Best In Show
For the first time, the community will be voting for the best contingent in the annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade.
"Giving people a chance to vote for who they feel did an outstanding job in the Parade is part of Pride's ongoing efforts to involve the community in the event. There were more creative and visually exciting contingents this year than in years past and we want to encourage that trend. 'Best In Show' is one way to do that."
Said Pride President, Joey Cain.
Each year a group of Parade Judges bestows ribbons for the best musical, marching, visiting and outrageous contingents and did so again this year. The winners in the various categories are attached and span a broad cross-section of the diverse elements that make up the Parade. This year, the Parade Committee has asked the judges to put together the list of nominees for the best overall contingent in the Parade so that the community may vote for its favorite.
The choice facing the judges was a hard one as so many of the contingents pulled out all the stops this year. The Judges have narrowed the field for best overall contingent down to four; the You've Gotta Give Them Hope Theme Float, the AIDS Emergency Fund Beach Blanket Babylon Float, the Gold's Gym Float and the Latin extravaganza of Loco Bloco. Voting is on-line only (one vote per email, per person) from now until midnight on July 24. To vote members of the public should go to www.sfpride.org/yourvoice/contingent.htm. The page contains photos of each contingent. The winner and those winners of the other categories will receive their ribbons at a special party at the LGBT Community Center on July 28.
In addition to selecting judges who had a great deal of community experience, the Parade Committee also reached out to other Parade organizers in the City and this is reflected in the choice of this year's Parade Judges who were; Carmen Morrison (former SF Pride Board Member, community activist and co-founder of the Women's Stage at SF Pride), Ren Davis Phoenix (Pride Idol Co-Producer & Producer of Women's Leather Title Competitions), David Lei (veteran organizer of the Chinese New Year's Parade), Linda Boyd (former Parade Committee Co-Chair), Roberto Hernandez (Producer of Carnaval) and Roger Nyugen (SF Goodworks).
Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:
"The judges were a diverse group of knowledgeable folks who were backed up by the diligence of the tallymaster, Tim Wong, whose new spreadsheet and technology bring the accountability to a whole new level. SF Pride thanks them for their hard work."
Next year's SF Pride Parade and Celebration takes place over the weekend of June 26/27. Please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org for more information.
Category: Absolutely Fabulous
Category: Absolutely Outrageous
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Keeping of Theme
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Visiting Contingent
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Musical Contingent
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Street Act
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Individual
Category: Absolutely Fabulous Marching Contingent
Nominees for Category: Best In Show
But again, one vote still remains: