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JIM DEVA PLAZA

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I visited my BFF BRENT this week and he wanted to check out the new Jim Deva Plaza.  It is located in the heart of the gay village on Davie & Bute Street.  They have done a great job, and it really does look amazing.  A few years ago there were some picnic tables set up there, and they didn't go over well with one of the local businesses... who felt the people hanging out in the area, plus the loss of parking were both costing them business.  I think this more permanent space will attract a better crowd. HOWEVER... There is already some graffiti tagged on the huge pink & turquoise megaphone sculpture... so I guess time will tell... anyway, we enjoyed it.




We have grown some massive tomato plants on our balcony this year... HUGO A GO-GO has been tending to them lovingly, and now we are ready to reap the benefits... all sorts of different kinds of tomatoes.  We are going to have a bumper crop!  You say tomato, we say FABULOUS!



We found some more photos of us in the local papers and on line... We get so psyched when we find one... I am now updating our PRESS page on our official website www.ebears.ca... We noticed that photos for prides past are used in all sorts of promos on TB shows like Shaw  GO!  



PRESS Vancouver Sun Pride Parade 2016

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VANCOUVER SUN @ 2016 PRIDE PARADE


VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE 2016

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Yesterday was the 37th annual VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE!  HUGO A GO-GO & I had the privilege of marching again in the parade (for the 8th year in a row) along side POSITIVE LIVING SOCIETY.  This year our outfits were both very large, and very very PINK!  The day started out at my BFF BRENT'S apartment... our inflatable flamingo costumes were much too large to attempt to ride on the Skytrain with them at full size.  We found out Brent's place was too small as well so we ended up getting dressed in the lobby of his building...LOL  Too hysterical!  


After getting it all together we had a little time before the parade so we walked through the gay village, carefully maneuvering down the sidewalks without a mishap.   All went well, with no explosions lol, and we met up with everyone about an hour before parade time.  We had our photos taken a whole bunch of times, by both passers-by and the press.  We have a photo in the Vancouver Sun today, as well as Vancity Buzz.  Brent watched the parade on television and said he saw us coming from a mile away.  The weather started out overcast and ended up sunny and hot... we BOTH got a bit sun burnt.  The parade itself was amazing... and it was the first time we had a sitting PRIME MINISTER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, marching in it.  He brought his entire family, and though we didn't get to see him this year, we DID meet him the last time he walked in the parade.  They looked like they were having a blast...Sophie looked FABULOUS... with their youngest son asleep in his stroller through most of it.  


The parade itself went on without a hitch, no issues or anyone trying to disrupt it... just a perfect day all around.  By the time we reached the end of the parade at Sunset Beach (where the festival was being held) we were exhausted.  We wandered around the beach for a while and then headed back up the hill to take the Skytrain home... We took a break as we deflated out flamingos (which may people kept calling SWANS, including the reporter from the Vancouver Sun  lol)  and many who passed us commented on how much they loved our costumes...even MISS JOAN E, a famous local drag queen who was on air doing a live broadcast, said WE were HER favorite!  A glowing endorsement indeed.     








out & about

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HUGO A GO-GO found this great orange plastic curtain at the Sally Anne... it fits into our decor perfectly... (tacky)

Boudoir photos???



It is PRIDE week, and in honor of it, HUGO A GO-GO has donned a fabulous orange, palm tree print sarong to celebrate... and cope with the high temps and humidity here in the lower mainland... there is supposed to be some clouds and cooler weather over the weekend, so it should be great for the VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE.  I made some changes to my costume so it will make it easier to maneuver during the parade that is taking place on Sunday.  Our costumes are more complex and cumbersome than anything we have ever worn before, so I wanted to make sure it will all work out for the parade.  We will be getting all decked out at our BFF Brent's place, as he lives in YALETOWN, near where we have to meet PLS (Positive Living Society)  We chose to march with them this year.  Every year we choose an organization we support, and PLS is where HUGO A GO-GO used to work.  They are a great group, and we are very pleased to walk with them in this years parade....


The Census people knocked on our door today, saying they never received our form (even though we filled it and sent it in over a month ago)  HUGO A GO-GO freaked out because I was literally BUCK NAKED when they knocked on our door... and he was only in his sexy, revealing orange sarong...LOL  I thew on a tank top (backwards) and answered the door... They asked the usual invasive questions... name, birth date, income... everything that was TOTALLY none of their business... we were in the middle of lunch when they banged on or door... and HUGO A GO-GO wasn't having it... but I stood their, half naked,  answering all the same questions we had already answered in the form we mailed in...talk about a total BUZZ KILL... not to mention they ruined a perfectly good lunch!    


So I figured out how to get my huge, inflatable flamingo costume to hang on me without having to hold on to the thing during the entire parade... without giving too much away, our costume have elements that I have not had to deal with in past years...  So it has been a challenge to figure out how to make the whole thing work, and not have to sacrifice any of our "accessories" in the process... I think I figured out how to wire the whole thing together... TONIGHT we are skipping the Davie Street Party... we had every intention of going but with all the stuff we had to get ready for the parade, we just weren't able to fit it in... Tonight we bought a box of wine... and getting ourselves prepped for Sunday's VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE.  That's what you call "keepin' it classy"...lol CHEERS!      

GAY RAINBOWS EVERYWHERE!

