The 5th Annual Proudmoore Pride Parade is at noon server time on Saturday June 20, 2009!
The Concept As a dear friend recently reminded me, there are really only two types of people in the world: ones that entertain, and pretty much everyone else. For the 5th Annual Proudmoore Pride Parade, we are actively encouraging everyone to put themselves in the former category. As such, we're modeling Pride this year to be much like real life pride celebrations with contests, prizes, and most importantly, pride floats!
The Parade Route We are following our traditional parade route with a few additions this year. We start off by putting the camp back in Camp Taraujo as our starting point this year.
The Go Girl honor float will leave from Camp Taraujo in the Barrens at noon sharp to head north toward Crossroads. The other floats will depart behind the Go Girl float every 40 seconds or so, so arrange to meet your float folks IN Camp Taraujo to have your group picture taken, and line up for float departure.
Remember, every float is automatically entered into the Float Contest, and people watching will vote online for the best float, so please make sure your float is ready to roll out when called.
The parade will continue north from Camp Taraujo toward Crossroads. The final PvP battle for the Nude Duel Tournament will take place at 12:20 alongside the parade route near the bridge north of Camp Taraujo. Please assist War Taint Sek-uridy by standing clear of the designated duel area (a mound of land to the left of the road directly left after that first bridge).
Our Alliance friends will be arriving from a jog from Theramore to meet us just southeast of Crossroads, then we all head to Ratchet to board the boat, which we traditionally crash . After we've shipped everyone to Booty Bay from Ratchet, join us on the aquatic dancefloor for dancing, frivolity, another contest, a craft fair, and photo ops!
Seksi Seh-kurridy! <War Taint> War Taint Tainters are dressing all in black to, um, service parade goers this year. If you are low level and need an escort past mean Barrens critters, or fall behind and need a summons or assistance, seek out one of these sexy ninjas of niceness. War Tainters will also provide no-PvP reminders, arrange teleports and transportation for those that lag behind. If you are in War Taint and would like to help, please ping Maraboo.
Crafty Bitches Craft Faire At the end of the Pride Parade there is going to be a Craft Faire in the Booty... Bay. Grand Master Professionals will be there to service you for your crafting needs. There will be Grand Masters in Jewelcrafting, Tailoring, Enchanting, Alchemy, Inscription, Lockpicking, Cooking, Leatherworking, Engineering, and Blacksmithing. Check the forums if you'd like to sign up and volunteer your uber Grand Master skills. This is BYOMB: Bring Your Own Mats, Bitches!
The Floats Create! Tainters are invited to create their own float concepts based on humor, respect, Taint and/or GLBT history, amusing memes, or just pure randomness. You must register your float concept with Bigheadben via email at bigheadben[deleteme]@[deleteme]gmail.com. The registration deadline is Wednesday June 17.
We'll be announcing float concepts so keep an eye on the News and Taint forums for calls for marchers! We'll also have a contest for best float as determined by user vote with fun prizes. See more about our contests below.
Participate! More of a follower? We've already created a few float concepts and as more are announced, feel free to join one or more. Please be sure you understand the concept and are able to support the theme in whatever way is asked by the float concept creator.
Our honorary float, which will lead the procession, is our Go Girl! float. This float, led by the lovable Tetu aka Michelle, honors and celebrates all of the female (and feminine-identified) Proudmoore players.
Any female or female identified player is invited to parade with Go Girl! and for those Tainters wanting to show support, Tetu is currently looking for Tainters with "side car" mounts (the mechano hog or the mammoth mount) to honor escort/chaffeur our lady players. To find out more and/or sign up for the honorary Go Girl! float, please see Tetu or visit our forums.
Here are a few float concepts already in progress.
The GO GIRL Float: Just as "Dykes on Bikes" leads the San Francisco Pride Parade, the GO GIRL float occupies pride-of-place at the head of the procession this year, with a special, escorted Walk of Honor from Camp Taraujo to Crossroads. The lovely Tetu will be the marshal for this float.
Priests With Pom Poms: We've got nerfed spirit, yes we do! We've got spirit and so will you! An elite cadre of priests is needed to line the path between Camp Taraujo and Crossroads to honor, /salute, and bedazzle the parade path for the Go Girl float. Priest with Pom Poms will light the way with fireworks, Hymns of Hope, Lightwells, and smiles for our honorary float. This visual effect is also an important part of our post-Pride video. Bigheadben is organizing Priests with Pom Poms.
