Last year, the owners of several gay bars along Cedar Springs Avenue joined forces to create a more "family friendly" parade. In addition to adding a "Family PRIDE Zone" to Lee Park, where kids could safely avoid drunk people and get their faces painted, the Dallas Tavern Guild announced that they would impose a new dress code parade participants - no one was allowed to wear underwear on a parade float, "overexposed" female breasts with pasties on the nipples were no longer allowed, even though both had been okay at previous Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parades.
The decision ruffled feathers, most notably former Dallas Voice editor John Wright. Wright alleged that the Voice fired him for bringing negative publicity to the ban on displays of sexuality, which publisher Lee Cuisimano (also heavily involved in the parade) vehemently denied. Despite the outrage, the rules stood -- no naked breasts, no visible penises, and no exposed asses.More »