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Pride Events and Festivals

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.

JuJuBee to Perform at Rapture: HEATWAVE at Vancouver Pride


RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U star JuJuBee, will be performing live from the rooftop pool party at the Westin Grand in front of a sold-out audience at Rapture: HEATWAVE on Saturday, August 4, 2012, during Vancouver Pride.

“I’m so excited,” giggled JuJuBee. “I’m going to be all dolled up. I’m excited to go back [to Vancouver].

Growing up, JuJuBee knew she was different. From the time she was a teenager, her instincts told her she was going to be a performer.

“I was always a theatre nerd,” explained JuJuBee. “My love for the stage allows me to be crazy.”

It wasn’t until after she came out of the closet, admitting she was gay, that she could truly realize her path ahead.

“I was living with my aunt,” JuJuBee explained. “She’s the coolest person in the world. I was like, ‘Whatever. You’re not going to stop me.’ I thought that doing drag was an art that was misunderstood. I didn’t really care or get bothered by anyone’s thought about my performance. I wanted them to feel the emotion about it. And there are so many songs that need to be shined on in a certain way. A way that could only be done in drag.”

JuJuBee’s proudest moment was when she auditioned for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“RuPaul has always been THE drag queen,” JuJuBeen said in an excited voice as she described her drag idol. “When I first saw her on To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, you knew she was a genuine drag queen.”

At the time of her audition, JuJuBee was in a bit of a rut, working a few jobs. She was looking for something different, something more exciting. That’s when she got the call that she had been accepted to come try out for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Although JuJuBee did not take home the crown at the end of the show, she did proudly walk away with second runner up and an amazing experience that has helped propel her career.

“It was a really good experience as far as making new friends,” JuJuBee recalled as she described her best memories of being on the show. “Meeting the girls and finally meeting RuPaul, and being under his/her wings. Our lives have all changed. We share stories, talk and understand each other.”

But life as a drag queen hasn’t been all roses and sunshine. Yes, even drag queens have their moments.

“I’m an awful dancer,” said JuJuBee, describing her biggest weakness. “That’s the challenge right there. A lot of times when people meet me out of drag they think that I’ll be the exact same way, which is not true. JuJuBee is a character for me. I’m actually pretty shy. When I’m in drag, I’m loud and vibrant.”

JuJuBee fully admits that she needs to work on her dancing skills, but with her busy travel and performing schedule, she hasn’t had time to dedicate to it just yet. When JuJuBee does have down time at home, she admits to being a bit of homebody and playing video games.

Sometimes JuJuBee’s most awkward moments on stage aren’t because of her dancing, but rather, other drag queens!

“I don’t remember where this was, but a drag queen pulled off my wig during a performance,” said JuJuBee as she described the shocking experience. “It was the weirdest thing. It came out of nowhere. It was so odd.”

Note to other drag queens out there, you probably won’t want to try to pull that stunt on her again in the future.

Speaking of the future, JuJuBee’s future includes writing and producing her own album.

“I’ve been so slow and late into music,” JuJuBee admitted. “What I want to make is totally different from what everyone else is making. I’m writing a lot. Every chance I get, I sit down. I just jot it down as I think of it. It’s good beginnings, but I haven’t finished anything yet.

JuJuBee hopes to have her first song ready soon. In the meantime, guests who were fortunate enough to purchase advance tickets to the sold out Rapture: HEATWAVE event will be able to watch her perform live, and maybe even get to meet her in person.

“I’m here for two full days,” JuJuBee said, referring to her upcoming trip to Vancouver Pride. “I don’t have any plans yet, probably going to the parade. I’m not sure if I’ll be out in drag or not, you gotta come and see for yourself!”


Rapture: VICTORY [Contest]

The superhero’s of Gotham City, Batman, Robin and Cat Women, welcome you join them and their special line-up of DJ’s and entertainers, to the largest circuit party of Vancouver Pride 2012, Rapture: VICTORY.

Presented by TFD Presents, the Sunday, August 5 event takes place at The Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville Street) from 9:00pm – 4:00am. Tickets are currently on sale for $64.25, and will be going up to $81.00 soon. Tickets can be purchased at Priape or Little Sisters on Davie Street in downtown Vancouver, or online.

Three talented, international DJ’s will have the dance floor packed all night long: Danny Vedre (Italy), Rafael Calvente (Rio de Janeiro) and DJ Grind (San Francisco). Entertainment and performances by Vancouver’s Peter Breeze, Toronto’s Cassandra and Lena Love, and Los Angeles’ Shokra.


