GETTING THAT WORLD PRIDE FEELING IN NEW YORK CITY

June 30th was the World Pride Day parade here in New York City .

I was never interested in attending this parade when it was the Gay Pride parade.

It wasn’t that I didn’t care about Gay Rights, but I’m not going to get political because that isn’t what 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams is all about.

I was a participating as a volunteer marcher.

Yes, I walked the length of the parade route from 33rd street all the way down to Christopher Street , past the Stonewall Bar, where 50 years ago, the Stonewall Riots took place.

Stonewall is now a historical landmark by the way.

Now if you know New York City , you know that when the streets no longer have numbers, but letters and names , it’s a long way.

But my friends and I had a great time marching and throwing out pucks that said, ‘Hockey Is For Everyone” and waving to the happy people who lined the streets of New York City , even though it was after 9pm.

Wait a minute here.

You say you’re surprised that the Sports Diva was involved in something that had to do with sports?

You either don’t know me very well or are a newbie to 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams .

If sports are somehow involved , I am there!

When the NHL asked for fans of the three area hockey teans, the Rangers , Devils and Islanders to march under the banner of “You Can Play” and “Hockey Is For Everyone “, it just wasn’t the New York area hockey fans that wanted to do this, but there were fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs , Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers that were ready to tell the world that indeed , Hockey is for everyone.

By the number of high fives and a couple of “Let’s Go Devils, Rangers Suck” cheers , a lot of people along the parade route agreed.

Many of them weren’t only waving the rainbow colored flag, but they were waving the You Can Play and Hockey Is For Everyone flags.

Some of them even were waving flags with the NHL shield in rainbow colors .

It was a festive occasion and the weather was perfect even at night.

No high humidy which is rare for a summer night in New York City .

Next year, God willing , if the NHL asks for volunteers , I’m going to do it again .

SHOPPING , SHOPPING AND MORE SHOPPING AT RIDEAU CENTRE

After crossing off seeing Parliament Hill off my bucket list , the Sports Diva did something else that I love doing no matter what city the 30 Plus Teams Tour takes me.

No, it’s not traveling , eating, or going to a sporting event .

Although going to a sporting event is tied neck and neck with this.

IT’S SHOPPING !

My friend and I wanted to go to one of the largest malls in Canada , Rideau Centre Mall , which is located not far from Parliament Hill and right on one of the main streets of the city, Rideau Street.

This mall has three floors, which includes a drugstore, liquor store, and a supermarket .

I brought my Ice Wine from LBCO , which is the Liquor Board of Canada and they have a lot of stores in Ottawa.

My friend and I were in the mall for 5 hours.

That’s right, I didn’t stutter , I said we were there for 5 hours.

Besides the food court, drugstore , and admiring the Christmas decorations , we shopped in some of my favorite stores.

Forever 21, Bath and Body Works , LUSH, Sephora and a new store that’s been added to my list of stores to go into no matter if I’m doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour in Canada or United States .

It’s LIDS, which sells all types of hats with your favorite pro sports team on it.

Being the team sports apparel fashionista that I am , the Sports Diva just had to buy some new sports swag because you can never have enough hats with your favorite team splashed all over it.

Besides at 2 hats for $40, you can’t go wrong.

I wanted to buy 2 more but I can wait and check out the LIDS stores in New York and New Jersey .

Although I did turn down getting my hats embroidered with my favorite player’s name on it for $12.

That’s what team tshirts and team jerseys are for.

After a big lunch of Thai food for my friend and Chinese Dim Sum for me, it was finally time to take our packages back to the hotel.

But first a stop at the Ottawa Souvenir Store.