When the 2012 edition of our nighttime Houston Pride Parade kicks off on June 23 after the ongoing series of events that started here June 16, one of our own trans women will be front and center as the Female Grand Marshal.
Jenifer Rene Pool, who is one of the hosts for the KPFT-FM Queer Voices radio program and ran for Houston City Council in the 2011 cycle was voted in as the Female Grand Marshal for 2012 .
The 2012 Male Grand Marshal will be Nicholas Brines, a Houston business owner and former president of Pride Houston
Our Ally Grand Marshal for 2012 is City Council Member Ellen Cohen, a former State Representative and longtime advocate for the LGBT community
Houston Pride, the umbrella organization that helps coordinate our pride celebration here announced the Celebrity Grand Marshal.for 2012 will be Madison Hildebrand, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing.
And if you’re asking why do we have the only nighttime pride parade in the US? Hello, do y’all know what levels the temperature and humidity can hit here at the height of a June summer day? The temp and the humidity battle it out to see which one can go higher than the other.
But once the sun goes down and it cools off it was worth it to see friends, that giant lit up disco ball they have at the corner of Westheimer and Montrose, the two main streets that cross the Montrose gayborhood where the parade happens and all those various lit up floats. The Houston trans community has one that they enter as well that is one of the projects of the TG Unity Committee. .
Well, I was planning on going since the last pride parade I witnessed was in 2001. I have more of a reason to go spend a few hours this Saturday checking it out.
And I wonder if they are still doing the giant disco ball at Westheimer and Montrose?