>8< Spider Pride!: Limiting Pride to those with two legs is so, uh, arachnophobic. Screw that. Anyone with a spider pal (a hunter or those with spider vanity pets) are welcome to join this float as it skitters from Camp Taraujo to Ratchet and hopefully, for the contest win. Please contact Bigheadben to register for this float.
Gordok Orge Float: Join the ten tons of fun lumbering along. Zuelanti is the dumpy diva for this hot mess.
The Bunny Float: Be transformed into a bunny, wear your bunny ears. . .whatever it takes. Please see Maleck/Eyllena/ Hierophant for more info.
Those are a few of the floats already registered. To register your float concept, contact bigheadben at gmail.com. The deadline for float registration is June 15th.
Contest 1: Whatever Votes Your Float Much like real life Pride celebrations, we'll be breaking up our parade into distinct floats and are having a contest to encourage Tainters to create their own float concepts, the most popular of which will be determined by a post-Parade vote online.
Center your concept around a race, a class, a profession, a popular meme, an amusing Taint in-guild joke, or whatever you think will get the most giggles, cheers, and most importantly, votes. Each participant on the winning float will get a Frostweave Bag (that’s a 20-slot!) and a way too cute n cuddly Ally-side pet!
Contest 2: Nude Duel Championship We'll strip you of everything but your pride! This elimination-style contest in which you are allowed a simple hand weapon, your dignity, and little else, is currently determining who will be the final top two duelers, who will then duke it out during the Pride Parade. The winner will receive his or her very own Mechano Hog!
The battles have begun. Each round winner will be posted as the elimination process brings us closer to the first Nude Duel Champion!
Contest 3: Azeroth's Next Top Model A post-parade contest: Strut your stuff for our judges and claim the catwalk as your own! Individual Tainters are invited to create a short, inventive, clever runway routine to amaze and impress onlookers, and our celebrity judges, to become the Spreading Taint's Top Model. The winner will be in the final closing shot of our Pride 2009 video and have eternal bragging rights as Azeroth's First Top Model! So start sewing, shopping, and whateva else you need to do cause... you'd betta WORK!
Rough Trade Radio! It isn't Pride without classic, campy queer tunes, and girl, we are bringing it! We're using Pride to launch Rough Trade Radio, a streaming preset selection of Pride songs with a shout out station ID from a surprise guest.
Tainter for Today Guild We are encouraging you to invite friends from other guilds, other servers, and friends who've never played WoW before. We've created a guest guild for the day <Tainter for Today> so that your guests can enjoy our lovely guild chat. Please have your guests look for Krimon the morning of the parade for an invite.
The Pride Video We've got a professional shooting FRAP footage this year to assemble what we hope to be a smoking, official 2009 Proudmoore Pride video. As such, we have a team of people shooting various scenes, float shots, and more.
Tips for an Awesome Pride
No Pvp please! We traditionally have a heckler or two, and this year should be no exception. Do not engage in PvP during this event please.
LAAAAG! It is gonna happen. You can help by lowering your own settings and either refraining from, or only judiciously using, big sparkly AOE effects.
omg im SO excited! i think i may have another float concept also! well, looks like i better head to WC.. *thats your only clue* this pride is going to be super awesome. i cant wait! you guys are really outdoing yourselves this year! also.. june 15 is a monday... so is the deadline the 17th?
elro (80) - SEMI-RETIRED. Tauren tree hugger who heals and growls slader (80) - RETIRED. Crontab (leveling) - orc shaman - Master of da elements! Netstat (leveling) leveling orc rogue who does it best from behind. Crackedout (80) - dead priest who melts faces Emest - my alliance bitch on another server so I don't end up killing any of your bitches.
remember kids, if you have friends who wanna roll an alt and be looped in with the love that is Taint guild chat (for a few hours anyway), have them look for Krimon on the morning of Pride for invite. and please let them know that this guild goes away after pride. . .
Here are the current floats that are in the work. If you have your own idea for a float and want to add it to the list, register it with Bigheadben via email at bigheadben at gmail.com. The registration deadline is Wednesday June 17.
To get involved with one of the existing floats, just sign up in the thread or talk the the float Marshal.
If you are a non-Taint float (ie: other guild, other server, other faction) and want your float listed here, send me a private message and I'll add you to the list.