Withering Glance: We parade with Pride this year, for sure

  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Rain Morehouse, 16, added color to the crowd of sideline spectators at the 2012 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis,

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: I was in downtown St. Paul along with thousands of others on May 14, after Guv Dayton signed the gay-marriage thingy. After that spontaneous celebration, today’s Festival of Pride was seeming a bit been-there/done-that. Then along came SCOTUS and its DOMA drubbing. Are you just bursting with Pride in this landmark year?


RN: Totally, because there’s so very much to celebrate. Who knows? I may, after a many-years absence, even attend the Ashley Rukes Pride Parade, although I have absolutely nothing to wear. What about you?


CP: What, Brooks Brothers didn’t issue a rainbow-edition walking short?


RN: Good one.


CP: If any straight man can outshine parade-loving Mayor Rybak, it’ll be this year’s Grand Marshal and ex-Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe.


RN: The screams will be heard all the way to Mound. As they should be. He’s aces. What’s your favorite perennial parade contingent?


CP: The Firm float. Doug Melroe, the gym’s understated perspirer-in-chief, is a genius at making magic out of nothing more than 10 square centimeters of Spandex and a DayGlo swim noodle.


RN: For me, it’s all about the full-throttle roar that is Dykes on Bikes. And the Minnesota Freedom Band’s toe-tapping entertainment. And, of course, the PFLAG contingent. We love them.


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