By Todd Camp
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas, yet. But it is time to start planning for the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, Dallas’ massive annual celebration of LGBT pride!
That means colorful outfits, pets on parade, and a long day of floats, fun, and fabulousness. Of course, the Turtle Creek Chorale will be there front and center, so I spoke with Chris Campbell, one of the co-chairs of this year’s TCC Pride Parade Committee, to find out how the Turtles will be celebrating this year’s festivities.
“We’ll have a float in the parade showcasing some of the fun music we’ve produced over the past 35 years, and we will have members walking alongside tossing beads out to the crowd,” says Chris, a Joplin, Mo., native who joined the Chorale in February of 2013. “We are going to be using the parade to let the community share in the celebration of our 35th season.”
Considering that TCC outdates the parade by four years, they certainly have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of this year. But anyone who has ever tried to attend the parade knows that finding a good place to watch can be challenging, especially with the throngs of attendees. Any suggestions on where I should perch this year?
“Personally, I always watch the parade from Woody’s or TMC’s [Throckmorton Mining Company’s] patio,” Chris admits. “Both have great vantage points for the parade and great people-watching as well. These are both good places to meet up with friends before heading to Lee Park for the after-parade events.”
I asked Chris if he had any favorite parade participants I should keep an eye out for when I get there.
“Cathedral of Hope always seems to have a great float and participation from their group,” he says. “Then there are always floats with lots of eye candy — family friendly, of course — and those are always fun.”
Thanks for the reminder. Better grab the camera, too. See you there!
This year’s 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 on Cedar Springs Road, starting on Wycliff Avenue and preceding on to Turtle Creek Boulevard. For more information, visit dallaspride.org.