Monday, May 22, 2017

SEEN IN GAY NEW HOPE

Happy Monday
The Pride Ball at the Raven

As you can tell by the Mistress's tone, I am yet again thrilled it's Monday. I'm just a wee bit exhausted from being out and about this weekend with Pride festivities. It's the first one I attended in two years' don't go every year to the festival and parade since there are so many to go to around here. On Saturday, May 21, was the big day..... the fraternal twin cities of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, New Jersey, hosted the New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade. The nationally recognized parade is the gem of the Annual Pride Festival, which drew an estimated 15,000 people this year and is said to be the only Pride event that crosses state lines. This one was really a good one and probably my favorite to attend as New Hope recognizes and celebrates diversity and different everyday. The vibe on Saturday was one of just that — a multidimensional celebration of diverse identities free from discrimination and celebrated in the streets. Bands, motorcycle clubs, floats and more sashayed their way through the streets of Lambertville and across the Lambertville-New Hope Bridge into Pennsylvania.  Although rain was in the forecast, participants and viewers alike came out to celebrate as if the only possibility was sunshine all day. Their energy was enough to stave off the bad weather for the duration of the parade, which ended in cheers and a breakout moment of dancing in the streets under a light drizzle. Followed by ample cock-a-tails around town, a huge drag reception, and a the Raven's legendary Wet and Wild Pool Party and Show. Seen around town.....
This year the HUGE 15'X25' Pride flag and all the flags around town were placed this year in honor of it's creator, the late Gilbert Baker.
Two YES boys from the Raven!!! Who needs NO boys?

Even Thunder Showers helped keep away the rain
There's always time for a cock-a-tail or three at the Mansion
Diva extraordinaire Dorothy Bishop entertained at the drag reception. Loved her Hillary verses Trump !!!! You should see wear she pushed the pins!
A parade goer who we met, and later joined us for drinks and hopefully a new friend. The trans community turned out in huge force and it was nice to see the reception they got....and deserve.

The town love Miss Richfield 1981!!!!!

I even throw on some old frock with China Cup for one of the charities shows last week.

While the town frowns on any chain business, it's a cold/warm relationship with Starbucks, there in the background. But they are huge supporters of the town, gay community, and most of the events and drag shows. There's their flag that will fly all month long.

New Hope's Grand Dame Miss Pumpkin, huh, in a Pumpkin

The Fabulous Sherry Vine at the Raven
Some of the Mistress's Clan

Even the horses around here get into the act

Our Pop-Up LGBTQ Community History Exhibit also put together this amazing video of the town, the Raven and it's pass characters together. It was so cool to see and a bit sad, as so many colorful people are gone. But worth a watch. You can just sense the community
feel.



Hat tip to the hunky Preston for helping take some of these photos.

27 comments:

  1. William and I were in town for the festivities and have never seen the parade before. It was truly a beautiful day being celebrated. I have never seen the town look so festive, more than normal. I even got to meet Miss Richfield. I only knew her from your blog. She is quite hysterical !!!!! And we loved your drag. Mother Nature!!!!!!!

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    1. Back at you doll!!

      XO and one for Jesus!

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  2. Looks like a great time was had by all! Even the horse :-)

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  3. So may delectable pictures....what a recount. But my favorite image of gay pride is always the different people, and the pride flag....that is amazing and to honor it's creator. The town looked great.

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  4. I don't know about you doll, but my bunions are killing me.

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  5. What a great looking time!!!! Of course you look fabulous! By chance are any of your friends free???? Love the horse shoes.

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  6. You were surely the belle of the ball, Mistress! And the ball itself was big and smooth and shiny. Is that how you like your balls, Mistress?

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    1. I do tend to like something I can swing on.

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  7. Mistress....fabulous, you need to do a show in P-Town this summer! Id' be lying too if I said that video didn't get to me. It was a sweet video....what a town.

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  8. A hot time in the ole town!!!!!! NYC has a good pride, but just something about the closeness of New Hope. What a good time.

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  9. Now what a celebration! I guess this means Pride season has started. I love you bird eye view of the from the mansion. And see the amount of pride flags. Looks like you had a weekend.....looking stunning I may add.

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  10. What a festive festival!!!! A old time for a quaintly little town. Alive all the queens especially you and China! By the looks were you feeling it? And will you be in Philly for the pride here?

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  11. Great Pride debauchery album. I need to check your pride out one year out there.

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  12. God knows...we can never have enough Yes boys!!!!! Great weekend, you people know how to do it.

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  13. Those pictures are fabulous, and I would love to see Make America Gay Again (MAGA) on a hat or a shirt sometime soon.

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  14. Girl.......i need that cotton candy wig!!!!!!!!!

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  15. "some of the mistress' clan" - I didn't recognize the houseboyz with their clothes ON!

    you look GAWGEOUS! what a fun time; one of these days I gotta meet miss richfield!

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  16. Looks like a Gay Olde Time was had by all!

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  17. Fabulous photos, thanks so much for sharing them! And Mistress, you look marvelous in your old frock!

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  18. After seeing this, I think I need another East Coast trip. I'm guessing your shiny disco balls didn't disappoint?

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  19. I always love seeing the different Pride pictures from around the globe, it's always nice to see the coming togetherness. But that first picture really set the tone.

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  20. i'm only surprised you weren't the float.

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  21. Thanks for sharing your fabulous festivities. Made me smile.

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  22. Ours has been moved yet again. They can't seem to decide what time of year to hold the thing. Shrug...

    Happy Tuesday, mistress. Hugs!

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  23. I wanted to come out so bad for this but worried about the weather. Looks like a fun day! Not everyday you see a queen named Pumpkin in a pumpkin riding down the street. Sherry Vine is amazing!

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!

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