Seattle held Gay Pride this weekend (and the gods blessed our city with weather in the 90°s), and I think that a fun time was held by all.
There was one odd moment when the parade stopped many blocks south of us for more than 30 minutes and no one knew why, and many of the throng gave up and moved on to the Seattle Center (Space Needle) figuring that — in the Seattle passive-aggressive way — maybe it just ended.
As it turned out Black Lives Matters blocked the parade to protest the deadly and horrific shooting of Charleena Lyles… but no one knew further north along the route knew why the parade was stopped, there were no announcements. One person nearby who checked Twitter told us what had happened while another said sardonically that they were guessing that the parade was blocked by religious nuts (who were indeed preaching brimstone and hellfire).
I’m not sure how effective of a strategy the BLM protest was as none of the thousands of people downstream knew about it. To Seattle’s credit no one seemed angry about it, everyone shrugged and moved on.
The second festival today was the delicious Lamb Jam, where a handful of Seattle-area restaurants had a throw-down, lamb barbecue cook-off. It was a judged competition:
- Hickory smoked lamb sliders
- Lamb Brunswick stew
- Smoked leg of lamb with balsamic BBQ sauce
- Gochujang glazed lamb grilled on charcoal with perilla Kimchi and house-made yogurt
- Charred plum lamb shoulder
- Fenugreek roasted lamb, cury pesto & herbs.
I gotta say, eating 6 (small) distinctly different plates of barbecue might be the best way to die. If my lifeless body is found tomorrow, Scissorheads, know I died with a fully tummy and a smile on my face.
My favorite entry was the Brunswick stew, and if it had been a more typical Seattle weather day, it probably would have won the competition. It was served with a crisp, grilled, slightly sweet cornbread crouton; the combo knocked my socks off.
The winner was the Fenugreek roasted lamb, which was delicious and was served distinctly cold.
There’s a lesson here: strategy is everything as these two events showed us.