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Houston Voice, June 3, 2005 - File 009. 2005-06-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1051/show/1034.

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Title Houston Voice, June 3, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 3, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^M P ^^ HOUSTON VOICE Local Lite " A Houston Pride Parade fixture for 23 years Rainbo de Klown will be at Houston Pride in spirit as he attends a wedding in Illinois By DAWN RORIE Pride just won't be the same this year without Rainbo de Klown. Every year for the past 23 years, Ricky Hurt, better known as Rainbo de Klown. has been a parade fixture, sometimes controversial, sometimes silly, always original and imaginative, Rainbo de Klown is often the talk of the town long after the parade has passed by. So, why will Rainbo de Klown be MIA at Pride 2005? "What is Rainbo going to do for Pride this year?" Hurt repeats the question, looking extremely disheartened. "Rainbo's going to a wedding; you know- one of those heterosexual weddings!" Although Hurt is excited to be heading back home to Illinois to participate in his brother's wedding, his jaw dropped when the wedding date was announced.. "I said, 'June 25th? That's Pride Day! You can't get married on Pride Day!" Pride celebrations in and around the state of Illinois should take notice: If Rainbo can't participate in his beloved Houston Pride Parade, he plans to slip away from the wedding festivities for long enough to get his Pride fix somewhere. Chicago and St. Louis are possibilities, says Hurt. "I've got to check the schedules and see if I can go." In 1981, Hurt saw his first Pride Parade. Having come from a small town in central Illinois, he had never seen anything like it. The following year. Hurt decided to participate. He had been working a side job as a clown for the past few years, and after receiving a rainbow-colored clown wig for his birthday, he had even developed a clown name: Rainbo de Klown. Rainbo de Klown made his first appearance at Houston Pride in 1982. After that, Ricky Hurt was hooked. Every year since, he has pushed the limits of the imagination to come up with new and exciting entries. One year. Hurt dressed in a clown tuxedo costume and tutu. As a finishing touch, •f) MORE INFO Houston Pride Parade 8:45 p.m. June 25 Westheimer between Woodhead and Whitney www.pridehouston.org In 2004, Ranibo de Klown celebrated Bette Midler (Photo by Dalton DeHart) he stuffed inflated balloons underneath his shirt as breasts. Parade officials did not find his balloon-breasts amusing. As Hurt suddenly blossomied into womanhood, the head of the parade insisted that Hurt pop the balloons because comic drag was not considered polite parade fare at the time. "I popped them, but I wasn't happy about it," says Hurt. Hoping to change Parade rules about comedy drag, he began working on the Pride Committee, eventually becoming the Pride Parade Chair. In 1988, the Garden Party, an anything-goes drag ensemble ("Think guys in beards and dresses," says Hurt), took part in the parade. "Before then, you could only march if you were a 'pretty' drag queen," explains Hurt. Going as Bette During his time on the Pride Committee, Hurt continued to create his infamous parade entries. His most famous entry was a spoof of Bette Midler's Delores Delago act. Hurt dressed in a mermaid costume and was pushed down Westheimer in a shopping cart by a man in a banana suit. The next day, his picture was in the paper and on the local TV news. Hurt recalls that his most controversial entry started out as a perfectly innocuous idea: a clown lounging in a martini glass. "The clown's name was Mickey in de Martini Glass," Hurt says. It was a trick In 2003, Rainbo de Klown celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) costume, with Hurt's feet coming out at the bottom of the "martini glass" so that he could walk down the parade route. The entourage that would accompany the martini-clown consisted of a giant styrofoam tequila bottle, a giant saltshaker, and someone dressed as a giant cup of coffee ("The designated driver," explains Hurt.) The only thing missing was the slice of lime. The night before the parade. Hurt found a shy, quiet guy at E.J.'s who said he'd like to be in the parade. "I don't know what happened the next day," remembers Hurt. "I put the costume on him, and he came alive!" Hurt demonstrates how a slice-of-lime costume would fit on anyone silly enough to agree to wear such a thing. He shows O RICKY HURT (Rainbo de Klown) Age: 54 Home: Houston Hobbies: making costumes; and researching GLBT history Pets: no pets (but used to have a male dog named "Miss Thang") Partner Status: I've had many and am still looking for one." how the top of the lime slice would swoop forward and down, over the wearer's head, while the bottom of the lime slice swoops up and forward, right at the wearer's, well, midsection. "You can just imagine," he laughs. As Hurt walked along in his martini- clown getup, completely unaware of what was happening with the condiments in his entourage, the naughty slice of lime leapt and frolicked, gyrating and thrusting his way up the entire parade route. Over the next few days. Hurt says he was flooded with calls and letters of complaint. When he is not designing costumes and creating interesting characters, Hurt is an activist for various causes. Over the years, he has participated in protests of all kinds. From AIDS awareness to general gay rights issues, "I've done sit-ins, stand-ins, walks, marches, and rallies," says Hurt. One issue of particular interest to Hurt is "bandit signs". Those are the illegally placed signs that find their way onto utility poles, stop sign posts, and pretty much anywhere else they can be posted. Some scream "Lose weight now!" while others offer jobs or advertise for auto insurance. Hurt feels that beautifying Houston and getting rid of bandit signs is a two- part effort. He is working to push legislators to strengthen the penalties against those who violate sign ordinances. Meanwhile, he feels that it is up to all Houstonians to send the violators a message. It only takes a minute to pull down a few signs and trash them, he says. "Why have all these beautiful trees and plants and things that our state is paying for, only to have it trashed up with signs?" he asks. From activism, to bungee jumping at the Westheimer Street Festival while dressed as Bette Midler and self-discovery through several days in the woods at Fairy Camp, Ricky Hurt truly has some amazing stories to tell. "Life is an adventure," he says. "Let your hair grow- even if you don't have any—and just enjoy what's out there!"
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