Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY

A Gay Old Time in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

This guy decided to just go all out. He upstaged even the drag queens.

Hello darlings!

I’m pausing in the middle of mostly California-focused posts to talk about pride (after all, it’s important to keep you guys on your toes!).

Okay, so that ‘p’ in pride should be capital. On Saturday afternoon, Andy and I went to the Hudson Pride Parade and Festival! The weather was pretty much as picture perfect as you could get (unless you’re, I don’t know, in the Caribbean or something), and the town of Hudson is full of a great mix of people, restaurants, antique shops, and architectural beauty. Grand setting for Pride!

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

Such style, from the car to his argyle socks! Also, I love the color of that house.

A little back story: this was my first Pride in four years, and my last one before that was also four years prior. How I’ve missed that celebrating and being surrounded by the queer community! From age 18 to 25, I was an out and proud lesbian and wanted the whole world to know. So Pride was a regular thing: I love the event itself, the pageantry, the spectacle, the outpouring of love and declaration of freedom. I would seek the unusual and provocative with my camera, especially at the Dyke March in New York City (heads up, some of the pics at that link are not work friendly!).

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

Tops remained on, because this was a family friendly parade :)

Then, I met Andy in 2007 and everything that I knew about myself was called into question again. I basically went through a second identity crisis (coming out was difficult enough the first  time!), but that didn’t stop me from going ahead with my first adult heterosexual relationship. For this and several other reasons, 2007 was quite the mind-blowing year.

All of which is to say that my queer identity was sort of put on the back burner for awhile, unsure of its place in my life. My relationship with Andy evolved, I traveled around some more, realized it was okay to still be attracted to women, and we got married in 2011.

I suppose if I were into labels, like I was as an identity-seeking adolescent, I would say that I’m bisexual– but I don’t use labels now- except maybe ‘married’ and ‘wife’ :) I’m someone who loves others regardless of their gender, and I’m lucky to be with someone who loves me exactly for me.

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

The kiddies are coming!

I’m sure the 2007 me would have thought it would be such a big deal for Andy and I to go to a Pride event together, but in reality, Saturday afternoon was mostly like any other local event we’d attend: cute Hudson Valley town with crowds,  lighthouse near the waterfront park, and enticing sidewalk cafes. Of course, there was the added element of glee that I felt, all the while thinking Yay! Pride again! I wish there were women holding hands in Kingston, too. Ohmygod that rainbow-covered dog is so cute, etc etc.

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

Mercifully, we weren’t around to hear these guys play ;)

One thing I especially liked about the family friendliness was just that: families. It makes me so happy to see gay families celebrating, kids holding Pride flags and not having any concept of abnormal  or sinful. 

Seeing young people in their teens and twenties brought back memories of being loud and proud:

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

We find that crowd shots are often more interesting than whatever’s on stage :)

There was a grassroots activist group called Milk Not Jails: great costumes, festive music, and a passionate speaker who got up on stage to talk about forging a relationship between rural New York’s prison economy and agriculture (once I checked their website, their mission became clearer, but I’m still hazy on the ice cream parlour attire):

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

With signs that read ‘Cheddar Cheese’ and ‘Prison Isn’t Gay’, their message was a bit confusing, but they win points for passion and presentation.

These ladies were quite eye catching:

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

Such glamour!

What made the event even more fun was how the whole of Warren Street, Hudson’s main drag, participated in the festivities. There were signs, rainbow flags, and bits of flair everywhere. Here’s part of the window display in a thrift store:

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

The opposite window had the rest of the colors of the rainbow! I love it.

Now that I had that small taste of Pride, I’m sort of hoping we can somehow get down to the city for the NYC Pride March. It’s just such an event, you know? We’ll see!

Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY - Sweet and Savoring

“I need some pride flair!”, I kept saying to Andy. All the inanimate objects had more flair that I did.

June is Pride Month! Besides New York, I’ve also been to Stockholm Pride, as well as smaller events in Erfurt, Germany, and back home on Long Island. Have you ever been to Pride where you live?

 

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We have to dare to be ourselves, no matter how strange or frightening that self may prove to be.  –May Sarton

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11 Responses to “Celebrating Pride in Hudson, NY”

  1. Kristina @ Daily Ampersand June 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Thank you for sharing that! I have great admiration for people who are brave and perceptive enough to know who they are and are able to act on what makes them happy. I’m so happy for you (and Andy!) :D

    • Christy June 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Oh wow, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this comment, Kristina. I wasn’t sure if I was getting *too* personal, but ultimately it felt right, and now I know it was. Thank you!

  2. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables June 19, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I love seeing people stand up for equality!

    • Christy June 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Me too, Liz. I swell up inside with positive feelings and wish I was around that energy more often!

  3. Katherine June 20, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I just love how everyone here looks so happy! I love people who are so open and secure with who they are and they celebrate! More people in more locations need to stand up for equality! These pictures depict a happiness that is so rare and gorgeous!

    • Christy June 20, 2013 at 11:08 am #

      I completely agree, Katherine! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  4. natasha June 25, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    haha this looked like alot of fun. Love the rainbow nation scene with the dog in same attire. A very light hearted yet entertaining post. thank you

  5. raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen June 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Ah, this is what I get for slacking on blog reading for a couple weeks! Thanks for alerting me to this post. Once again, so glad to find a kindred spirit who knows what it’s like to wrestle with identity!

    <3

    • Christy June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      You’re quite welcome, Raechel- it’s moments like this that make me so glad I’ve kept up the blog- connections! :)

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    […] Gender difference aside (Happy Pride weekend, NYC!), there are a few things that made  Andy stand out from anyone else I had been attracted to or dated. He had (and has) this visible passion and charisma that I noticed right away. I was drawn to his adventurous spirit, and when I got to know him better, the fact that we shared a lot of social, moral, and environmental values. Most importantly, I felt at ease with him right away– wherever he was, that’s what home felt like. Thankfully, seven years later, that feeling has persisted! […]

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