Thousands line Main Street for Pride
Headlining the procession was Grand Marshal Mayor Julian Castro who drew loud cheers as he and his wife walked the parade route accompanied by local gay youth. The parade drew over 50 entries, more than last year and more than any Pride parade held in the last five years.
Besides the Mayor, dignitaries included State Senator Leticia
Van de Putte, Judge Ron Rangel, Judge Monica Guerrero, Judge Barbara Nellermoe,
Bexar County Democrats chairwoman Carla Vela, judicial candidate Ina Castillo,
former City Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan, San Antonio College President
Robert Zeigler, Director of Public Health Dr. Fernando Guerra and Miss
Fiesta San Antonio 2009 Jessica Nicole Ramirez.
The main performing attraction was the Houston Flyboys who
performed their flag dance to boisterous cheers from parade spectators.
The other crowd favorite were the dancers from Samba San Antonio.
Photos by Antonia Padilla -- Alamo City Men's Chorale - Luscious Lusty Latin, June 20, 2009
Photos by QSanAntonio.com -- Pridefest 2009, Hemisfair Park, June 13, 2009
Photos -- PrideFest beats the heat
The 100-degree heat was no match for the enthusiasm the GLBT community showed by supporting the 28th annual PrideFest held on June 13 at Hemisfair Park.
During the opening ceremonies which began at noon Rob Mueller, pastor of the Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church, prayed "God, lover of the loney and the lost and left out and fliger of the grand Fiesta we call life -- embrace us all. We know you love diversity. Together we know that we are loved."
The main stage bustled with entertainment of every sort, including Christian music stars Jason and deMarco and local celebrity Jade Esteban Estrada. The evening show included the Pride Idol Finals.
However it was the heat that many had on their minds.
In a Twitter recieved by QSanAntonio, one reader wrote, "It's very,
very hot here. Bring AC!"
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