Enter for a chance to win two tickets to Rapture: VICTORY. To enter, tweet the following about the contest: I entered for a chance to win tickets to @TFDPresents Rapture: VICTORY from @br_webb. http://ow.ly/chGIs #Contest #VanPride

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Contest closes at 5:00pm PST, Friday, July 20, 2012. One random drawn winner will be announced on this blog post on or before Monday, July 23, 2012. Read the complete contest rules.

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Congratulations Jeff Ojeda, you are the lucky winner of two tickets to Rapture: VICTORY on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the Commodore Ballroom during Vancouver Pride!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Please keep watching for more contests coming soon.

Gayday at Playland

The annual Gayday at Playland is the sign that Vancouver Pride is just around the corner. The LGBT community is invited on Saturday, July 14 from 10:00am – 8:00pm for a day of rides, carnival games, entertainment and fun. Wear a pink shirt to support anti-bullying.

The Vancouver Pride Society will have a Pride Festival area with a BBQ and information on Vancouver’s LGBT community.

Say “I’m here for Gay Day” at the gate and receive a $5 discount. For every ticket sold $6 will go to the Vancouver Pride Society. Park pass includes unlimited access to over 30 rides and attractions, including Revelation and the Drop Zone.


Toronto Pride 2012

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, attracting an estimated one million people, the 2012 Pride Toronto festival and  parade was held June 22 – July 1, 2012. Pride Toronto celebrates the history, courage, diversity and the future of the LGBT community in Toronto.

This couple were married on a float during the 2012 Pride Toronto parade.

Bright, elaborate and daring costumes

The events take place over 24 city blocks in Toronto’s Church-Wellseley neighbourhood. The festival includes seven performance stages, 80 community booths, and 147 sponsor, marketplace and food booths.

Activities and community spaces include family pride, youth pride, clean and sober spaces, Trans pride, Dyke march and rally, and 40 affiliate events.

Celebrating diversity and culture

The week-long event involves a significant amount of human resources. Collaboration for the festival and parade takes of 5 full-time staff, 11 board members, 48 year-round volunteer team leads, 45 year-round volunteers, 1,200 weekend volunteers, and 296 performers. There are over 150 parade and march participants, and community groups.

Toronto will be hosting WorldPride in 2014, the fourth event ever held, and the first held in North America.

Toronto’s Pride festival attracts visitors from Greater Toronto and across the world, and generates an estimate $136 million for the local economy.


CruiseyT Pride Cruises


Photo contributed

For over 20 years, CruiseyT has produced the hottest, sexiest and most fun parties on the waters during Vancouver Pride. The 2012 CruiseyT Pride Cruises are even more exciting with two different cruises, both offering two DJ’s, entertainment and oxygen bars. The two most popular cruises for locals and visitors will be held on Sunday, August 5, with a fun industry and Pride wrap-up cruise scheduled for Monday, August 6.

Both Sunday cruises will tour Vancouver Harbour, English Bay, and Deep Cove (no jump off-ship please!), and are aboard three-level party-cruising ships. Roast beef dinner is included with your ticket and will be served as soon as the cruise departs.

The Sunday Pride Party Cruise is hosted on the MV Princess. Boarding starts at 4:00pm and the cruise is from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Aboard there will be a roast beef dinner as the cruise leaves the dock. DJ Adam Dreaddy and DJ Quest will play the entire cruise. Raye Sunshine and Iona Whipp will be performing. Advance tickets are $50.

If you like the twink-crowd, the Sunday Pride Go Go Cruise on the MV Britannia is your choice – but be warned, it sells out fast. Celebrities resident DJ, Zach Shore and DJ Brett T from Seattle, WA, will have cruisers moving on all three levels. Entertainment includes Joan-E and Carlotta Gurl. Advance tickets are $60.

To purchase advance tickets, purchase online, or at Little Sisters Bookstore or Priape in Vancouver.


Celebrities Pride Ball 2012

For over 30 years, Celebrities Night Club has been supporting Vancouver Pride, and for Vancouver Pride 2012, the tradition continues. Their signature Pride weekend event is the Vancouver Pride Ball, which will be held on Friday, August 4.

This year the headliner is DJ Pornstar from Los Angeles, California. He has played some of the world’s largest gay circuit paries around the world, including the Palm Springs White Party, and most recently performed at SummerTramp at LA Pride.

Resident DJ Zach Shore will also be spinning. Throughout the night Vancouver’s hottest go go boys by the House of Celebrs will be performing.

Tickets for the Celebrities Pride Ball are $25 and are available online, or for purchase at Little Sisters or Priape.

