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Shani's Pride weekend shopping tips & misc.

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Okay, you've decided to march, or figured out where you're standing to watch Sunday's big parade and who you'll be standing with, or maybe you did a little magic to make sure you meet someone while you're out at the festivities this weekend. All of that taken care of, you look in your closet and find you've nothing but '90s grunge wear and you've decided to be a little more flashy in the fashion department. What's a person to do?

Well, you might try wandering into the enchanting environs of Pretty Parlor (located near Denny and Olive toward the bottom of Capitol Hill) and pick out something from their delish selection of suits, ties and ascots by local designer Michael Cepress, or gawgeous lingerie by other local designer Gunlis. And there's something yummy for those with either pierced or non-pierced ears (like this one's slave, who unfortunately has to work this weekend, or you'd see us out in our Pride best, honey!), as well as a grand selection of vintage hats, scarves and shoes, if you want to go all '50s or '60s a la Sandra Dee or Tippi Hedren.

Owner Anna Banana says that the store usually puts up a Pride display of items in rainbow colors, and believe me, you can see those cute petticoats from miles away. Asked if she'll be attending the festival on Broadway, she was thoughtful.

"We've always made an appearance at the Pride events, and yes, I'll probably do both the one up here and the one downtown," said Banana, with a smile as cute as her name.

Oh, and dearie, if you're one of those last-minute folks, Pretty Parlour will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., so get in there and get something chic to wear this weekend.

POOCHES & PRIDE
Then to those who might want to bring their pooches to the parade, or walk them down Broadway, maybe in an evening gown, a la Josephine Baker, or some Aubrey Beardsley icon: talking to those sweet ladies at Mud Bay Feed Store and Granary (located on Summit and Pine, and also on Broadway), they had some advice for you people.

"Short leash at the parade, and keep them hydrated, and in crowds, keep an eye on them at all times," said Sarah, who just wanted to use her first name. And asked if they intended to go to this year's Broadway festival, all three were unsure because they weren't sure if they were working or not.

"I've always stayed up on The Hill, so yes, I'll probably go to the festival," said Hannah, also using her first name, like star Cher.

"I'll probably stay on the Hill if I'm not working," added Elisa, who said she just moved to Seattle from Eastern Washington. So there you have it, advice from the experts and if you're wanting to keep your pet looking splendid, there are great collars and leashes that might even match your own outfit (and if you're part of the S/M scene, these ladies won't bat an eyelash if you want "treats" for your human "pooch").

Finally, for those who are in the scene (say you're wanting to "fly your colors" at The Cuff's annual Pride Street Party, but you're not sure which side of the spectrum you fall on, or you just want something new), The Crypt has an assortment of fun stuff, like hankies, toys and even a little guidebook for those new to the whole diaspora that is S/M, to tell you what colors you need and where you should have them (that's if your top or daddy hasn't already established that for you). Located on 11th and Pine, near Purr, a great place to start your weekend, or if you meet someone you want to bring home, the place to go to make it memorable and keep it safe. Then, maybe after all this play, or before anything, do stroll over to Cal Anderson Park, if you're a morning person, for the annual group yoga event, so you're calm enough to enjoy the weekend and calm after it's over.

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