Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

2012 Downtown Seattle Christmas Parade

Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade

Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade – Santa Claus

This morning, shortly after 9am, the Seattle Christmas Parade kicked off. It looked very much like the pictures on this page.

Once the parade ended, the Westlake Carousel officially opened, and I was on a maiden voyage of the 2012 season.

Things got off to a rocky start when, shortly after it started spinning, the carousel began making a clank-clank-clank sound. The ride was stopped to fix the noise, and when it was re-started, the platform began spinning faster than it probably should have.

Fortunately, I survived, but not without the vague

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Seattle “Pride” Photos, Part II

The 2012 Seattle Gay Pride Parade

I just got the opportunity to offload the remaining photos from this past Sunday.

As someone mentioned, sometimes it feels as though Gay Pride is actually “Fetish Pride”, although honestly, only about a quarter of the parade entrants are focused on sex or nudity.

All things considered, it is one of the more entertaining parades, although like Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, and just about every other holiday … I think “Pride Weekend” is just a marketing gimmick designed to extract money from the high-disposable-income-earners that make up the gay community.

Anyway, here are some more photographs from this

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The 2012 Seattle Gay Pride Parade

Electrical Tape Pasties

I just got back from the Gay Pride Parade.

While there, I took these photographs.

I’ll be adding more over the next couple of days.

Enjoy.

I got your Irish curse right here!

“I’m not going to look so smug when it’s time to take these off.”

For Sale: Bicycle Saddle, Only Used Once …

Didn’t I tell you what would happen if you left the toilet seat up again?!

“Don’t laugh at it! Stop laughing at it!!!”

“Do these pants make my ass look big?’

Does this ass make our ethics look

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Of Pride and Penises

Prolonged Adolescence

I woke up late this morning. Probably the latest I’ve awakened in the last 5 years.

When I finally got out of bed and glanced at the clock, I realized that I needed to get going … and quick.

I threw some clothes on, grabbed my jacket and camera, then went into the living room where the rest of the family was already immersed in the latest Nintendo Wii title.

“I’m walking down to the Gay Pride parade, if anyone wants to come with me, you have 3 minutes to get ready!”, I said.

My youngest daughter, who was by

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The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Seattle

2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Seattle

Today, from 12:30pm to 2pm, the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade made its way down 4th Avenue.

Being 3/4ths Irish myself (basically a full-blooded Irishman without the alcohol problem), I went down to hang out with my fellow micks, and mick-worshippers.

I’m glad that I did.

The parade was quite enjoyable, and even though my shutter finger almost succumbed to frostbite, I was able to get a few decent shots.

2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade – Irish Dancers

My favorite performers in St. Patrick’s Parades are usually the Irish dancers.

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The Macy’s Holiday Parade

Santa and His Reindeer Sleigh

I just got back from the Macy’s Holiday Parade and all I have to show for it are these lousy pictures.

Happy African-American Friday.

Friendly Parade Clown

Macy's Holiday Parade: Rehearsals

Getting Ready for the Parade

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade

Macy's Holiday Parade – Sheepdogs

Getting Ready for the Parade

Getting Ready for the Parade

Crayons, Elf, and Penguin

Macy's Holiday Parade: Marching Band

Enjoying a Day at the Parade

Holiday Cheerleaders

Honest Abe Doing the Pelvic Thrust

Getting Ready for

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The Seafair Torchlight Parade

Watching the Parade

Torchlight Parade Banner

The Seafair Torchlight Parade was held yesterday evening along 4th Avenue, and we walked down to check it out … along with 300,000 of our closest friends.

The parade was enjoyable, but I had one nagging question throughout.

The official name of the parade was the “Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade”, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the parade needed a corporate sponsor. I mean, all you need to hold a parade is a permit from the city, at which point all of the various participants put their own floats together

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The Parade of Nations: Seattle’s Crankiest Celebration

Lions of Scandinavia

Watching the Parade at 5th and Olive

Today, I checked out the Lions Clubs Parade of Nations.

This event was billed as the “Largest Parade in Seattle”, so of course, I had to go and see it.

Now, I wish I could say that I had a good time, but unfortunately I did not. Instead, I argued with old people for about half an hour before giving up and leaving.

The conflict started as soon as I arrived.

We (my family and I) approached the main route from the west side of 5th, and we waited for a gap

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Live from the Parade of Nations

It runs on 5th Avenue until 3pm. It is the largest parade Seattle has ever seen. Seriously. Come down and check it out.

An article and many photos are here: http://www.seattlerex.com/the-parade-of-nations-seattles-crankiest-celebration/

The 2011 Seattle Gay Pride Parade

The Gay Pride Flag

Huge Turnout for the Pride Parade

Parade Spectators

“Can you imagine if this many people turned out for the police brutality protest in February?”, I asked my friend.

“Yeah, Birk would have been prosecuted. Cobane too. We’d probably have a new police chief right now”, she said.

As I stood on 4th Avenue watching the Gay Pride Parade, I realized that what she said was true.

I’ve been to many Gay Pride Parades over the years, but my enthusiasm has been waning as of late. While watching the people go by, I realized that the parade has become

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