Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pride Comes in Many Colours - Part 1

This past weekend was London's annual Pride Parade.  I had walked in the parade many years ago, but since then have been a regular spectator.  This year I thought I would join the Forest City Derby Girls in the parade, and of course that meant putting together an outfit.  The above photo shows what I came up with.  I really wanted to take the sparkly silver cloud crinoline out to play, so that became the focus, the rest was just lots of colourful accessories.  We had to stand around in a parking lot in the blazing sun, for about an hour before the parade got underway, so I used the time to shoot some photos of some of the other participants.

Torque E Mada, dressed as "Yellow" in the Derby Girls rainbow

This woman was also going to be on wheels for the parade - on the back of a motorcycle.  I loved everything about her outfit, but especially....

Her decorated helmet!
This participant made a gorgeous costume for last year's parade that was all white; this year she decided to go for all black.  I cannot imagine the effort it took to make the costume, and then walk the  entire parade route in those heels,  with all that weight strapped to your back.

Unfortunately, we were near the end of the parade, so I missed the majority of it, which is the disadvantage of being a participant instead of a spectator.  More photos to come in Part 2.

11 comments:

  1. All I can say about that last photo of the woman in the black costume and heels is....WHOA! What moxie! What chutzpa!

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  2. Excellent costumes! That must have been a ton of fun. Glad you had an opportunity to wear your skirt. Perfect with your Converse knocking it down a bit.
    Parades are such happiness. I wish we all lived like a parade. When I was a kid growing up in a neighborhood full of kids my age we created our own parades all the time. I can still remember being the clown in the back stubbing my darn toe and watching it bleed. But I was having too much fun to go in the house.

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  3. How fabulous, you look utterly brilliant and I totally love the lass in the bikini, what a babe! x

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  4. The third lady is so samba. What an awesome costume. Love your knee socks.

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  5. What fabulous costumes, the last one is incredible!
    You look wonderful, Shelley, love that silver petticoat and the big hair flower. xxx

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  6. You look FABULOUS! I absolutely LOVE your silver petticoat - and headpiece - and tshirt - and socks - and EVERYTHING. The costumes are all gorgeous... can't wait for part two! Sarah xxx

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  7. Oooooh I want your petticoat! Hooray for gay pride! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  8. My dear I adore your silver tutu...I have for the past couple of years tried to figure out ways to wear them at my age...you do it well! Looking forward to part two!

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  9. Dang, every time I see the silver crinoline I want one (Desiree has one she's worn too). I'm very, very impressed with the last photo. She looks like a walking firework!

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  10. Well helloooooooooooooooooo soul-sista!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for wearing and KILLING your silver crinoline!!! I am going to HAVE to save the pic of you holding your skirt out and put our pics together - oh my, the mighty, mighty crinoline!!!!! I'm seriously having seizures here - ok I can't help it ... SQUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! I adore your entire outfit and your three-string granny beads have not missed my eagle-eye - arrrggghhhhhh!!! I would have to hug everyone at the parade, but bikini babe might be tricky:)). xoxoxoxoxo

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  11. The silver crinoline was the perfect choice. It needed an audience and applause! Your headwear is also magnificent.. The decorated helmet and the last photo took my breath away.

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