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Pride Events and Festivals

Brent and Brent Make a Splash at New York Pride

Brent and Brent Make a Splash at New York Pride

Splash Bar in the Hells Kitchen district of Manhattan hosts some of the sexiest pride events of New York Pride, and this year is no exception. This year adult superstars, Brent Everett and Brent Corrigan, will be making a big splash at Splash!

At 1:00am on Saturday, June 29, Brent and Brent will take to the stage  during Dougie Meyer and Kristian Becker’s NYC Pride Weekend celebrations. DJ Steve Sidewalk will be spinning hot beats and there are Fleshjack give-aways throughout the night. The Brent’s return on Sunday night with DJ Max Rodriguez on the main floor.

Tickets for Splash Pride 2013 start at $25 in advance or $30 at the door before 10:00pm. Splash Bar is located at 50 West 17 Street.

New Jersey Celebrates Pride with Annual Sand Blast Weekend

Party goers at Ashbury Park's annual LGBT party, Sand Blast Weekend, on the Jersey Shore.It all started back in 2000 with a small house party in the little known seaside town of Asbury Park, where about 100 people gathered for a Saturday night party. Over a decade later, the once boarded up town is now a vibrant community rebuilt to it’s glorious Victorian splendour and hosting a fabulous weekend celebration, Sand Blast Weekend.

Much has changed. The annual LGBT party, Sand Blast Weekend, on the Jersey Shore attracts over 4,000 people. From Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, there will be 23 activities including surfing, guided bike rides, beach dodge ball, a burlesque show, art gallery walk, two pool parties, a dance party, and the weekend’s feature event, The Beach Party, featuring music by DJ Tony Moran and DJ Hector Fonseca.

“Sand Blast is about discovering Asbury Park as a gay-friendly resort community and making it your own,” said Brad Hurtado, event founder & executive producer. “We want our guests to go off and explore the entire town and boardwalk and enjoy all that this jewel on the Jersey Shore has to offer. It’s not just a place to come once a year; it’s a destination we hope guests return to again and again.”

If the sun isn’t hot enough, there will be Olympic-caliber trampoline athletes at Saturday’s Beach Party, Team New York Aqutic’s gay water polo team performing a ten minute scrimmage, and an synchronized swimming show at Sunday’s Riptide Pool Party.

While much of the Jersey Shore was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Asbury Park only suffered minor damage along the mile-long boardwalk, which has since been repaired. Asbury Park’s quirky shopping district and the magnificent Victorian residential neighborhoods were also unscathed.

Sand Blast Weekend passes start at $165 and Saturday-only passes are $110. For more information visit the Sand Blast Weekend website.

Dance Under Both the Sun and the Moon at NYC’s Largest and Hottest Outdoor Pride Party

Matinee New York City PrideThere are countless events happening around New York City on Pride weekend, but the largest and best outdoor party is on Governors Island; Matinée. Yes, summer’s in New York are hot, but when you’re adding over 4,000 men on an island that are dancing to the best circuit DJ’s, entertainers and performers, while overlooking Manhatten, then you know it’s going to be one hell of a party!

Party-goers will be dancing in the sun starting at 3:00pm and go through midnight under the moon on Saturday, June 29 at Governors Beach Club. Keeping the 20,000 sq foot venue moving will be New York’s DJ Honey Dijon along with DJ Lydia Sanz and Berlin’s DJ Tom Peters. The celebrity performer and headline DJ are yet to be announced.

“There is no better time to experience the magic of Matinée then during New York Pride when we bring the internationally loved festival to its own private island,” says Jake Resnicow, Managing Partner of Matinée North America.

Event organizers strive to re-create the same adult carnival experience as the original Matinée party in Ibiza, Spain.

“We mix Broadway-show caliber production with fantasy nightlife elements,” explains Resnicow of the party’s success. “We combine celebrity performers, spectacular cirque acts, unparalleled sound and lighting, and beats from the world’s hottest DJs. New York Pride is truly going to be bigger and better than ever before. We are so excited to present our favorite city with the biggest outdoor party of pride summer.”

Free ferries will run from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in lower Manhattan.

Tickets for Matinée are on sale now starting at $39 each.


Extra Host, Maria Menounos, To Be Grand Marshal at LA Pride This Weekend

Maria Menounos will be the grand marshal at the 2013 LA Pride parade.For her dedication to the LGBT community and efforts for equality, Christopher Street West has announced TV show host, Maria Menounos, of Extra, will be the Grand Marshal at the 2013 LA Pride Parade.

