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.
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.
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.
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 :)