After weeks, if not months of talking and writing about it, the Big Day has arrived, Seattle Pride Day 2011! As I type this, the Pride Flag is being raised at the Space Needle, after weeks of hoo-hah, and hundreds of volunteers are setting up for the Parade, which starts at 11am, and for Seattle PrideFest at Seattle Center, and the bars of Capitol Hill are readying for the final onslaught of beer garden/street party visitors.
Look for us in the Parade, (Les and I are marching with our friends at Three Dollar Bill Cinema/Orbitz and we’re early in the Parade; number 16) and publisher Bill is hanging out with his family along the route…look for us! We’ll be bopping around Seattle Center for PrideFest (definitely checking out Ethel Merman’s performance at 1:23pm at the Main Stage) and eventually heading over to check out the big Pride Tea Dance Party, Rebound at iMUSIC Center across the street from EMP on 5th Avenue with DJ Steven Oliveri and popping into The Funhouse just down the street for their “So Gay!” Party with Glitterbang and Noddy.
And, be safe…there was a tragic accident at an Alaskan Pride event this weekend during their Parade, so be careful walking the streets. Crowds+Traffic=Potential Danger. Oh, and drinkers, make sure you have someone to drive you home who’s not drinking or take pubic transit!
HAPPY PRIDE DAY 2011, SEATTLE!
Sunday Pride Weekend Events
|Jun 26||Pride Day Brunch for the 43rd District Democrats @ Newmark Tower, Community Room (5th Floor) 1415 2nd Ave (2nd and Pike). Funds raised at the event go to Democratic organizing and election efforts in the 43rd District, which represents Capitol Hill, Downtown, Madison Park, Wallingford, Fremont, the University District, Greenlake, Lake Union, Eastlake, and Ravenna. $43 – Guest; $100 – Friend; $250 – Sponsor|
|Jun 26||QPOCA Brunch & March Join the Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) Contingent at Pride 2011. Meet at 4th Ave between Columbia & Cherry/DT Seattle for Brunch followed by 2011 Seattle Pride Parade. Organized by Trikone NW. All Ages/All People are welcome to participate.|
|Jun 26||Seattle Pride Parade 2011 The Big Parade put on by Seattle Out & Proud! Starts at 11am at 4th & Union in Downtown Seattle and proceeds down 4th Avenue to Seattle Center. Grand Marshals include Armistead Maupin, Daniel Hernandez and Seattle Storm Ownership Group. Rain or Shine!|
|Jun 26||Seattle PrideFest 2011 @ Seattle Center. See Schedule Below. All ages.|
|Jun 26||Bend It Festival @ The Vera Project/Seattle Center All ages, “free and fabulous” Variety/Drag Show. Food + Doors at 7pm. Show will start shortly after. “Damsels, Dukes, & Drag” w/special guests, Stonewall Olympia doing a super special repeat performance of their annual drag show. There will be food, refreshments, and queers galore. End your Pride weekend with radical queers and free things.”|
|Jun 26||Rebound @ iMUSIC w/ DJ Steven Oliveri 3pm-3am $15-$20. Join Fire Island/San Diego hot DJ Steven Oliveri for the Ultimate Pride Tea Dance Party at iMusic Event Center (332 5th Avenue) across from EMP/Seattle Center. 21+|
|Jun 26||Cuff Street Party: Noon-8pm with Live Performances by Reina, SK8, Debby Holiday and Janice Robinson outside until 8pm and DJs John England and Matt Stands inside until close, $15, 21+|
|Jun 26||Wildrose Pride 2011 “Bush Gardens” resumes after the parade with Live Performance by Jamie Nova (Witchburn, former Hell’s Belles) @ 3:30pm. Butch Contest @ 4:30pm. DJ’s Riff Raff, Rikki Leigh, and Vancouver’s DJ Cho Cha. 21+|
|Jun 26||Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Live) @ The Crocodile Live performance of beloved queer musical & a benefit for “It Gets Better Project”. 8pm. 21+|
|Jun 26||Purr Pride Party @ Purr Lounge. No Cover All Day with your friends. 21+|
|Jun 26||So Gay! w/Noddy+Glitterbang@ Funhouse “The Gay Ass Party returns to the Funhouse for an afternoon of debaucherous gay dancing, gay cruising, gay ass homos…” Special Guest: Rude Dudes (PDX), Crypts (Seattle’s premier Witch House Band), Noddy & Glitterbang (SEA). A Pride party for the grungy gays of Seattle….21+|
|Jun 26||Ruckus Pride Party @ Grim’s/sponsored by The Social. Ruckus is taking over the 2nd & 3rd floors of Grim’s for 4 nights and 2 floors of crazy drinking and dancing. QUEER PRIDE DANCE PARTY “Come queer out with Ruckus on Sunday night for an amazing dance party. Night-time looks and danceable hooks” provided from Lisa Dank, Secret Shoppers & DJ Sets from Nark & RC Brown w/Visuals from Dumb Eyes. 21+|
|Jun 26||Unicorn Pride Party @ Unicorn Join a ‘herd of sexy unicorns’ for delicious food and drinks after the Pride Parade. 21+|
|Jun 26||Pride Day Tea Dance @ the Seattle Eagle “Let Your Freak Flag Fly!” Rotating DJs and Drink Specials from Noon until 2am. 21+|
Upcoming Regional Pride Events
|Jul 9||Tacoma/Pierce County Pride|
|Jul 16||Kitsap Pride|
|Jul 25-31||Vancouver B.C. Pride|
PrideFest 2011 Schedule for Sunday, June 26
Note: Events/Line-up subject to change.
|PrideFest’s big day is on Sunday, June 26 and will operate noon-8pm.
DJ STAGE SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, JUNE 26
5:00-7:00 PM – HARD TIMES STAGE
MURAL STAGE SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, JUNE 26
12-12:25 The Glasses
12:35-1:05 Hot Panda
1:15-1:40 Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind
2:35-3:05 Gabrielle Wortman
3:15-4:00 Nicky Click / CJ & The Dolls
4:10-4:45 Secret Shoppers
5:35-6:00 Cherry Crush
MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, JUNE 26
MAIN STAGE HIGHLIGHTS
1:00-1:05 Le Faux Performance
1:23-1:53 Ethel Merman
1:53-1:58 Le Faux Performance
2:00-2:10 Keynote – Armistead Maupin
2:13-2:16 Daniel Hernandez Speaks
2:16-2:46 Kim English
2:47-2:52 Le Faux Performance
3:00-3:10 Marriage Equality Rally
3:14-3:30 Special Guest Performer!
3:32-3:42 Le Faux Performance
3:45-4:00 Special Guest Performer!
4:00-4:04 Parade Float Awards
4:04-4:07 Pride Idol Winner Performs
4:07-4:11 Gold’s Gym – Fit4Pride
4:18-4:25 UnderU4Men Underwear Fashion Show
4:27-4:42 Special Guest Performer!
4:42-4:47 Le Faux Performance
4:48-4:57 Whim W’Him Dance Performance
5:00-5:30 Team Gina
5:35-5:55 Vintage Youth
5:55-6:05 Le Faux Finale
6:05-7:00 Katy Lin & the Moonlight Riders