The Grand Marshal is one of the most visible components of LA Pride. The individual must embody the celebratory spirit and bring both fun and excitement to the parade route. Maria will be encouraging parade attendees to celebrate diversity and stand up for equality.

Over the years Maria has actively raised awareness and brought attention to issues facing the LGBT community including bullying, HIV/AIDS and marriage equality.

“The Gay Pride Parade represents something truly American. It’s the celebration of community, a celebration of uniqueness, diversity and progress, and it’s the celebration of a new United States where we do more than “tolerate” or “accept” our gay brothers and sisters, but embrace and celebrate them” says Menounos.

The LA Pride parade takes place on Sunday, June 9, starting at 11:00am on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now for the LA Pride Festival, June 7-9, 2013.

Big Entertainment Line-Up at Pride Toronto 2013

Pride Toronto Entertainment StagePride Toronto LogoThere will be a sizzling line-up of drag queens, DJ’s, artists, performers, and musicians at Pride Toronto this June 21 – 30, 2013. It’s this amazing line-up of talent, festival stages along Church and Wesley streets, and great energy and participation from the community that make Pride Toronto the biggest and most exciting pride celebrations in Canada.

TD Wellesley stage include:

  • DJ Boots Boogie
  • DJ Blackcat
  • Houst of Xtraveganza (NYC)
  • My Name is Kay
  • Anjulie
  • Mia Martina

“We are very pleased to present Canadian pop diva Mia Martina on the TD Wellesley Stage in partnership with Z103-FM, “ said Pride Toronto’s Arts & Culture Manager, TK, of the showcase. “We love to see our allies come together onstage with us to share in our celebration of pride and human rights. It’s going to be a great show! “

Bud Light South Stage includes:

  • Light Fires
  • Carole Pope
  • Diamond Rings
  • The Cliks
  • DJ Triple-X

“It’s very exciting to have all of these artists presenting new material for the Kick OUT the Jams showcase”, says Pride Toronto’s Arts & Culture Manager, TK. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the festival weekend at Bud Light South Stage than with new music from The Cliks, Carole Pope and Light Fires, and we’re very pleased to present Diamond Rings at the festival again.”


Inaugural Fraser Valley Pride Scheduled this Weekend

Fraser Valley Youth Society to host Inaugural Pride ParadeIt’s time for the Fraser Valley to wake up and embrace the LGBT community! Organized by the Fraser Valley Youth Society, the inaugural Fraser Valley Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2013, marching through the streets of downtown Abbotsford.

Friends, family, allies, and members of the LGBT community are welcome to attend the Saturday afternoon parade. The organizers are quick to point out that this is not an official parade with street closures, so the parade will take place on the sidewalks, at least for this year. Parade participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the youth-led pride initiative and to bring rainbow flags to show their support.

The parade will start at the Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road), at 3:00pm on Saturday, travel south on Clearbrook Road, then turn east on South Fraser Way, ending at Civic Plaza (32315 South Fraser Way).

Dubbed The Bible Belt, the Fraser Valley, located one hour east of Vancouver, BC, has a poor reputation in the region for not being gay-friendly. Members of the LGBT community, both youth and adults, who live in the Fraser Valley claim they do not feel safe or are not welcome based on their sexual orientation, and want to make a stand for equality. PFLAG will be participating in the parade.

In the recent BC provincial election, Todd Hauptman, campaign manager for BC Liberal MLA for Langley, Mary Polak, made headlines across the province as he resigned his position with the campaign just one week prior to the election over differences related to LGBT rights and issues To date, no members of the BC Liberal or BC NDP party have come forward confirming their attendance to the Fraser Valley Pride events.

The youth-led group has hosted a walk for the past five years, and this year has expanded the event to draw greater awareness and attention to the LGBT community.

Following the pride parade there will be speeches from members of the community. To wrap up the days events there will be a screening of She’s A Boy I Knew at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, hosted by the Fraser Valley Youth Society.

Calgary Pride 2012

Rainbow flags waving proudly, colourful costumes marching through the streets, dancers doused in glitter, and hips shaking to the beat of the music – this was Calgary Pride 2012!

Records were smashed for Pride Calgary, as over 30,000 people attended the annual gay pride parade and festival in downtown Calgary. The 45 minute long parade marched down Stephen Avenue to Shaw Millennium Park, where crowds gathered for Premier Redford to address the crowd. Redford is the first Premier of Alberta to attend Calgary Pride.

The Grand Marshal leading the parade was legendary lesbian Canadian rock star, Carole Pope. The parade also included many local celebrities, performers, members of the public service, and community groups and organizations.



