On June 15th, a couple weeks ago, Chloë and I went to check out the haps at Boise Pridefest 2018. Rainbows everywhere!! Following will be a lot of pictures, so go grab a cup of coffee or something while this page takes it's sweet time to load... ;)
Because Rob and I were prepared ahead of time, when two of our kids came out to us as belonging to the LBGQT+ family, I browsed on over to the Rainbow Depot to get some supportive gear for us and the kids. Here's me on Friday the 15th, right before Chloë and I left the house. Forgive me for the crap look; my hair was still wet.
Posing with Chloë on Friday the 15th, at Boise Pridefest downtown near the Capitol Building, we were just about ready to see all the booths
This was the 30th year of Boise Pridefest, and the city was pretty decked out in rainbows. It was awesome to see this in the community.
All of the Idaho counties were represented on the poles as well.
Scenes from the 'fest
I had read about the Diversity Tree on the Pridefest website, and so I was eager to particpate along with Chloë.
Mike's Hard Lemonade was representin', and I got two or three free samples of their flavored drinks. I'd never had Mike's before, so I was a little surprised to catch a quick buzz!
Chloë, of course, could not have drink samples, but she did snag a Mike's Hard Lemonade lip balm!
A shot of the bandstand
This says it all.
I just liked the shirt, y'know?
I was invited to join the Boise Women's Chorus that day. I really want to! I just need to wait for my voice to come completely back; I haven't had it fully since my September 2017 tonsillectomy. Sucks!
Just gathering ideas for next year's festival - so cool!
Planned Parenthood was there, and they made us take water, for necessary hydration, and snacks for energy. Free food? Yes, please! (Also yes to the sentiment.)
Relaxing, listening to the music
Because what's a festival without a guy on stilts?
Hey, free totes from Albertson's!
Lots of vendor booths had wheels to spin for prizes. Chloë and I took full advantage, even if it was just to win a mini candy! We were all-in at Pride, just for the fun of it.
Just a cool tree I saw at the park, I guess ;)
More street views
Ol' Blue Hair happy and cheerful from a successful first day at Boise Pride!
As the sun went down in Boise, we relished the feeling of camaraderie and community support. Now for the lighting up of the Capitol Building and some fireworks! #LoveIsLove
Capitol Building, full moon, Pride... It was a full feeling, being there. One just felt... full.
Nighttime at Pride
Idaho Capitol Building
Chloë wanted one of these pride flags to wear as a cape, like we saw so many doing at Pride. Except, she wanted that one for Sophia and the bisexual one for herself:
Woot, found the Boise sign! ;)
Heartening to see the bike rental place pretty empty... that means people are using them instead of cars! I love Boise!
Sculptures in Downtown Boise
You can see peeks of Pride in some storefront windows, even.
At home, Chloë was desirous of making her hair even more blue, and we were down with that, so... here it is! So blue. Aaaand, maybe a little bit green.
Sophia hanging out with the butterfly glo stick I won at one of those spin-the-wheel games
Whoo! On Saturday, June 16th, Chloë and I were up and at 'em for the Pride Parade. First, we had to drop Sophie off at Pony Club camp far, far away, so we were a bit tired when the festivities began. However, with all the rainbows and love just pouring out of every face and edifice, it was totally worth it!
YAY! Good times, good times.
Pride wouldn't be pride if... well. You know.
Horses, because...? Who knows. And who cares, it's a parade?!
Rainbows everywhere! I loved it!
I'm a big fan of all the corporate sponsors at Pride. Woot!
Check it out! Chloë scored a Pride flag! There was a wait list on the bi-pride one, though, as they ran out. Still waiting...
We had so many flags by the time all these people giving out flags passed by us! Never mind that there were only two of us. We had plenty!
Sophia, meanwhile, was at Pony Club camp learning and doing so much about horses. But, she ended up being finished earlier than planned, so we raced out to get her and bring her back to experience a little bit of Pride for herself. Here she is, all decked out in the flag "cape" that Chloë got her. Looking FABULOUS, Sophie!
Mm-hmm, work it, girl.
They gave her some balloons from one of the floats, too!
See? I don't even think this was all of those flags! LOL
Look at all that flair! What a fun festival and community to be a part of!
All in all, I'm so glad we went to the 2018 Boise Pride Festival, and I'm so proud of my girls for having the courage to speak up.