Pride Day in San Francisco
Bagpipe busking Anthropology in SF at the Pride Parade in Opera Plaza / Civic Center - a busk-man's (or bus-king's:) holiday - participant-observation ...
Bagpipe busking Anthropology (worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology) in San Francisco at the Pride Day in Opera Plaza / Civic Center - a busk-man's (or bus-king's:) holiday - participant-observation from behind the skirl :) after Quaker Meeting. I missed the Parade, but got a flavor of the day in Civic Center.
Merchant booths cost between $300 (for arts & crafts) & $1600 (for the Toyota dealership?) ... people were wearing perhaps more clothes this year than in previous years (I have never attended it before, actually), and there were lots of folks just passing-through for the street festival aspect ... Pride day has possibly lost some its outrageousness & edge from previous years (I can only imagine:), and perhaps is not as political ... & was not remunerative, busking-wise.
There was a pretty good turnout ... with crowded streets & no parking ... not much leather and not many queens ...
This day is emblematic of keeping open to sexuality, in a world that sometimes plays this down.
You say that like it's a good thing, Scott ...
Pride Day just is ... it's an expression of SF Bay Area culture (and cosmopolitan cities) ... it's neither good nor bad as I see it (I'm a little Dutch). :)
Just pullin' your leg...when is your Cuttyhunk adventure this year? We're out on the island from 8/2-8/8 ...
The San Francisco Friends (Quaker) School marched in the parade as a show of support.
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/06/ducklings-bagpipe-busking-anthropology.html - June 27, 2010)