On Sunday, our friends, Jeff and Eric, hosted a Pride Parade party. They live in the building Anthony lived in when he first arrived in Seattle back in October. Their apartment looked right out onto the parade. They served belliis, Bloody Marys, and leek bread pudding and we watched the parade six floors up from the windows.
This was our first Pride Parade and we were surprised to see how corporate the whole thing is. It’s hard to imagine that the parade originated as a celebration of your unique self when you have hundreds Starbuck’s, Microsoft, Amazon employees marching down the street, all wearing the same corporate t-shirts. Thank goodness for the naked cyclists and the leather societies fully displaying their unique selves or else the parade would have been a complete bore. We did meet another lovely couple who love Champagne, cooking and eating, and traveling to Italy. So we might have some new friends!
Jeff and Eric are fast becoming close friends and Eric’s parents had driven in form Utah for a visit, so we hosted a very small Fourth of July party at our place, even though our house is in no shape to host anything. Parts of our walls are gone and there is wall mud dust everywhere. Our wall guys still have about four more days of work ahead of them. I did my best to clear a dust-free path to the bathroom.
Our place is right in line with the barge on Lake Union that they launch the fireworks from. It’s very exciting!
Families start staking out their places in the morning at Gasworks Park. The fireworks aren’t launched until 10:15 p.m.
The boats are relegated to one side of the lake and they start gathering early in the day too.
Amateur fireworks. I don’t know if they’re illegal or not, but there’s no way you would get away with shooting these off in California.
Next year we’ll throw a proper party and would love for you to come. This is a cool place to be on the Fourth of July.