's phone calls or emails. Pride is one of Baltimore's best festivals, hosting up to 30,000 people every year. Might a couple of them piss in alleys? Sure, I live in Mt. Vernon and see people pissing in my alley all the time--especially the straight white frat boys who get loaded at St. Patrick's Day. I'm also straight, but I love living in the so-called "gayborhood" and I feel more at home at Pride than nearly any other festival (the book festival is... well., I'm a nerdy writer who likes books). And I like to drink on the street. It is the sign of a civilized society. This is Baltimore goddamnit! Are we really the kind of city that will turn our most gorgeously raucous festival into a Bloomsbergian festival of sobriety, safety, and decorum? If a local business wants to close at 9 p.m., then it is welcome to do so. But the neighborhood association ought to allow the festival to continue as planned and the GLCCB ought to fight to keep pride fun.