I had the honor of dancing in the San Francisco Pride Parade yesterday! It was an incredible experience and I’m already looking forward to doing it again with this amazing group of organizations next year.
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Getting Ready to Dance With Pride
My day began by, of course, getting ready. I had already embellished my t-shirt and rainbow skirt the night before so all I had to do was hair and makeup. I put on dramatic lashes, purple eyeliner, and holographic glitter. Everyone was asking how I got the glitter to stick and stay in place. NYX Glitter Professional Makeup Glitter Primer is the answer. Apply a layer of that under your glitter and it will. not. budge. My glitter was still perfectly in place even after I was done dancing!
The call time for the Dance With Pride dancers was 12:30pm, but we knew we wouldn’t be dancing until long after that. There was a protest before the parade began, delaying it for about an hour. This gave me plenty of time to soak in the behind-the-scenes parade atmosphere, meet new people, and get ready to perform. This was my first time performing in a parade so I was grateful that I didn’t have to rush through the experience.
Dancing With Pride in the San Francisco Pride Parade 2019
Waiting for our turn to march, I found people ready to party, loud music, and an overall festive atmosphere. As far as logistics go, there were snacks, water, and port-a-potties available to everyone waiting their turn to strut down Market Street. After almost 2 hours, it was finally our time to shine!
As the groups ahead of us started to move and we started to line up, my heart began to beat faster. My anticipation and excitement began to build. We were only about to dance in front of 100,000 people or so. But, once the music started my nerves turned into elation as 193 of us started dancing in unison. Dudley Flores and all of the teachers/directors involved did an outstanding job organizing us, teaching us the choreography, and making sure we looked fierce.
Turning the corner onto Market Street, the official parade route, I saw large crowds and a countless number of phones and cameras taking video and snapping pics. I made eye contact with as many as possible! About 3/4 of the way down the parade route I spotted my husband and little one. It was heart-warming to see familiar faces that I knew were as proud of me as I was to be a part of this parade. My little one waving was so cute, she got to see her mommy in the parade!
Here are some clips of the Dance With Pride group:
I’m really easy to spot in this next one, I’m front and center in the rainbow skirt!
Our group is discussed at 4:12ish in the next clip!
It was a long and exhausting day, but it was so worth it. Now, it’s time to prepare for the 4th of July! Have a great week!
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