“My, what a big horn Dirk has!” Live from the 2018 NYC Pride Parade

Last weekend, my hubby Dirk and I headed to New York Pride for two reasons: to host the popular Brüt party on Saturday night (photos coming soon), and so that Dirk could march with the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, NYC’s LGBTQ marching band! Dirk — who plays sousaphone and has been marching with LGBAC since 1999 — shot some really cool video from inside the band as they marched down 8th Avenue in the West Village:

I watched from the sidelines and shot some footage of the band as they went by (you can’t really see Dirk because he was on the opposite side of the street, unfortunately), as well as a tiny bit of his warmup before the parade:

Here are a few photos from the parade. His sousaphone, by the way, is named Audrey because she’s been known to eat people. (Technically I suppose she’s “Audrey 3.”) She’s the largest production model of sousaphone ever made, weighing in at 65 pounds. Carrying her is quite a workout… no wonder Dirk gets so sweaty!

By the way, I think I was invited to march with the band in next year’s pride parade, which happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the birth of the modern day pride movement. Hmmm… I’ve been known to do a little blowing myself. <grin>