This article was published on October 25th, 2018
Sin City is known for a lot of things, and having one of the best gay pride festivals and weekends is one of them. This year was no exception. Held at the end of October, Las Vegas Pride is awesome because it’s after the busy traditionally recognized June Pride month events, it’s a cooler time of the year in Vegas when the temperatures are much more reasonable for an outdoor event, it doesn’t conflict with other events on the gay agenda, and it’s a less busy time because families have settled back down into their regular routines. In short, Las Vegas pride is one hellova weekend that should be on every gay boy’s event calendar.
One of the many things that makes Las Vegas Pride unique is their Pride parade is hosted on a Friday night; not the usual Sunday parade. An insane array of electric floats, lights, and costumes, the Las Vegas Pride parade is the largest annual parade held in Las Vegas. Stepping off at 8:00pm through downtown Las Vegas, the colorful, vibrant parade is filled with costumes, dancers, marchers, activists, sponsors, and bands. The two-hour long parade of elaborate floats and entries include community organizations, not-for-profit groups, corporate partners, local businesses, bands, and political parties.
After the parade was the Glampyres party at the Orleans Arena. Morgan McMichaels from RuPaul’s Drag Race slayed the stage with a fantastic set that energized the audience. Diva Erika Jayne, a long-standing advocate for the LGBT community, best known for being on The Housewives of Beverly Hills, also performed live. Her performance was hot, hot, hot, and so were the backup dancers she had performing alongside her. DJ Chris Cox closed out the night hitting the decks with beats that kept the dance floor moving.
The Las Vegas Pride festival was held on Saturday and Sunday. The main stage performers including Drag Race alum Blair St. Clair and transgender social media star/influencer/activist Jamie Wilson on Saturday. Entertainer Sean Van der Wilt and San Antonio queen Ada Vox where the featured performers on Sunday at the festival. Headlining the weekend was CeCe Peniston who wowed the audience with a fantastic set. The festival, held at Sunset Park, was filled with food trucks, not-for-profit groups, community partners, and local businesses. There was also an adult-only playground with BDSM demonstrations, among other fun kinks, throughout the weekend.
In addition to all these great Las Vegas Pride activities, the rest of gay Vegas was bumping and moving all weekend long. A queen who needs no introduction, Bianca del Rio, kicked off the weekend on Thursday night with a stop in Las Vegas of her tour Blame it on Bianca. The Action Adrenaline Party, held at the World Market Center on Saturday night, featured a fun DJ set by Nina Flowers.
The new Hamburger Mary’s, which just had their grand opening 2 weeks ago, served up pridesters with delicious food and hilarious drag entertainment from local queens.
VOSS Events ever-so-popular drag brunch held at Senior Frogs in Treasure Island Hotel and Casino was an over the top, side-splitting event.
The Cirque Du Soleil show, Zumanity, at the New York New York Las Vegas Resort & Casino was packed for every show after offering discounts and packages for visitors in Las Vegas for Pride. And from old Las Vegas to the strip, the bars and night clubs throughout Sin City also had special Pride events and celebrations, painting Vegas in bright rainbows all weekend long.
If you missed Las Vegas Pride this year, you’ll want it on your fun, fab, fierce queer events for the 2019 calendar year. Don’t miss Sin City’s best weekend: Las Vegas Pride.
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Las Vegas Pride Parade 2018 | Photo credit: Brian Webb | www.TheHomoCulture.com
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