Bisbee Pride 2016

Bisbee’s Gay Pride weekend was just this last weekend, June 17-19. Once again, the town was full of men and women of all ages and persuasions. For me, the highlight is always the parade. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to walk this year, but my partner and I did get a great spot along the route to watch. I lost more than a few shots when he waved just as I clicked the shutter, but I still got some decent ones.
Thankfully, the parade was held at 7PM to avoid the day’s heat. Due to the shade, though, some of the colors’ vibrancy is missing.

The first in the parade were some of the ever-growing group that call themselves The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. You’ll see some of them in later photos and recognize them by their costuming and white faces.

Then came some of the B.R.A.T.S. – the Bisbee Rolling Arts Transport Society. They sponsor a wonderful art coaster parade each year and some join in the Pride parade.


They were followed by a few art cars, then the Mule Mountain Democrats and St. Josh’s Episcopal Church, both groups always there to remind us of their support for diversity.

The one below is the Bisbee for Bernie car.


 There were also several tributes to the shooting victims in Orlando.

Then came a person with a lovely tiara. I don’t know if this was a cross-dressing man, a woman, or a transgender person. But the effect is great.


More Sisters led and carried the Tucson AIDS Ribbon. It has names of all who have died of AIDS and is way, way too long.


The parade was over in about forty minutes. Many headed into the local bars, but my partner and I headed home to the quietude of Naco and life on the border.

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25 thoughts on “Bisbee Pride 2016

  1. Great pictures and looks huge fun. Well done Bisbee! 😀

    1. Bisbee is such a great town! The mayor used to be the grand marshall. Female, straight, Mexican. The current mayor is a jerk+. Won’t even attend.

  2. loved every picture !

  3. Thank you for the great photos! I was out of town that evening and missed the parade!

    1. Glad I could get you there, Debra!

  4. ~ great treat to see these, Emilie! Thanks for sending them to me. Our Pride Parade and Festival up here in Victoria will be Sunday, July 10th. Should be great fun, but I imagine we’ll have to do without the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence…so sad!

  5. The pictures and commentary are wonderful, Emilie. You looked lovely in your mint green dress as we paraded by!

  6. Diverse. Seize the Day.

  7. Thank you Emilie, First time to walk with the Mule Mt. Dems and very proud to do so and of our tiny Titan town!

    1. Yes, Charlet, we live in a very special place.

  8. I remember some of those Sisters from last year. Thanks for the photos, Emilie.

    1. Cheyenne, it is always such fun. Wonderful crowd.

  9. Great blog Emilie! Enjoyed the pictures too!

    1. We can work on a few blogs together in Maine!

  10. Helise Dubnick June 24, 2016 — 7:41 am

    Emilie, thanks for the wonderful photos & explanations. I was out of town, so missed it in person. Thanks for a brief glimpse into the festivities. I love that it’s Bisbee pride, not just gay pride.
    See you soon, Helise

    1. Helise, it was as fun as ever. And you’re right – it’s Bisbee Pride.

  11. Thanks for sharing the color and vibrancy, Emilie. Cheers…..

  12. Looks like a lot of fun! There is an annual one back here in Norway as well, in our capital Oslo. Special atmosphere this year as it came just after the heartbreaking Orlando shooting.

    1. Our Pride weekend was a week after Orlando, so there was a lot of celebrating as well as mourning here.

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