The “Taste of Arlington” (Virginia) was bigger than ever, but charged $15 admission. Tickets were issued for alcohol, but food could be bought with cash. Food concessions were cheaper than at many festivals (offsetting the admission).
This event was perhaps “Gay pride for dogs” (or maybe Straight pride for dogs). I never saw so many dogs at an event, who would be more interested in each other than in all the people (although they did want the food — as a dog onetime begged me for some hamburger at Gay Pride in DC). Some of DC’s gay community (Cobalt, Town, Freddie’s, etc.) did seem to be around. I didn’t see an HRC pavilion, which might have been a good idea.
The area started farther south on Wilson Blvd than in the past, that is, just past where the Ballston Quarter is being re-constructed. It extended almost to Virginia Square.
There was a climbing pole and some basket-court games. The MLB Washington Nationals (who won today in Atlanta, breaking a 4-gane losing streak) had a major pavilion and advertised their new Visa card.
Something bizarre happened when I got the wristband wrapped on. “I’ll watch out for the hair”, the salesperson said, dispassionately, almost as if a character in “Twin Peaks”. That’s never been said even at Town. Last time was an “iv-critic” back in 1998 in the hospital in Minneapolis after surgery for my broken hip accident.
(Posted: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM EDT)