Prism Aqua Party


The hottest party on Saturday during Toronto Pride is Prism’s Aqua Party at Sugarbeach in downtown Toronto. The Pussy Cat Doll’s, Jessica Sutta, will be performing per hit single, Show Me.

The 8,500 sq metres of white sandy beaches will be hopping thanks to DJ’s Manny Lehman, Honey Dijon, and Aron, who will be spinning from 2pm – 10pm. At sunset a fireworks display will light up the sky!

After you’re done at the Prism Aqua Party, your Prism Weekend pass gets you into the Prism Main Event party at Koolhaus, right across the street!

Tickets to all the Prism Toronto Pride weekend events are available online.

Cruisey-T Canada Day Cruise

Photo Credit: Cruisey-T

It’ll be a Canada Day celebration unlike any other as Cruisey-T, Canada’s largest floating dance party set’s sail for a four-hour evening cruise. Celebrities resident DJ, Zach Shore, along with DJ Kasha Kennedy will keep party goers dancing thoughout the cruise.

The four hour cruise is on a three level boat. The lower and middle decks have bars. DJ’s are located on the middle and top deck. The top deck is also where you will find a large outdoor dance area.

The Canada Day cruise features performances by Vancouver’s legendary drag queen Joane-E, and Sienna Blaze.

For a limited time, tickets are 2-for-1 for this specific cruise ($30 plus a $2 processing fee).

The four hour cruise boards are 4:30pm and departs at 5pm. Remember to bring cash – the bars are cash-only and there is no ATM on board.

Sexy Military Men! Prism’s Bootcamp at Toronto Pride

Attention Soldiers. It’s time to report for active duty. For the ninth year, Prism presents Bootcamp, a military-themed event during the annual pride week in Toronto.

Fueling the nightlong event will feature Grammy-nominated writer, producer, remixer, singer and DJ Tony Moran, along with New York’s hottest circuit and club DJ Hector Fonseca, and Toronto’s very own DJ Jeremy Khamkeo.

Ripped abs, chiseled chests, bulging arms and quads of steel – Next Door Studio’s Canadian porn star Tyrstan Bull along with sidekick James Huntsman will be performing.

Bootcamp is held in the Main Room at the Guvernment from 10pm till 6am on Friday, June 29. Tickets for the red-hot event are $55.

With over 30 DJ’s lined up for the weekend events, the best value Toronto’s pride weekend is the Prism Weekend Pass. Go to all six events from June 28 – July 1 for just $199! Passes are available online now.

Pierre Fitch, Hector Fonseca and Brian Webb at Pride Toronto 2011. Photo credit: Chase Young

Rainbow Crosswalks for Pride

Boystown in West Hollywood just got a big splash of colour for the month of June thanks to an initiative by the City of West Hollywood. The crosswalk at the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard has been pained in a rainbow theme in celebration of pride month.

At a cost of $12,920USD, the City of West Hollywood turned the pedestrian crossing into the rainbow colours just in time for LA Pride. This is the first time in North America a city has painted a pedestrian crossing in pride colours. The crosswalk will be maintained in the pride colours though out the month of June and will go back to it’s traditional red brick colour afterwards.

Mayor Jeff Prang and Councilmember John Duran both supported the initiative. West Hollywood City Hall was also lit up in lavender lights and LAX pylons glowed purple in honour of Pride.

Star-Studded Appearances at 2012 LA Pride Parade

The 2012 Christopher Street West LA Pride Parade was a star-studded event as well-known celebrity drag queens, activists, singers, movie stars, comedians and friends of the LGBT community came to out support the annual event. While the parade had hundreds of people, there were certainly some iconic and familiar faces. The 2012 LA Pride Parade was hosted by social media specialist, Leyla Farah, and Mayor John Duran.


The parade was co-hosted by actor, comedian and writer, Alec Mapa.

Legendary New York drag queen, actress, singer and entertainer, Sherry Vine made a special appearance.

Transgender Canadian beauty queen and Miss Universe contestant, Jenna Talackova, took part in the parade, along with her well-known attorney, Gloria Allred.

Ongina, contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 1, looked smashing in a red hat and dress.

LGBT activist, Betty DeGeneres, proudly marched in the parade. Betty is the mother of comedian, actress, and television host, Ellen DeGeneres.

The parade Grand Marshall was actress, singer and dancer, Molly Ringwald.

Lisa Vanderpump from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes made appearances both at the LA Pride festival and in the LA Pride Parade.

Jeff Parshley and Adam Bouska, co-founders of the NOH8 Campaign proudly marched in the parade, along with dozens of NOH8 campaign supporters.

