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A Social Justice rally is planned for Saturday, December 6, in Abbotsford, a chance for the community to redeem its image and show its support for diversity and understanding within its community.A Social Justice rally is planned for Saturday, December 6, in Abbotsford, a chance... more
The tenth annual Naked Pumpkin Run in Boulder Colorado!! About a hundred people threw off their clothes and charged through downtown Boulder...with only pumpkins on their heads!The tenth annual Naked Pumpkin Run in Boulder Colorado!! About a hundred people threw... more
Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy will lead the parade of British Olympians and Paralympians celebrating their Beijing success in London today.
The procession leaves Mansion House at 1100 BST, heads to St Paul's Cathedral and up the Strand to Trafalgar Square..Triple gold medallist Chris Hoy will lead the parade of British Olympians and... more
WCBS reporter Marla Diamond took these photos during the 2008 New York City Columbus Day Parade - Monday, October 13, 2008.WCBS reporter Marla Diamond took these photos during the 2008 New York City Columbus... more
Four San Diego firefighters who were given a direct order to ride in the city's gay pride parade last year should be awarded up to $1 million apiece because they were sexually harassed at the event, their attorney told a jury Tuesday.
Charles Limandri said firefighters John Ghiotto, Jason Hewitt, Alex Kane and Chad Allison were called names and subjected to cat-calls, hostile language and other sexually explicit acts by scantily clad parade attendees on July 21, 2007.
The firefighters, who manned a station in the Hillcrest neighborhood where the parade took place, were ordered to take part when another crew backed out the night before the event.
"They did everything humanly possible to avoid the parade," Limandri said in his closing argument.
Ghiotto, the crew's captain, was told by a supervisor, "John, you have to take the direct order," Limandri told the jury tasked with deciding the firefighters' civil suit against the city.
Limandri said the firefighters saw a man on the parade route groping himself and tried to videotape the event, but failed.
"Nobody should see a man doing that in public," Limandri told the jury.
The attorney said the firefighters are men of integrity and honor who felt "humiliated, demoralized, abandoned and persecuted" by the event.
Hewitt -- now a captain -- claimed his supervisors retaliated against him for bringing the suit by giving him low marks while he was trying to get his promotion.
Chief Deputy City Attorney Maria Severson questioned Limandri's request for $500,000 to $1 million in damages for each firefighter.
The plaintiffs were required -- as part of their job -- to be in the parade representing the fire department if asked, Severson said in her closing argument.
"We owe it to the citizens to be there," she said. "That is public service at its best."
Severson said the fire department makes every effort to get volunteers to participate in parades, but when that doesn't work, staff are assigned to take part.
The gay pride parade was not a hostile environment, Severson said, noting that no other agencies complained about their involvement in the parade.
She said the firefighters were treated like "rock stars" for most of the parade, except for a small fraction of the event.
Severson argued there was no sexual harassment suffered by the plaintiffs because there was no physical touching and no threat of physical touching. She said the claimed harassment was neither "severe or pervasive," as claimed. Four San Diego firefighters who were given a direct order to ride in the city's... more
The wackiest, funkiest most awesomist bike parade this side of the Mississippi! This event is sponsored by the New Belgium Brewery and is all about self expression on bikes and saving the world!The wackiest, funkiest most awesomist bike parade this side of the Mississippi! This... more
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is very ill or dead. If Kim is not longer the effective leader of the isolated and nuclear-capable Marxist state there are profound implications.
north korea, kim jong-il, dead, pyongyang, rumours concubines, terrorism, washington, united states, kim il-sung, nuclear moscow, soviet union, war, negotiations, economic, diabetes, parade, military,Jonathan Manthorpe, international affairs, Vancouver, Vancouver Sun.North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is very ill or dead. If Kim is not longer the... more
Thousands of people lined a parade route Saturday as Harley-Davidson riders from around the world revved their engines, waved flags and threw candy to the crowd for the iconic motorcycle company's 105th anniversary.
About 7,500 motorcycles sparkled in the sunshine as they growled along the 4 1/2-mile route by Lake Michigan.
Vannettsa Valentine of Milwaukee watched the parade and slapped hands with many bikers.
"I've lost count of where they all come from," she said. "I wanted to welcome them to Milwaukee."
More than 100,000 people were expected in Milwaukee for the celebration, which included activities at the new Harley-Davidson Museum and a Saturday night performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Harley-Davidson Inc. spokesman Jerry Gleason said the riders were randomly selected from among people who bought celebration tickets before December.
Riders came from overseas as well as the United States, many festooning their bikes with their home countries' flags. Others wore costumes, including Batman. The 158 police and sheriff's troopers participating included officers from as far away as Italy.
Among the lead riders was Willie G. Davidson, grandson of a Harley-Davidson founder and the company's chief styling officer.
