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Washington State: Getting Upstaged at Seattle's 40th Pride Parade

Pacific Northwest Travelogue Part 10

Proud of their Scottish heritage, Michael Taylor and his nephew Erik don kilts made with the family tartan and make their ways to downtown Seattle to march in the 40th annual Pride Parade. Will they make a splash?

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A massive Pride Flag is held aloft by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they march down 4th Street in downtown Seattle. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

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My nephew Erik Taylor and I donned kilts made of the Taylor clan tartan and made our ways proudly through the streets of downtown Seattle to the parade ground on 4th Avenue.

We got several admiring glances and a few compliments along the way!

"You gentlemen look excellent in your kilts!" a well-dressed woman with a pronounced British accent said as we crossed paths.

When we arrived at 4th Avenue, however, I for one felt a bit upstaged. I'm used to being the centre of attention on the rare occasions that I wear my kilt.

On this occasion, I was definitely punching well below my weight!

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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Erik Taylor (left), a.k.a. Washington State Mr. Leather, Michael Taylor, and members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, St. Joan Abbey. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

All I can say is, when you're competing with the The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for attention, good luck! I might as well have worn civies ...

Erik and I marched in the parade twice: first with the sisters, near the beginning of the parade, and again with Seattle Men in Leather, near the end.

This year marked the 40th anniversary of Pride in Seattle. The theme was 'Generations of Pride'. The first Pride Parade was held in the Emerald City in 1974.

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