All of the photos on this post were taken by Color and Light Photography The video below was shot and edited by Grand Illusion Films. Both have been been helping to document PoleRiders.
Here we are showing up for the parade lineup. Our papers are in order but they don't want to let us in without a demonstration. Austin Lee Dylan is on the pole and you may remember her from the Gay Pride Parade. Not only is she a pole dancer but she is also a pedicab driver and will be pedaling the trike when she isn't dancing. This means that I will be walking most of the parade. Thanks Austin Lee.
We spent forever in the lineup trying to keep warm and trying to not go crazy listing to 4 bands playing at the same time.
The cave person theme was conceived by Lian who also managed the costume design and sewing. I loved my costume and wore it to bed and the next day. The fur kept everyone relatively warm. Any animals that were used were cooked over our campfire and eaten.
We ended up rolling behind the Central Park Dance Skaters Association/ DJ Julio Estien float who provided enough sound that we had no need for our system. They run NYC's longest running party every weekend in Central Park which goes back to the 70's. In the early years before they had a DJ, everyone would bring out their boom boxes and tune in to KTU or BLS simultaneously stopping to switch stations when ads came on. Pauli is still out there tending bar out of his panniers and talking about the revolution.
Austin Lee Dylan
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