Today Austin hosted the 31st annual Pride Festival and Parade!

As last year, the festival was held at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse Segovia St.

As everyone knows, Austin is a weird city. I am gratefful to the Weird City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for posing in the lead photo. Thanks especially to Sister Serena Severe, at left in the photo.

Quoting from their website, “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, founded in San Francisco in 1979, have become a worldwide movement, with orders of queer nuns springing up across the planet fighting for the promulgation of omniversal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. The Weird City Sisters are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of Austin, founded June 2012.” The group raises funds for fellow LGBTQ-oriented charities. Please support them:

There were many vendors there today as well. Pictured here is Britt Rodriguez from PrideBox. They sell tons of fun stuff at their website

And the stage was going non-stop with performances from many artists (mostly in drag). One of these lovely and outrageous entertainers is shown here, waving the gay flag.


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By Dr. Cliff Cunningham

Dr. Cliff Cunningham is a planetary scientist, the acknowledged expert on the 19th century study of asteroids. He is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. He serves as Editor of the History & Cultural Astronomy book series published by Springer; and Associate Editor of the Journal of Astronomical History & Heritage. Asteroid 4276 in space was named in his honour by the International Astronomical Union based in the recommendation of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Cunningham has written or edited 15 books. His PhD is in the History of Astronomy, and he also holds a BA in Classical Studies.