Pride Fest 2018

by Camellia Staab May. 23, 2018 345 views

Last weekend was the eighth annual Springfield Pride Festival. I had never attended the parade before, but this time, I thought, why not? Actually what made me think about going to the festivities was when I heard a couple of my students talking about what it was like last year and a few mentioning that they were participating in the teen drag show. So off I went. Mind you during the same day and time, several happenings were taking place in downtown Springfield (feast or famine, that's the norm); the opening of the Farmers' Market and the Springfield Annual Art Festival. So I attended all, because, who can resist not taking pictures when the opportunity arises...not I! But for this post I will only concentrate on the Pride Fest.

Way before the parade...setting up of the stage

Way before the parade...setting up of the stage

Moving towards downtown.....while I am moving towards the staging of the parade.

Moving towards downtown.....while I am moving towards the staging of the parade.

Normally when I have pictures of "humans" I've been turning them in to monochrome, but you can't monochrome the Pride Fest. The parade started on 5th street going north into downtown.

Beginning of the staging

Beginning of the staging

Some of my students, practicing before the parade.

Some of my students, practicing before the parade.

And the parade is off

And the parade is off

As we got closer to downtown the audience got bigger and bigger and of course the weather got warmer and warmer. Once downtown and in front of the Capitol, we had to wait for the mayor to cut the ribbon and commence the festivities.

Mayor of Springfield

Mayor of Springfield

Getting made up for the drag show

Getting made up for the drag show

All in all a great time was had by all, including myself. It is definitely a place to people watch. Best of all my kids were very happy to see me :)

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

The parade really looks friendly and relaxed. We here in Europe have some very big holibi parades and they can go wrong sometimes. Good work, like Antonio said journalism. And your wright not every photo on pb has to be artistic, they have to be good but not perfect,and the story is important. For perfect photos there are other places.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Peter, I really appreciate your comments. Parades here go awry as well especially when there is too much alcohol involved but this one went well. :)

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

My pleasure

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Sydney Solomon 1 year, 6 months ago

That's a lot of pictures. Nice shots.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 1 year, 6 months ago

Thinking of you Sydney, trying to keep you busy ;)

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Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

+1

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

This has photojournalism quality dear Camellia. Love the colours, the dynamic, the way people look at your camera. Great work. BTW, what do you teach?

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you Antonio :) I teach High School English ( grammar, writing, literature)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

Great series and some great shots - now I understand your last comment about the lens! Seems you had a lot of fun and really good opportunities for good pictures.
#11 - is adorable with all the soap bubbles.
#6 - I admire everyone, who is capable to walk on such heels!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes those heels captured my attention. I do well to walk in flats :) I knew you would figure out  the lens comment :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

joy shoe +1

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Lisa Britton 1 year, 6 months ago

You got some great shots and it looked like you had fun!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lisa Britton 1 year, 6 months ago

I have finally come to grips with the idea that not every shot has to be artistic in order to be posted. As long as I am having fun, and I am, then I can post anything ( to a degree) ;)

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Lisa Britton Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 6 months ago

The story you told was great!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Lisa Britton 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks Lisa :)

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