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Overnight: Traginers de Balsareny cercavila 2013


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I've never like big parades much, e.g., the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the Rose Bowl parade, Mardi Gras, or anything similar. They're too big, too loud, too impersonal, and too ostentatious. I far prefer smaller parades in smaller towns, the simple 'Fasching' parades in the Black Forest, for instance.

I was admiring the work of a photographer who had taken a picture of a small ancient waterway in the northeast of Spain when I decided to look up the village: Balsareny, near Barcelona. The wiki on the town is very sparse but I did find a video of a parade there and it fits my criteria of a 'good' one.

The title says 'Traginers de Balsareny cercavila' and I had no idea what either 'traginer' or 'cercavila' meant but the parade consisted of many wonderful old horse-drawn vehicles used for hauling. It turns out that a traginer' is the word in Catalan for a 'carrier' and a 'cercavila' is a parade.

I just realized that I did not see a single cross or other religious symbol. Hooray for the paraders!



Overnight: Carnival in Cologne, Germany


KarnevalKoelnw398h264Cologne (in German 'Koeln' or 'Köln') - is on the Rhine River in Northern Germany. It celebrates 'Carnival' - or 'Fastnacht' - the weeks time before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in a very different way than the southern Germans do. There are parades but there are also fancy dress parties, a feature of which, as you might guess, is much drinking, the presenting of kings and queens, and a 'Buettenredner' - a teller of jokes in 'Koelnisch' - the dialect of German spoken in and around Cologne.

Here's one of those parties:

Here's a Wiki on the Carnival in Cologne.


Overnight: Carnival in Nice, Cote d'Azur, France



I've been to Nice a number of times but not at Carnival time - 'carnaval' in French - and looking for a video about it, I found this. I had not realized that the parade style is much like Rio's nor that the emphasis is on flowers. The float riders throw flowers to the parade viewers, not candy, and the atmosphere is joyful but not rowdy. The 'Cote d'Azur' is on the Mediterranean. It is also known as the French Riviera



Video- Macy's Thanksgiving day parade: Giant balloons fill the streets of New York



Video, Photo: ‘White History Month’ Parade Sign Offends In North Carolina Town


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Man, NC is hitting the bottom of the barrel these days. h/t TPM.

HOPE MILLS, N.C. -The Hope Mills Fourth of July parade is drawing criticism after an entry had racist overtones.

According to parade watchers and photos, at least two tractors had big Confederate battle flags behind them. One tractor was also pulling a trailer of watermelons.

A sign on the trailer read, "White History Month" followed by, "HUG WTE PPL."

Some parade watchers said they were not bothered by other signs on other tractors that read, "I didn't vote for Obama" and "God loves rednecks."

Kenny Bullock, Director of Parks and Recreation for Hope Mills, is responsible for organizing the parade. He said he received complaints about the signs. Mayor Jackie Warner, and town Commissioners Jerry Legge and Pat Edwards said they also received complaints. The town's other elected officials could not be reached Friday.



ExxonMobil accused of anti-gay hiring bias #LGBT


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 I snapped this one in a store at Quincy Market

Yesterday in my post PhotOH! On the streets of Boston: An important message for Congress, written in chalk, I shared one of the two most gripping moments I had in the two days I spent in the wonderful, awe-inspiring city of Boston.

Here, as promised, is the second one. We had just stepped outside our hotel when we heard loud shouting by what sounded like a crowd of people. My first instinct was to look around to see if another tragedy was about to occur, but that only lasted a second or two, because the images below are what quickly appeared before my own very eyes.

It was exhilarating. I'd never been this close up and personal to something like this, and I couldn't stop smiling. The smiles I got in return made the experience that much more rewarding:

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Then today, still floaty and optimistic from sweet memories of that event, I woke up to this bubble bursting news in my morning Los Angeles Times:

Consider two fictitious female job candidates with nearly identical resumes, both vying for an administrative assistant position, one with better grades and a history of volunteering for a gay rights group.

At oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, hiring managers allegedly chased after the less qualified prospect while ignoring the applicant linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to a charge filed against the company Wednesday.

The complaint from nonprofit LGBT worker advocacy group Freedom to Work and law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, filed in the Illinois Department of Human Rights, accuses Exxon of discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

The group alleged that the candidate who volunteered for a feminist college group and earned a 3.9 grade-point average in college received more call-backs than the applicant with a 3.98 GPA and served as treasurer of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Please follow the link for more.


What happens when a city-sponsored parade is privatized? LGBT groups get banned.


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(NOTE: This will be my last post of the day, but Paddy and others will be here to bring you the latest. Hopefully I'll be posting all weekend, then off for most of Monday. Thanks for all the good wishes!)

This story covers two topics that we here at TPC have been all over: Gay rights and privatization. What happens when you combine the two and privatize a formerly city-sponsored event? LGBT groups get banned.

Discrimination is alive and well in Orange County, California.

L.A. Times:

The growing friction between Vietnamese LGBT groups hoping to march in Sunday's Tet parade and resistant organizers of the Lunar New Year event has exposed a deeper cultural struggle over gay rights in Orange County's sprawling immigrant community.

For three years, LGBT activists have participated in the colorful gathering in Little Saigon, but this year — with the event shifting from city sponsorship to private hands — they have been rebuffed and quietly told to make a "sacrifice" and stay away, members said.

The silver lining?

Some LGBT members are invited to join other entries already approved to march in the parade, including the Union of Vietnamese Student Assns. of Southern California and the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce. Others intend to line Bolsa Avenue, the main thoroughfare in Little Saigon and the designated parade route, and make their presence known with signs thanking supporters.

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