Let's have a look at the five page paper version of the numeric lineup, pictured, from SF Pride for the parade lineup last month. The organization does not yet post the lineup on their site, but at Tuesday's membership meeting where my motion to have the info their site was passed, I was given the paper version.
When I saw Rep. Nancy Pelosi riding in a convertible up Market Street with gay millionaire Jim Hormel at her side on June 30, it was the first time I could recall her in-person participation. She usually just issues a letter marking Pride and skips all the hoopla.
Since the lineup was not online, I didn't know what number her contingent was and the paper version states she was assigned to be contingent eleven. Prime time for the crowds along Market Street, the live television broadcast and reruns, and she received much attention from local TV news stations and old media outlets.
Turns out there were a total of twenty-three elected officials in the parade and they all had contingent placement numbers under 150, out of a total 235 contingents. Why are there so many of them and all get prime time, early slots in the lineup?
Just one question I want addressed as the post-Pride discussion begins. I intend to push for contingent groupings by theme for 2014, such a politicians, AIDS service groups, gay marriage organizations, etc, and to for just one year put the politicians at the very end.
We need to question why elected officials receive the numbers they do for lineup, as we debate every aspect of what goes in producing the Pride parade. Given the large turnout at Tuesday's membership meeting, and many new faces and all the community voices raised with lots of concerns, we can count on a lively debate.