Empire Lambda New York Automobile Club

2014 Huntington Gay Pride Parade and BBQ

by Roger on Jun.17, 2014, under Outing

Peter Writes:
The Empire Region participated in the Huntington Parade on Saturday June 14th and afterwards joined the LI Ravens at Nuts & Bolts for their Post Parade BBQ.

The weather was perfect. We had 5 cars in the parade and two members volunteered to march in front of us with our banner.

Parade Order:

Mike & Charles with Banner
Sam’s 59 Buick
John’s 51 Mercury
Peter’s 62 T-Bird
Tom & Joe’s 63 Pontiac
George’s 86 Cadillac

We got there by 10am to stage the cars then were able to relax and get some breakfast before the parade started at 12pm. There was lots to see and do and the 2 hours went very quickly.

After the parade we had reserved parking by the field and spent some time walking around and watching the entertainment. Some of us headed over to a diner for a light snack since we had some time before the BBQ. According to Newsday there were 18,000 spectators at the parade – great attendance and good exposure for us.

Around 4pm we met at Nuts & Bolts to join the LI Ravens for their BBQ. The Ravens had parking spaces blocked for us in front of the bar along the fence so our cars were together and secured.

The Ravens put on a really nice, free, BBQ with plenty of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, watermelon, and ice cream out on the patio. We thanked the Ravens for including us and look forward to doing another event with them in the future.

It was so nice to be able to relax and mingle after a long day at the parade. What I like about these events is that you never feel alone. We hang out as a group and then if you want you can go off on your own but always know that there is a home base to go back to.

Mike W took the train out from NYC for the parade and he became the car whore of the day. He got to ride in the 59 Buick, 62 TBird, and the 86 Cadillac. This is one of the perks of joining without your car, you can take a ride in a variety of vintage cars, and he did too!

John D gets the award of the day for the most change of clothes. Every time I saw him it seemed he had a different shirt on. I will have to check his trunk next time and see how big a valise he has in there. I think he has more outfits than Hal King.

All in all it was a really fun day and everyone had a great time. I always enjoy the company of our members very much and appreciate those who attended. A big thank you to Mike and Charles who volunteered to march in front of the cars with the banner!

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