Pride brings excitement for Bay Area Furries, with 50% rise in attendance.
by Patch O'Furr
Following this week’s “Pride in Furry Mecca” item –
It was an incredible rush to march with dozens of fursuiters in the 2014 San Francisco Pride parade. It was a good cause, but besides any message, the parade was full of music and cheering that made it pure fun. On ordinary days, it was a main route of the city full of buses and cars, but that day it was blocked off to make a stage a mile and a half long, with crowds on BOTH sides. It’s rare to get such audience (over a million) for jumping around and being furry. The hot sun made me ease up to shady parts of the barrier, and ask watchers if they could spare a dog bowl of beer.
2014 was the first time the Bay Area Furries returned to march since 2005. Excitement is building for the 2015 parade, on June 28. There are 50% more RSVP’s than last year. Friends and lurkers will probably increase it too, with likely attendance of over 70. Everyone is expecting another amazing event.
A valued regular commenter gave skepticism about the idea of “furry pride”, because it’s just liking something, not an achievement. I responded that it’s just one of many social groups supporting Pride (capital P), not a parade representing furries.
Here’s more info courtesy of the group organizers. It’s script info that goes to TV announcers, to help them figure out what they’re looking at. The parade requests one from every group.