June 28, 2005

Parade!

I’m a little later than I wanted to be getting this posted, but yesterday was the exam for the summer class I’ve been teaching, and somehow that sucked up all my energy and time. Now I’ve just got the marking to do — but I have two lovely TA’s, and so I only have to mark 35 or so exams. At least that’s something that can be done without a computer — it’s very hot, again, so sitting and working upstairs at the computer is not very pleasant.

In keeping with our resolution to do as many “Toronto” things as possible before we leave the city, Mark and I went down to the Pride Parade on Sunday.1 In spite of living in this city for more than 8 years, we’ve never been — so it was time to go. The weather was pretty perfect — hot and sunny, but not unbearably humid, with a good breeze. We didn’t stay for the whole parade, but we did see a good selection, including the requisite floats of barely clad men:

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I particularly enjoyed the “gay sports” float, with the waterpolo and hockey players:

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The pipers were another favourite:

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And, finally, it was even relevant to Classics — look, Trojans!

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In the evening we went to a going-away party for a friend from Mark’s department… the annual exodus is starting, with people leaving for jobs and other new phases of their lives. It’s exciting, but sad to say goodbye, especially when they’re moving far away (like England). And soon enough it will be Mark and I saying goodbye to everyone here — strange.

Oh, and the knitting? Almost done the shawl. I have, it turns out, more yarn than I needed, so I’ve done a couple of extra repeats, but I’m almost ready to start the border.

1 See Stephanie’s eloquent entry about Pride in Toronto — she sums up pretty well why it’s a special event in a special city. Even if one of the signs of the general (and welcome) level of acceptance is that various corporations want to get into the action, so almost every second float is that of a bank or other company… still, I think any nostalgia about the days when the parade was truly an act of defiance would be tempered by a remembrance of the terrible things that needed to be defied. We’re not exactly where we should be as a society yet, but we’re so much closer than we once were. And when the same-sex marriage bill passes tonight (as it seems about to) we’ll be that much closer.

Posted by Aven at June 28, 2005 10:32 AM
Comments

Isn’t that a blond head ogling the Trojans?

Posted by: Sue at June 28, 2005 03:02 PM

Love the pics and the footnote. My niece and her companion were hoping for a wedding in September, but we’re headed the wrong direction in this country. So instead they bought a new house to expand for their four adopted kids. Ironic, Arizona has the best adoption plan in the country, gays welcome. But don’t try to get married. Go figure.

Posted by: MOG at June 29, 2005 03:29 PM