The celebration started Thursday and ends Sunday.Thousands of people lined a parade route Saturday as Harley-Davidson riders from... more
Mardi Gras is still segregated-however they dont care... both sides love and appreciate segregation... its a tradition that they follow since ages ago and whenever the have parades in Mobile, they are also segregation... Both sides have lavish ceremonies and Floats and celebrate the culture.... The segregation, though isnt sparked by racial hate... Its just tradition... Both sides love each other and ironically more peaceful than some of the most urban hate scenes higher up in the nation... Just goes to show that racism CAN be put down...Mardi Gras is still segregated-however they dont care... both sides love and... more
This video captures Barack Obama's supporters as they march in the Dale City Fourth of July Parade. It also displays the viewpoints of many of Obama's supporters. Supporters were asked, "Why are you in support of Senator Barack Obama?"; their responses are intriguing. This video captures Barack Obama's supporters as they march in the Dale City... more
The annual parade launches the 10-day event. At the helm of the parade was Patsy Rodgers, who was crowned the Stampede's first queen in 1946.The annual parade launches the 10-day event. At the helm of the parade was Patsy... more
The annual Gay Pride Parade was held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, June 29, 2008. Check out the photos of this colorful event.The annual Gay Pride Parade was held in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, June 29, 2008.... more
Today, Cuba's gays are planning some reform of their own. Working with Florida's Unity Coalition, activists in Cuba have organised the island's first gay pride parade.
Members of the Foundation LGTB Reinaldo Arenas in Memoriam and other groups will participate in the march, according to Unity. They will meet in Havana's Don Quixote park at 10am and march to the Ministry of Justice to deliver a series of demands.
Marchers seek an apology from the government for its past repression and, in some cases, incarceration of openly gay citizens and the inhumane treatment of prisoners with AIDS, according to Unity.
In Havana, gay activist Aliomar Janjaque said that despite some progress on gay rights, discrimination against homosexuals continues in Cuba. He said people are still passed over for jobs, prevented from gathering in certain places and, in some cases, jailed because of their sexual orientation.
"Mariela Castro's work is good and valid and we're not criticising it," said Janjaque, 31, a psychology student who is president of the Foundation LGTB Reinaldo Arenas in Memoriam. "But we believe they should do more."
Mariela Castro, Raul Castro's daughter, heads the island's National Centre for Sex Education. In May, she led a public rally against homophobia that briefly brought gay activists out of the shadows. Earlier this month, Cuban officials announced they were allowing free sex-change operations for transsexuals.
In South Florida, Cuban natives like Arturo Alvarez, who co-owns Club Azucar, said the government's recent measures don't go far enough.
"We'll see with this parade if openness has really been achieved," said Alvarez, 44, an internist by training who deserted 20 years ago while on a medical mission in Namibia.
Alvarez traveled to Cuba in May to attend Mariela Castro's rally and is cautiously hopeful about signs of change on the island. As a gay teenager in Havana, he was barred from Communist youth groups and experienced withering rejection.
"You couldn't have the slightest gay mannerisms. You could show no trace of who you really were," said Alvarez, who has organised gay pride parades in several Latin American cities, including the first in Montevideo, Uruguay, last year.
For decades under Fidel Castro, Cuban gays were subject to widespread antipathy and government crackdowns, Alvarez and others said. But the community has seen a growing level of tolerance since the 1990s and a lively gay social scene has for years thrived in Havana.
Janjaque said organisers hope an orderly, peaceful march would draw attention to their concerns.
"We want to raise awareness but we don't want to provoke a wave of repression against the gay community," he said. "If there is a hostile reaction from the government, we will stage a much larger demonstration. We will take to the streets."
Today, Cuba's gays are planning some reform of their own. Working with... more
A procession of devils, ghosts and zombies through the historic Spanish city of Toledo has been branded blasphemous by the Catholic Church.
Actors from the Morboria theatre company performed a representation inspired by the medieval Dance of Death in Toledo's streets on Saturday, provoking an angry reaction from the cathedral pulpit the following day.
He told worshippers the procession, which also included a Virgin Mary and a Saint Peter, made a mockery of the Catholic celebration of Corpus Christi.A procession of devils, ghosts and zombies through the historic Spanish city of Toledo... more
Veterans for Peace applied and was accepted to join the National Memorial Day parade. But then, late last month, the group was told that it didn’t meet the criteria to participate.
The American Veterans Center, which runs the parade, told them “we cannot have elements in the parade that have any type of political message or wish to promote a point of view.
“We’re striving to keep political statements out of the parade,” says Jordan Cross, communications director of the American Veterans Center. “Last year, we had two groups who supported the war, and we turned them down.”
Does that mean that there aren't any war-supporting groups in the parade this year? Check out the list of major sponsors for the parade. They include: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, the nation of Kuwait, the U.S. Army, and even the NRA. Hardly a neutral crowd when it comes to the war.
Parades are political statements by themselves. They express cultural values and demonstrate popular support for ideas and individuals. What values do we promote in our Memorial Day parade? And why can't peace be one of them?Veterans for Peace applied and was accepted to join the National Memorial Day parade.... more