Friday, June 13, 2008

My Favorite Time of Year :: Gay Pride

How can you not love a day when people dress like this and strut right down Main Street? It's Pride Weekend in Portland and finally the sun has come out. This is the first year Lipstick and I won't be at the Curve booth and I feel a little lost. Especially since there are so many events to choose from this year! I'm not sure where to go.

I know I'll be watching the parade on Sunday and I know I'll be Out Like That after the Dyke March. Other than that, I just don't know where I'll be. But one thing is for sure, I'll have my Pride On!  Make sure you check out at least one of these great events:

Saturday June 14th (4:00pm)
My friend Dionne invited me to check out the Black Pride Block Party and BBQ with her. 
Portland Black Pride is closing down the streets in front of Crush bar (Crush. 1421 SE Morrison) to throw the biggest block party of the year and it's open to everyone. Come on down for the DJ's performers, BBQ and beer Garden and break-dance performances and 
musical performance by Brooklyn's KIN4life. At 10:00pm the party moves
into crush for more DJ's and dancing!

Dyke March (7:00 PM)
After hanging at Black Pride for a while, we'll head downtown for DykeMarch 2008. Step off  is at North Park Blocks (NW 9th and Davis) around 7pm. Gather at 6pm with loud signs and
louder voices!
The Dyke March is open to all women, biological or otherwise - no sign-up or registration required. Just come out with your banners, signs, noisemakers, and beautiful dyke selves, and join in the march. Allies are encouraged to support the Dyke March from the sidelines.

TransMarch 2008 (7:00pm)
The SECOND annual Portland Trans March will kick off from the NW park
blocks (9th and Davis) at 7PM on Saturday, June 14th. The Trans March
will happen at the same time and in the same place as the annual
Portland Dyke March, however, these are two separate marches, creating
solidarity and community between the groups.

Out Like That (7pm-2AM)
After marching our little feet off, we'll head over for some great Mexican Food and margaritas at Out Like That at the Jupiter Hotel. Vicci Martinez, an incredible singer-song writer who has opened for Annie Lennox and Sting will perform. And our favorite, sweet, yet hot the Rose City Sirens Burlesque Troupe will perform. The party is sponsored by Tribe, Dingos, and Curve magazine, so you know it's going to be great! Plus, if you've never been to the Jupiter Hotel, that in itself is something to see. 

Sunday June 15th (11am)
The main event!  Portland's Pride Parade. With over a hundred different diverse groups marching, this parade is guaranteed to be a blast! The Parade will take place on Sunday June 15th On the North Park Blocks. The Parade steps off at 11:00am.

Our Portland Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer Parade is your
opportunity to march down the streets of downtown Portland showing your pride! With a crowd of over 50,000, Portland Pride is Oregon's
third largest parade. We will march through the streets of Portland
Sunday morning and end up at Waterfront Park for a big celebration! I will be watching somewhere near Pioneer Square. 

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