LA Pride 2013: 10 Most Popular Parade Floats

LA Pride 2013 featured more than 130 entries in Sunday’s parade. Here are 10 floats and exhibits that got the biggest cheers from the crowd.

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Micky’s Gay Bar

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The popular gay bar, known for its go-go dancers, didn’t disappoint with its yearly “flaming fire truck” stocked full of muscle men shaking their stuff. This year, however, there was a surprise on the very back of the fire truck: WeHo Jesus.

WeHo Jesus, aka Kevin Lee Light, said in years past he’s joined the Comedy Store float, but this year they didn’t have a float. So, he showed up at the parade staging area and asked Micky’s folks if he could join them.

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WeHo Dodgeball

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WeHo Dodgeball made a splash in its first year at LA Pride.

Founder Jake Mason put up $500 of his own money to construct a moving mini-dodgeball court.

“I’m praying it makes it all the way across the route,” said Mason before the parade. “It’s about 40 feet by 20 feet, with a couple people inside playing dodgeball.”

The new dodgeball season starts next week, with Thursday action kicking off June 13 and the Tuesday league starting June 18.

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps date back to 1908, when Emanuel Bronner was born to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858. In 1929, he brought his formulas to America, and started the current company in 1948. The company prides itself on “eco-friendly” soaps.

Their display Sunday culminated in soap spraying into the crowd as bikini- and swimsuit-clad men and women got their clean on.

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Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums

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An institution in Pasadena, this competitive “Grade 3 Pipe Band,” dedicated to the study and performance of Scottish bagpipe music, thrilled the crowd Sunday.


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Gloria Allred

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Gloria Allred, the California civil rights lawyer known for taking high-profile and controversial cases, made her case in support of gay marriage by donning a wedding dress.

Recently, Allred took on the case of Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgender woman who challenged her disqualification from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for not being a “natural born” female. In April 2013, Allred appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

She has represented everyone from Rachel Uchitel to former Spice Girl Mel B.


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The Eagle Gay Bar

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Silver Lake’s self-described “premier leather gay bar” brought out the goods for its parade exhibit. First came men clad in leather. Then, a man cracking his whip dangerously close to onlookers. Finally, a litany of motorcycles. The crowd roared for each.

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Chipotle

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Taking a cue from West Hollywood’s Saddle Ranch, Chipotle featured a float with a woman riding a “mechanical burrito bull.”

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Eric Garcetti

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The Los Angeles mayor-elect, despite being swamped with transition plans, found time to ride down Santa Monica Boulevard in an electric-blue Jaguar. Trailing Garcetti was a double-decker bus, stocked full of supporters waving rainbow flags.

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The Abbey

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One of the world’s most famous gay bars exhibited go-go dancers on the hood of a Mini Cooper waving Abbey banners with more go-gos in tow.

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Andrew Christian

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The popular gay men’s underwear, swimwear and sportswear company put a half-dozen muscular men, wearing only blue underwear, on a small blue train.