Well, this really was different. The Vienna Gay Pride festival is this week and the Rainbow Parade was today–it goes right behind my apartment. It was fun!
The parade here is pretty conservative compared to the Gay Pride parade in DC. But, the Viennese do have beer trucks and a more relaxed attitude toward nudity to spice things up. It was sort of an “anything goes free love, peace, and legalize pot” type thing. And impressively big–we watched it go by for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half. I think it came close to occupying the entire Ring around the Innere Stadt. For a basically stodgy, very Catholic country, this is a big deal.
While I snapped photos, the husband collected swag. Everything from rainbow flags to free condoms. He was so happy.
Enjoy the show!
Here it comes…
Leading the parade.
This guy is just badass.
Hey, we are represented!
Back of a rainbow party truck.
Radical Queers–ironically some of the most conservatively dressed people in the parade.
Overview of the crowd.
There were a lot of coordinating couples in the parade.
Not sure the look quite works for these guys.
Grillmeisters in support of gay rights.
This is Austria, after all.
Queen of the BBQ Smoker Truck?
Very chic couple.
Some tourists asked for photos with the parade walkers.
Really low-budget party truck 🙂
Even guys have to hitch up their strapless dresses.