Betty DeGeneres Marches in LA Pride Parade

Mother of American stand-up comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres, Betty DeGeneres, proudly marched in the 2012 LA Pride Parade. Betty marched in the parade with her fellow PFLAG members. A human rights activist, Betty is the first non-gay spokesperson for the National Coming Out Project.

Better has been a passionate advocate of LGBT rights since her daughter, Ellen, came out in 1997.

Record Smashed: 400,000 at LA Pride Parade

The world’s first and oldest pride parade, LA Pride, smashed attendance records as over 400,000 people lined the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday, June 9, for the annual event.

Ellen DeGeneres’ mom, Betty, Marches in the 2012 LA Pride Parade

The colourful parade included local dignitaries and politicians, not-for-profit organizations, celebrities, sports groups, entertainers and support from large corporations.

Dykes on Bikes is always a crowd pleaser at any pride parade

“We are thrilled that this year LA Pride exceeded our wildest imaginations in terms of enthusiasm, new features, corporate sponsorships and attendees,” said Rodney Scott, Board President of Christopher Street West.

Local and State politicians were out in full-force supporting the LGBT celebrations.

The City of West Hollywood was buzzing with energy the entire day as people celebrated for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered rights and freedoms.

Berman Schaffer Service Award Winner, Tom Whitman

Bright and festive costumes

Equal rights and same-sex marriage was a common theme throughout the parade.

The Queen Bee, Lil Kim, to Perform at LA Pride

The forecast is for sunshine all weekend long in West Hollywood for LA Pride… but things are really going to sizzle on Saturday evening when Lil Kim takes to the main stage at SummerTramp!

The Queen Bee will perform for one full hour, 6:00-7:00pm, on Saturday, June 11. Festival tickets will get you into the show.  $20 USD per person, per day, or $40 USD per person for a weekend pass.

LA Pride Grand Marshall 2012: Molly Ringwald

LGBT advocate, Molly Ringworld will be the Grand Marshall for the 2012 LA Pride Parade

ABC’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Molly Ringwald, has been selected as the Grand Marshall of the 2012 LA Pride parade this Sunday, June 10, 2012, on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

The 80’s teen-queen shot to fame after appearing in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Native to California, Molly was an original cast member of The Facts of Life, and made numerous appearances in television shows, films and on Broadway.

In 2008, Molly and her family appeared a public service announcement for the No on Prop 8 campaign.

“Same sex marriage has been legal here for months and nothing’s happened,” Molly said in the PSA. “I would feel really horrible if two people who loved each other as much as we do couldn’t get married.”

Also that year, ABC Family launched The Secret Life of the American Teenager with Molly as the title character’s mother. Recently picked up for a fifth season, “Secret Life” has been a hit, telling real stories of issues facing teens today such as coming out, relationships, sex and teen-parenting. When asked in this month’s issue of OUT Magazine if her character will be the rumored next to come out, Molly said, “I would love it. It would give me an opportunity to explain why I don’t think I am ruining America’s youth.”

“Molly and crew told our stories in the 80’s, helping so many of us dealing with all of the challenges of being a teen,” said Sam Borelli, LA PRIDE Communications Consultant. “That she continues reaching young people, letting them know that their stories matter, that they are real, is why we chose her during this year of youth empowerment.”

SummerTramp Makes a Splash at LA Pride

Gigantic waterslides. Above ground pools. DJ’s. Bars. Hot guys. The fun, wet and wild times are hitting LA Pride for the first time as SummerTramp, a 10,000 square foot portable water park party, slides into West Hollywood for the first time ever for the June 8-10 event.

“West Hollywood Park has been totally renovated for 2012 and this wonderful space has allowed us to be super creative. SummerTramp is already a wildly popular downtown event and now our attendees can ‘Swim and Slide with Pride,'” said Jeff Consoletti, Event Producer. “SummerTramp will help LA PRIDE totally blow it out of the water.”

SummerTramp at LA PRIDE will feature the biggest water slide in California, two above ground pools and a mix of the hottest local DJ’s and hosts all weekend, including Aaron Elvis, Casey Alva, Josh Peace, Chris Bowen, Daisy O’Dell and more. Victor Rodriguez will host

‘The Mess Around Lot Hop’ on both Saturday and Sunday night. “SummerTramp is a hidden paradise where drag queens flirt with lesbians, leather daddy’s swim with WeHo boys, east-side hipsters hang with DTLA queens, jocks canoodle with twinks and gay guys meet ladies,” said co-creator Andres Rigal. “It’s an amazing mix of people of all stripes and dots celebrating summer… together!” Rigal created SummerTramp with international promoter Luke Nero.

SummerTramp, the official LA PRIDE water park, is free with event admission. Advance tickets are on sale now.

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