Moments after the horn, they are off to begin their 5K or 10K run up Santa Monica Boulevard. As soon as the last have turned the corner, the volunteers have placed the finish tape up beneath the balloons. Three rows are set up for the returning runners to pass through as they approach the finish.
The Abbey employees are a stark contrast in their black jeans and tee shirts, dressed more for evening than early morning.
The weather proves to be the most temperate for an LA Pride that I can remember.
The parade was pleasant, not overly long (and not even as scandalous as say, a Tailhook convention).
I get a free tee shirt from the shirtless hunk selling a rainbow assortment of jello shots as I pass Basix Cafe. They have Skyy Vodka in them, I think (I've never have and hopefully never will have, a jello shot).
The Celebration of Life for Jon Drew Mercer will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15th, at Hollywood Forever.