“You can’t help getting older but you don’t have to get old.” That line by George Burns, who lived to be 100, speaks to staying young, no matter your age. Bunnies on the Bayou turned 40 this Easter and proved to be as wild and as much fun as numbers 1 through 39. No middle age crisis here!
BOTB hopped over to Sesquicentennial Park this year, and featured bears in harnesses, twinks with floppy ears, lesbians with fluffy tails, and everything in between. And yes, there were large, fabulous, flamboyant, outrageous Easter bonnets, just like the first soirée that was held in a Montrose resident’s backyard in 1979.
The city’s largest annual cocktail party had refreshing adult potations that were served by the many volunteers, some in varying degrees of clothing (thank you). The VIP section featured a fully equipped Pasta Station by David Alcorta Catering that included Fusilli and Penne Pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce, a classic Caesar salad, and pulled pork sliders. We witnessed several guests go back for seconds. Names have been withheld to protect the indulgers.
No self-respecting LGBTQ event is complete without an after party and BOTB 40 did not disappoint. Rich’s played host to the throngs of revelers seeking to cool off from a long afternoon in the Houston sun. A shuttle was the preferred means of transportation to the packed San Jacinto Street destination.
Bunnies on the Bayou, Inc. is a 501(c)3, all volunteer organization dedicated to the raising and distributing of funds for various charitable, educational and cultural programs that seek to improve the quality of life and promote education and awareness of human rights for individuals in the Houston LGBT community,” reads the organizations website.
Beneficiaries for 2019 include: AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.; Bayou City Performing Arts; The Dalton DeHart Photographic Foundation, Inc.; HATCH Youth; Houston Pride Band; Lazarus House; Lesbian Health Initiative; M.E.N. Inc.; Out For Education; The Pet Patrol; SPRY Senior Diner; Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit; Thomas Street Patient Services Corp.; The T.R.U.T.H. Project; and the University of Houston LGBTQ Alumni