Why Pride Celebrations Important

Pride is a by-product of self-reflection and a sense-of-self. It’s a sign of maturity, looking at successes and failures over a period of time. Pride comes from the appreciation of celebrating accomplishments.

The LGBT community has been celebrating Pride since the tragic Stonewall Riots in New York City over 42 years ago. Over the past four decades many individuals, organizations, political leaders, celebrities and allies of the LGBT community have joined together to celebrate diversity and successes for equal rights in our communities, countries and around the world.

It’s the active engagement of protecting human rights, education of personal rights, and expanding the awareness to others which makes Pride events so important world-wide.

Be proud for being knowledgable on LGBT issues, for being involved, for coming out, and celebrating the accomplishments and hard work of the individuals who have helped earn equal rights, and for those who continue to bring rights to others.

Making our communities more visible, accessible and whole is key. Take part in your community. Be a part of something special, knowing you are helping yourself and others around you.

Most importantly, be proud.

What are you most proud about? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Calgary Pride; Tips for Having Fun and Being Safe!

Happy Calgary Pride! It’s going to be a weekend full of great entertainment, celebration and awesome events. Here are some tips to ensure you have a fun and safe Pride weekend:

  1. The legal drinking age in Alberta is 18 years of age and older. Staff will ID guests who are consuming alcohol if they appear under the age of 30.
  2. Non-alcoholic beverages including water, juice and pop are allowed in public areas. It is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages in public.
  3. For everyone’s safety, please do not bring pets, furniture, large signs, drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons, or objects that could be used as a weapon to any events or festivities.
  4. Remember to use sunscreen. There are many convenience stores and pharmacies near the Parade and Festival grounds if you forget or run out.
  5. Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you are going to be consuming alcohol or be in the sun for long periods of time.
  6. If you have an emergency or need medical assistance, please see a Calgary Pride volunteer, Police or security guard.

Remember to go out and have fun!

This Weekend: Calgary Pride 2012

It’s going to be one of the most colourful, fabulous and fun weekends of summer 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, as the city hosts Calgary Pride. There are a whole host of events and activities throughout the weekend. Here are just a few of the key events not to be missed.

The weekend starts off on Friday, August 31, with the Calgary Pride Kick-Off Party at the Arts Hotel in downtown Calgary. The line-up of entertainment and music includes The Perry Twins (Los Angeles, California), Tyrell Witherspoon (Vancouver, BC), April Storm (Calgary, AB) and Goldstar (Calgary, AB). The Kick-Off Party is from 9:00pm – 2:00am and tickets can be purchased for $20 in advance at Priape.

On Saturday, September 1, Pure Pride presents The Official Calgary Pride Dance Party, featuring Chad Michaels, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4, gay porn star Spencer Reed, DJ Nick Bertossi (Vancouver, BC), and Mantra (Vancouver, BC). The party will be held at Flames Central from 9:00pm – 2:30am. Tickets are available at Priape.

Stephen Avenue will be the place to be at noon on Sunday, September 2, as more than 60 parade entries make their way from the  Calgary Olympic Plaza to the SHAW Millennium Park. Lesbian rock singer, Carol Pope is the Grand Marshal, leading the way.

Following the Pride Parade is the Pride Calgary Street Festival at the SHAW Millennium Park hosted by Master Sara Moanies. There will be over 40 vendors, a large beer garden, and performances by Peter Breeze (Vancouver, BC).

For more information and a complete listing of events, visit the Calgary Pride website.

Calgary Hopes to Find Rejuvenation at Pride 2012

Yee Haw! This weekend is Pride in Calgary! It’s been a particularly tough year in the LGBT community in Alberta, so this year is incredibly important for cow-town to come out and show support.

Earlier this year Calgary said goodbye to Club Sapien and  FAB Bar, and very soon they will also say farewell to the Calgary Eagle

“In the disappearance of these places there is a dangerous assumption that Calgarians are all wildly onboard and supportive of human rights for all,” said Dallas Barnes, President of Pride Calgary. “This is simply not true. The community is still feeling the violence and effects of homophobia within this city and that is why more than ever we need to celebrate Pride Calgary boldly.”

In addition, the community has also been under pressure for years because of the strong conservative political views within the province.

Since Premier Redford was elected, the LGBT community has seen a glimmer of hope. Redford is an Ally of the LGBT community. She has agreed to participated in the annual Pride festival and will make a short public address.

