The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 June 2004

Don't rain on their parade

The Weather Guys predict a 30-percent chance — "it probably won't, but if it does, we told you it would" — that it will rain on the city's seventeenth annual Gay Pride parade, or, to give it its full name, OKLAHOMA CITY GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDERED & INTERSEX PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL. It's enough to make you feel like the token straight.

The actual parade starts Sunday at five at Memorial Park, 35th and Classen, after a couple of days of festivities. Last year's event (let's not call it a "bash") drew about 20,000 spectators, a fair number of which did not actually qualify as G, L, B, T or I. My brother will happily point out that Surlywood is not adjacent to, but is in close proximity to, the zone known as "Homo Heights," and indeed my ZIP code contains more same-sex couples than any other in the state, but what the hell? On the nose of life's complexion, this, to me anyway, is not even so much as a freckle. Your mileage may vary.

(Update, 27 June, 9:30 pm: No rain. I wandered down the parade route earlier today to gauge the crowd and to get a look at some of the floats. If nothing else, the experience demonstrated the truth of my assertion that Oklahoma City is a darn good town for theatre.)

Posted at 7:27 AM to City Scene


Couldn't be because it is also one of the largest zip code areas in town?

Posted by: ms7168 at 10:09 AM on 25 June 2004

Even on a percentage basis, it's still pretty substantial; the state average is 0.33 percent, the city average is 1.15 percent, and we come in at 2.47. (73118, just east of me, comes to 3.79 percent, highest in the city.) Note that this count includes actual couples only; singles will no doubt inflate the numbers considerably.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:42 AM on 25 June 2004