pleasant day in your world.

Charles Gramlich said...

great images. Your love for people shows through.

LOLfromPasa said...

I bet you had fun putting this together for us. Love the photos and bow to how you pair them with the quotes. (Thank you for your kind comments on Saturday :).)

TexWisGirl said...

love that you watched the parade of people standing watching you. :)

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I hope you weren't riding your scooter while taking pics! LOVE that you were with the parade; mahalo for all of your hard work in years past for everyone. An amazing assortment of folks, locals and visitors from your view. Hope there weren't any "anti" protestors this time. Aloha, DrumMajor

Adam said...

My city has a pride parade every year for about six years now. Didn't know about it until 2 years ago. Marched with the local Democratic party every year since then.

LONDONLULU said...

Oh, hooray for marching in the parade! We both had parades today though I would've liked to have been at this one too! You found the perfect quotes for these happy photos:)

G-Man said...

Do you have the wrist twister Queen Elizabeth wave down pat?

Cloudia said...

LOL! Yes, I can do a beauty queen/drag queen wrist wave!


Thanks Each of You Dear Dear Friends

Hilary said...

Fun photos.. great quotes and even better comments by your sweet self.

Betty Manousos said...

what a fun post you shared with us today, my dear friend!
i thoroughly enjoyed your photos~

xo

Cloudia said...

Gosh!

Thanks Dears!

Emissary Minister, HRH Duchess SisterFace said...

ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL... XO

Emissary Minister, HRH Duchess SisterFace said...

ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL... MUCH MISSES... XO

Elephant's Child said...

There is not enough love in this world. To attempt to black ban some of it is foolish and counter productive.
Thank you so much for being you, and joining the parade - now and earlier.

Cloudia said...

thank YOU!

Sandy Carlson said...

So much to be gained when we stop fighting and competing. So much better to get along...

ladyfi said...

Ah, what lovely shots of the parade! So colourful and diverse.

magiceye said...

Ambiance captured beautifully!!

Namaste /\ from Mumbai
Aloha!!

Cloudia said...

Hope it's not immoral for me to love each and every one of you special folks!!!!!

Reader Wil said...

The last parade I participated in was in the eighties when we went to The Hague to protest against the cruise missiles.We went with the whole family! We walked all day long. There were thousands of people!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for caring, acting, and visiting, dear Wil