“For Albertans to play the diversity game, we must empower our allies,” said Barnes. “Allies are people who are wildly supportive and onboard with our cause and people who may disagree or have resistance to what we are up to.”

On a happy note, Alberta has also seen some great movements in 2012, including the reinstatement of funding for gender reassignment surgery and increased participating from the LGBT community in the recent provincial election.

Barnes has called upon Calgarians to come out and support Calgary Pride, citing the LGBT community needs to draw upon itself in order to grow.

“The only way Pride Calgary will grow is if we commit and engage as a community,” Barnes explained.

Whether you are straight, gay, bisexual, lesbian, transsexual, queer, questions, etc., Calgary Pride welcomes the support and invites everyone to come and celebrate at the many events this coming weekend.

Calgary Pure Pride 2012

The biggest, hottest, sexiest, and most energized party during Calgary Pride will be Pure Pride. It’s a night of outstanding entertainment, awesome music, celebration, and perhaps even some surprises.

Flames Centre will be bursting with beats by Vancouver’s DJ Nick Bertossi, along with Calgary DJ’s Jay Fraid, LEDJ, and Dopamine.

The list of entertainers is impressive. Star of RuPaul’s Drag  Race, season 4, Chad Michaels will be performing. Chad is one of the world’s top Cher impersonators. Vancouver’s Mantra will keep the crowd moving with her sexy, high energy performance and sexy dancers. And adult entertainer, dancer and model, Spencer Reed, will be an erotic performance not to be missed.

VIP tables are available for groups of four or six. VIP ticket holders will even get the chance to meet the cast and crew!

Tickets are available online.

2012 Vancouver Pride Parade [photos]

The 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade was a perfect day – with clear, blue sunny skies, colourful floats, rainbow flags, sexy outfits, and diversity celebrated by nearly 650,000 people lining the parade route. The Vancouver Pride Parade is the largest event held in Vancouver and the annual parade was once again enjoyed by everyone.

The parade included many notable entries and participants including the Dykes on Bikes, Vancouver City Council members, local heroes like Bill Munroe and trans-gendered crusader Jenna Talackova who placed in the top 12 at the 2012 Miss Canada competition, corporate friends of the LGBT community like WestJet and TD Bank, and organizations that make a profound difference in the local community including Pink Shirt Day, the West End Soccer Association, Vancouver Police Department, Celebrities Night Club, and many, many more.


Barefoot Davie Street Dance Party 2012 [photos]

Vancouver Pride weekend officially kicked off on Friday, August 3, 2012 with the largest block party in downtown Vancouver – the Barefoot Davie Street Dance Party. While the event got off to an unusually slow start, by the time sunset came, the massive block party was just heating up.

The Davie Street Party had a new format for 2012. No longer were there two main entrances, but just one at the corner of Davie and Broughton, which added to the confusion of how to get into the gated street party. Additionally, new for 2012 were advance tickets, as opposed to the previous years Fast Track and General Admission passes. While the new ticketing and entry system had it’s challenges, organizers tried their best to keep things orderly.

The entertainment was spread out over multiple blocks. The cash-only event had beer, wine and cooler tickets available in each zone for the designated drinking areas. Police and security were on-duty to ensure liquor did not leave the gated areas.

As with previous years, the stages has live performances and featured local DJ’s and artists. Many event goers celebrated the kick-off weekend with colourful costumes, hip summer fashions and leather fetish gear.

JuJuBee Makes Big Splash at Vancouver Pride Pool Party


Hot guys in speedos, summer sunshine, beats by Nick Bertossi, vodka flowing and JuJuBee performing poolside. It was a winning combination for the annual Rapture HEATWAVE pool party at the Westin Grand for Vancouver Pride this past weekend.

Not only did JuJuBee amaze party goers with her stunning good looks, amazing personality, and beautiful one-piece swimsuits, but her songs were amazing.

The highlight of the poolside party was when JuJuBee surprised everyone and jumped into the pool in the middle of her song!

JuJuBee was incredible all afternoon, mingling with all the guests, posing for photos, and enjoying the afternoon.


City of Vancouver Paints Rainbow Crosswalks

Photo Credit: McKenzie McMillan

Photo Credit: Joane-E

The corner of Denman and Davie Streets are alive with colour today after the City of Vancouver painted the 4 crosswalks of the intersection with the colours of the rainbow, just in time for this weekend’s Vancouver Pride.

This is the first year the City of Vancouver has ever painted a crosswalk or any other landmark in the gay village for Vancouver Pride. Perhaps they got the idea from a blog post I published in June after returning home from LA Pride; where the City of West Hollywood painted the crosswalk in Boys Town in a rainbow at the cost of over $12,000.

