PIEDMONT PARK: WHAT PEOPLE SAY VS REALITY
Anytime there is a gay event that draws large crowds of gay men and women the stereotypes are sure to fly. Add the City of Atlanta to the mix and what you get is something much more spiteful. I had never been to Piedmont park but from what I had heard from many other gay men I had expected nothing short of anarchy. Although what I experienced was the exact opposite.
I had heard that there would be lots of j-setting and fighting with the occasion of mace and perhaps worse. What I witnessed were gay men and women doing what most people do enjoying themselves. The atmosphere was very friendly and all the people I met were very cordial. I was surprised by the number of children present but it makes sense since many gay men and women are parents and probably wanted to share the park experience with their children.
The crowd for the most part was laid back and relaxed. Music was playing, people were BBQ’n, and some people were walking their pets. The atmosphere reminded me of black family reunions but on a much larger scale of course and with a lot more colorful hair and clothing choices.
I did see a few possible spats from people bumping into each other on accident but nothing ever serious came of that.
I can honestly say that my park experience was a lot of fun. I got to do my favorite thing in the world which is people watch. Not to judge but just to observe humanity at work.
I guess the main idea of this story is Pride and Piedmont park are a lot like life. It’s something you have to experience for yourself and whether or not its negative depends a lot upon the person viewing it.
Hope everyone is enjoying themselves at Black Gay Pride Atlanta 2010!