Love is in the Air (and in the Water) at the NYC Pride Parade 2015


This year’s NYC Pride Parade was exceptionally jubilant, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage be legalized across the United States. The weather was dismal at first, but the revelers were out in full force.


The street fair that followed boasted several booths of companies sponsoring the parade and joining in the celebrations with giveaways and handouts- a smash hit being the collapsible, flexible, reusable water bottle, like this Anti-Bottle from Vapur, handed out by Amtrak.


From Vapur’s website:

The Anti-Bottle is a reusable water bottle designed to stand when full and can be rolled, folded or flattened when empty, making it easy to use and carry on any adventure. Unlike bulky, rigid bottles, the portable Anti-Bottle can be easily tucked away, conveniently fitting into pockets, purses and packs.

About 87% lighter than typical rigid bottles, the slim, flexible Anti-Bottle only packs water weight. It also uses less energy to make and transport than rigid bottles, so not only is the Anti-Bottle light on your load, its environmental impact is also pretty “lite.”

We were thrilled to see Amtrak along with several other businesses sharing eco-friendly souvenirs to commemorate the day!

Flag image by Flickr user Adrian Cabrero. Parade-goers image by Flickr user Atomische*Tom Giebel.

Keelie's creative mind was forged in the camp fires of a nomadic troupe that eventually settled in New York's Adirondack mountains. She spent her childhood hunting and gathering with her sisters and learning to Irish step dance. Keelie grew up to be a NYC-based performer, director, writer, photographer and arts educator. She's a 2016 Mitchell Scholar and is looking forward to serving as an ambassador in the field of theatre while studying at Trinity College, Dublin, sponsored by the US Ireland Alliance. Keelie holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and a BA in Theatre/ English from SUNY Empire State College. Her interests include anything edible, making her muscles grow, not looking like a tourist when she travels and keeping the earth healthy. Follow along at: .