Images of PrideThis past Sunday I was down in Asbury Park, NJ for the New Jersey Gay Pride Parade. Once the crown jewel of the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park fell on hard times following race riots in the 70 and corrupt local government in the 80s. Finally, around 2000, gay men and women being priced out of trendy Fire Island and the Hamptons discovered the potential of this charming seaside town and have begun turning it around. Every year I go back more and more glorious old Victorian and Craftsmen homes are being painted, renovated and spruced up. I love driving down the wide tree-lined avenues past house after house with rainbow flags hanging out front.
Unfortunately, it was a gray day for Pride this year but the rain held off till after the parade. Below are some snapshots featuring representatives from Asbury Park, a burly biker bear, the Argentina/Uruguay LGBT Group float featuring who else? A drag queen dressed as Eva Peron. Next is New Jersey Leather Pride, followed by the Bus for Change featuring gay-friendly political candidates and finally the cast and crew of a local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.