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Everyone here is gearing up for this weeks VANCOUVER PRIDE 2016 festivities.  The West End, or "gay villages" as it called, is literally covered with rainbows... the businesses really do a great job of getting into the spirit of the celebration.  We came in to see if we could pick up some wrist bands for the Davie Street Party on Friday night, but apparently they are only available on line. WTF? I think most of the event is free but to get into the beer gardens you need a wrist band... I guess we will get one at the party...


We have our costumes organized and are making last minute adjustments.  We have never worn anything quite so LARGE before, so the mechanics of the outfit has to be perfect... especially to walk the entire length of the parade AND all around the gay village afterwards... We are really excited this year to march in the parade... this is our 9th year walking in it.  HUGO A GO-GO walked in the PRIDE parades in Hollywood, California... I had never marched before... and had only been to 1 pride...LOL  It is going to be a blast.  We've come a long way baby!    



The Pride picnic that WASN'T...

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Every year we have attended the Vancouver Pride Picnic at Brockton Oval... so we checked the date, JULY 24th "Pride Walk and Picnic in Stanley Park"  I was up at the butt-crack-of-dawn making our big picnic lunch, got out all the rainbow stuff, packed it all up and headed out to the event... only one problem... IT WASN'T THERE!!!  WTF???  HUGO A GO-GO thought maybe I had the wrong date & time... or that I read it wrong on the Pride website... So we are now home and I re-checked the website... date right... location right... but no picnic.  Did I segway into a parallel universe???  I am STILL confused... and PISSED!  I know we are a bit out of the loop since moving out to New West, but you would think there would have been more info online.  I noticed that it is all a bit vague about the picnic itself as there is also a fun run/walk before hand... they said it started at Sunset Beach... We stopped there after driving all the way around Stanley Park looking for the event.  NOTHIN'!  We decided to spread out our rainbow blanket and have our own little picnic anyway...



UPTOWN LIVE! 2016 New Westminster, B.C.

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MUSIC... GREAT FOOD... BOOZE... and fabulous weather... that is what makes up a fun festival!  The UPTOWN LIVE in New Westminster had EVERYTHING!  HUGO A GO-GO & I had a great time today at this event just a few blocks from our place.  We were shocked at the sheer amount of people attending... but the weather was absolutely perfect for it.  We wandered around the festival checking out all the booths and vendors... we decided to support one of the local food trucks for lunch and tried something completely different.... a French brioche truck called "C'est si bon" (we thought of Eartha Kit who sang the song) We had a triple slider platter  (chicken, beef and veggie) with a side of "pommes duphine" (a deep fried mash potato fritter) DE-LICIOUS!  The veggie slider had goat cheese on it... and HUGO A GO-GO thought we were actually going to eat goat-meat with cheese...lol so silly... had to laugh at that when he looked so horrified when I ordered it.  After our nosh we headed off to the beer garden and drank a few STEEL & OAK, a local brewery's hop ciders... really hit the spot.  We sat for a while and listened to a couple of great bands and met some cool people... and then decided to head back home.  I had to get all the picnic stuff ready for tomorrows VANCOUVER PRIDE PICNIC IN THE PARK... we missed it last year but we are determined to make it this year...    




Come by... say HI!

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BLAST from the past @ VANCOUVER PRIDE PICNIC in the PARK.  This photo appeared in the COURIER Newspaper a few years back. The picnic is tomorrow (Sunday July 24th). We are going to be there with our colours on.  If you are at the picnic stop by and say HI!


The Plaza dedicated to the late JIM DEVA is supposed to be ready for next weeks VANCOUVER PRIDE.  It is looking fabulous!!!



And some random pics taken over the past few days...



THIS was buzzing around our apartment yesterday evening....





RIBFEST 2016 in PORT MOODY, B.C.

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When we heard about the "RIBFEST BBQ" event that was taking place Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, how could we NOT go???  I mean, who doesn't love a good BBQ.... a vegan I suppose. lol  It was another cloudy, humid day here on the west coast... basically been this way all summer.  Perfect for an outdoor festival.  The first thing we had to do (besides dodge all the freaks playing POKEMON GO) was to grab some award winning grub.  We had a brisket sandwich and a cob of buttery corn.  DAMN it was delicious!  After we inhaled that we wandered around the park checking out all the booths and displays. I was wearing a "bear cap" and one of the vendors said "Do you want to see the fur of a real bear?"  There was a dead animal skin lying on the table. HUGO A GO-GO said " I have a bear right here" as he was pointing to ME!  The guy didn't get it...lol  Then we stopped at another tent that was painting blocks... so of course, we just HAD to paint one too... HUGO  A GO-GO put "SMILE" on his and I put "BBQ" (how original) on mine... it was fun.  We walked around a bit more and wound up at the beer garden for a cider.  It wasn't all that crowded, and it was nice to just chill and people watch.  There was a dog tied up outside the beer garden that just fell in LOVE with HUGO A GO-GO...  We strolled around a bit more, down to the pier which was at the end of the park...and met a cute couple while we were sitting at a bench... They were both really sweet (and bisexual, we found THAT out after telling them we had just gotten married) It was great meeting them... I'm sure we will bump into them again at another festival.  By the time we finished chatting they had walked us to the exit of the park... The first event of 3 we have planned for this weekend.  Tomorrow it the UPTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL here in New West, and then Sunday is the VANCOUVER PRIDE PICNIC IN THE PARK... hopefully we will make it all 3!



RIBFEST

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