Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gay Pride 2010: Washington at Baltimore (and New Jersey at Baltimore)

Baltimore Pride this year (2010) tonight was much more robust than I recall it a few years back (although in 2004 I had tried to sing the Smallville "Save Me" by Remy Zero near the cafe). The block party (not to be confused with the festival Sunday in Druid Park), on Eager St at Charles, is much larger than that in Washington, with shows on the bandstand that reminded me of “The Triplets from Belleville”. The food was lined up across Eager Street from the Hippo, but it was easier to get a bean burger at the City Café down the street. There was a free dance tent outside the Café, but the real festivities got going in the Hippo disco before 10 – on Pride Saturday, the “action” always gets going sooner.  There was also karaoke at the Hippo in the "Imax room".

People came from Washington, Philadephia and South Jersey (I met someone from Rowan University in “historic” Glassboro New Jersey, where the famous summit occurred – probably a medical student). Baltimore has become a much better city since the days I was growing up around DC. People may find it’s cheaper to dance there than in NYC.

This year, there was more of an emphasis on “masculinity”. Ashton Kutcher’s angry tweet (about what was done to him for “Killers”) may be right: chest hair is coming back.

One of the drag performers mentioned a non-alcoholic dance for under 21 going on in another club -- I didn't get the name; that's a good thing to do.

One block north on Charles Street, there was another loud event, a hip-hop concert going on.

Baltimore Pride video of 2009 Pride.

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