City staffers did not return my requests of where the idea came from at the time I published this post. Regardless of where the idea came from, it’s a great gesture from the City of Vancouver. It is not known if the crosswalks will be painted only for Pride weekend, or if the City plans on making them  permanent.

The City of Vancouver is a large supporter of Vancouver Pride, the largest annual event held in the city. The city proudly flies the rainbow flag at City Hall, issues a proclamation announcing Pride Week, participates in the Pride Parade and hangs the colourful rainbow flags throughout the city.

A big thank you to the City of Vancouver for supporting Pride, embracing diversity and the LGBT community!

2012 Vancouver Pride Festival and Market

One of North America’s most beautiful pride festival locations is at Sunset Beach, home of the Vancouver Pride Festival and Market. The annual event, held on Sunday, August 5, 2012,  is located on the shores of English Bay in Vancouver’s West End.

The day-long event attracts over 125,000 people who come to hear local musicians on the main stage, support the over 150 community organizations at the market that support Pride in Vancouver, and to enjoy Vancouver’s only waterfront beer garden.

The family-friendly marketplace includes artisans, community organizations, corporate partners, and a wide variety of food vendors.

The Pride Festival and Market is open from 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Celebrate Vancouver Pride at Celebrities

Vancouver Pride week has kicked off and there are events happening all week long across the city – from the annual Pride Parade, the pride festival on the beach, the street parties and the pride cruises. One of Vancouver’s longest supporters of Pride is Celebrities Night Club. For over 30 years Celebrities has been hosting pride events. Here’s the line-up for Vancouver Pride 2012:

Tuesday, July 31 – Pride Tuesday, with $3 highballs and DJ’s DarylO, Timeline and JP Valdes.

Wednesday, August 1 – Pride Bingo for Life from 8:00-10:00pm, hosted by Vancouver’s favourite drag queen, Joan-E. All proceeds from the evening event will go to the Friends for Life Society. At 11:00pm catch the Dogwood Monarch Society charity drag show.

Thursday, August 2 – Hard Candy, from 9:00pm – 4:00am, with Vancouver’s hottest Go Go boys and hot top 40 remixes.

Friday, August 3 – Celebrities Pride Ball, from featuring LA’s very own, DJ Pornstar.

Saturday, August 4 – B You Saturday, from 9:00pm – 4:00am, there will be circus performers, Go Go boys, and performances by the House of Celebs Dance Group.

Sunday, August 5 – History X1, is a 13 hour non-stop party from 3:00pm – 4:00am. Best Butt contest at 4:30pm, where the winner will take home over $500 in prizes!

Advance tickets for most nights are at www.vancouverpride2012.com.

2012 Barefoot Davie Street Dance Party

The hottest weekend in Vancouver gets started this Friday, August 3, 2012 with the largest block-party in downtown Vancouver; the Barefoot Davie Street Dance Party!

The Davie Street Village hosts the block party, which includes dancers, vendors, DJ’s and live entertainment on multiple stages. Event-goers are welcome to dress up in fabulous outfits and show their Pride.

Inside the Davie Street Dance Party there are a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage stations (a 19+ event). This is a cash-only event, so come prepared.

The Street Party has four entrances; the main entrance is at Broughton and Davie Street. New this year, participating West End retailers are selling advanced tickets, or you can buy online using contest code BW45 at time of check-out and save $5 (admission at the gate is $20, or advance tickets online using contest code BW45 for $15).

The Street Party goes from 7pm – midnight on Friday, August 3, 2012.

2012 Vancouver Pride Parade

On Sunday, August 5, 650,000 spectators will line the streets of downtown Vancouver for the largest LGBT celebration in Western Canada, the 34th annual Vancouver Pride Parade.

Vancouver’s largest single-day annual community event, the Vancouver Pride Parade will be filled with rainbows, colourful floats, marching bands, and a variety of community groups. There are over 150 parade entries expected for 2012.

The three-hour long parade kicks off at 12:00pm at Robson and Thurlow, along Denman Street, and ends at Sunset Beach for the Pride Festival.

For the 13th consecutive year, Vancouver’s legendary drag queen, Joan-E will host he parade at the corner of Denman and Davie. Her witty commentary is always a highlight of the parade.

The 2012 Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshals are Jenna Talackova, Bill Monroe and David Hotzman.

There are a number of road closures in effect on parade day. Public transit is encouraged in and around the downtown core. For people with disabilities, there are reserved accessible viewing areas along the parade route.

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