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Portland Pride: Back to the Past

As a virtual parade and (mostly) virtual events take the place of this year's Pride Festival on the waterfront, K.B. Dixon takes a photographic stroll through Pride Parades past


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


The bad news is, like most large events, Portland Pride’s Waterfront Festival and Parade has been cancelled again this year because of Covid. The good news, however, is that the organizers have stepped in once more with an impressive slate of Zoom, YouTube, and in-person events, including a virtual parade, to hold the sequin-starved over until next year. A list of those events, beginning on Saturday, June 12, and running through the 2021 Virtual Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 20, can be found at the Pride’s website. Among the items scheduled you’ll find: Zoom drag queen bingo; virtual Pride couch concert; two days of queer films outside at The Lot at Zidell Yards; Portland Gay Men’s Chorus virtual concert; a premiere from Resonance Ensemble of a collaboration between composer Mari Esabel Valverde and librettist Dane Figueroa (Lady Dane) on a work about transgender sisters of color. Check the link for details and a complete schedule. (Unfortunately, I see, the Diva Drag Brunch is already sold out.)

The photographs here are from celebrations past. They allude, I hope, to celebrations future.

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Motorcycle, 2013

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Zoom: Portland Pride goes virtual

As the festival and parade gear up for an online celebration, K.B. Dixon gives a glimpse in photos of pre-pandemic Pride parades past


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


As with so many signature productions this year, Portland Pride’s Waterfront Festival and Parade has been radically reimagined. The salute to sex, civil rights, and sequins will appear via Zoom and in streaming videos of festivals past. For a schedule of the revelry I refer you to Pride Northwest’s new website, which houses a calendar of virtual events beginning Friday, June 12, and continuing through June 19.

Similarly, the photographs collected here are from previous celebrations—celebrations that presented a special challenge to the black-and-white photographer who, armed with only humble midtones, was obliged to face off against the full spectrum of saturated color—and then some.

Motorcycle, 2017

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