I was in New York City two weekends ago for the Travel Blog Exchange Conference (TBEX), where hundreds of travel bloggers got together to meet (many for the first time in person) and pick up some travel blog advice. There were also plenty of TBEX parties and quite a few drinks coupled with late nights; one reason I made it to Greenwich Village around noon, missing the TBEX morning sessions on the second day.
When I emerged off the subway at the 8th St. NYU stop, I stumbled upon the colorful scene that was the New York City Pride Parade. This parade began in 1970 and happens to be the oldest gay pride parade in the world. I didn’t get to stay long as I was making my way to TBEX and the large crowds threw off my already bad sense of direction. I got lost in Washington Square Park before eventually finding the Cantor Film Center.
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I love the gay pride parades, by far the best parades, at least in Toronto.
It was like one big giant party.
Ah, that is why we didn’t see you until the end of the day:) It was awesome to be able to see a little glimpse the Pride Parade in New York. We have the largest one in North America in Toronto that was supposed to happen on the same weekend but was postponed because of the G20. We then missed the Toronto Pride the following week because we weren’t organized enough:( At least we had a taste of the parade in Greenwich Village! Fun shot!
Being late and getting lost are two things I do with remarkable consistency 🙂 Often though I end up on the unexpected and the NYC Pride Parade was one of those times. So nice to stumble upon it.
Too bad we didn’t get to chat more, next time we meet up though I’m sure we will – we have to!
Great surprise and picture Anil, something I would normally do as well although not usually alcohol induced. I’m not one for morning meet-ups.
…plus the train shut down for an hour or so one my way back to Long Island the night before. It was tough to get up at all, even for the afternoon sessions!
I used to suffer train shut downs on a regular basis when I lived in Osaka, a real nightmare. But hey you got to see a neat festival!!
Oh the best one is in Toronto (ofcourse I would say that, and ofcourse I haven’t been to other parades except Mumbai, lol). It’s very interesting to stumble upon surprises like that!
It was a nice surprise – I love travel randomness 🙂