With the religious leaders’ boycott in the balance, the Vietnamese gay contingent marched in the Tet Parade and was just as well received and well applauded as everybody else, ending the controversy on an up note.
It’s not clear to the Bolsavik if, or to what extent, the call for boycott affected attendance. To the Bolsavik’s casual observation, the place seemed as crowded as last year, but then again the Bolsavik wasn’t counting.
Anyway, so everybody was marching and the audience was applauding. The GLBT contingent came in at number 70, right after the former South Vietnamese armed forces people, and the audience was applauding too. Reportedly there were about 3 or 4 people boo-ing at some point.
Two Christian activists showed up with large crosses that say “Are you ready?” It’s not clear if they’d be there anyway, or if they’re there because the GLBT people were there.
Anyway, in the next post, the Bolsavik will give the award for Best Elected Offical’s Parade Car. Tomorrow, the Bolsavik will post his photo collection. Meanwhile, here are a couple more pictures of the GLBT group.