Saturday was the 8th annual Proudmoore Pride celebration on the Proudmoore-US World of Warcraft server. Proudmoore Pride is an LGBTQ pride celebration hosted by The Spreading Taint (Horde) and The Stonewall Family (Alliance). I heard about it on Fox Van Allen’s WoW Insider article, 8th annual LGBT Proudmore Pride celebration to be held this weekend, and decided to check it out. I recorded the event and posted the highlights as a video on YouTube that you can see above.
According to the official site, there was a parade followed by a dance party in Booty Bay. There were bits and pieces about some other things, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I rolled a new troll priest on the server, and Mooglegem created a new troll mage. Then we headed to the parade start location.
Here we’re organizing at the Mor’Shan Ramparts on the Ashenvale border of the Northern Barrens for the start of the parade. Apparently they always organize characters by the color of their gear. My skin was blue, and my starter robe was greenish. I just took off the robe and went in the blue group because Moogle was definitely blue. In the screenshot, you can see us in the center with the purple group behind us, the green in front of us, and the red further up and to the left.
Here you can see Moogle and me marching in the blue group. I’m the troll in the center with the white hair, and Moogle is the troll to the left of my character (on my character’s right) with the red hair.
When we reached Ratchet, we merged with the Alliance parade that was marching from Honor’s Stand in the Southern Barrens.
It was a crowded boat! This was pretty cool honestly. Sadly, I didn’t get a screenshot when the rainbow was up! There were so many people that by the time Moogle’s computer loaded, she was back in Ratchet. She completely missed Booty Bay on the first trip.
Finally, the dance party in Booty Bay! It was odd thinking of Booty Bay as a safe place. I’m definitely not used to PVE servers. Most of the party was on the water itself. Unfortunately, a level one character can’t join a raid group to get a Death Knight’s Path of Frost and is too low level to have Water Walking. I was stuck up here on the dry land.
The Spreading Taint has a bunch of guilds and created a temporary guild for the event called Taint for a Day. They use a mod called GreenWall to merge the guild chats. I’ve heard of this before but never used it. It works really well.
Taint had drawings for prizes that included pets and other items. They also had a second drawing for a chance to attend their heroic Madness of Deathwing kill for the title, Savior of Azeroth, and mount, Life-Binder’s Handmaiden. I didn’t enter because my main wasn’t on that server. Maybe I should have entered the second drawing and then server-transferred if I won.
The Stonewall Family apparently had a parade float judging, but I don’t know anything about that. They also held a drag king / drag queen contest for guild members in Booty Bay. I wanted to at least see it, but I didn’t see much happening so I logged out. There was also a transmog contest later that day at the cathedral in Stormwind for Alliance characters, but I didn’t attend.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to attend, but I had a lot of fun. I’ll definitely check it out again next year. These types of events are fun. Hopefully I can check out more in the future. There was once a homecoming parade for veterans of the War in Northrend on an RP server, but sadly, it was on a European server. This might be a different kind of parade, but it was fun all the same!