November 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm PST | by John Paul King
Blade guide to Palm Springs Pride
Palm Springs Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

The Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival arrives this weekend.

The Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival is a destination of choice this weekend for many LGBTQ Angelenos and their allies, and with good reason. It’s the largest LGBTQ gathering in the Coachella Valley, set against the palm tree lined backdrop of beautiful downtown Palm Springs and drawing visitors from around the world to celebrate the diversity and unity of the desert community.

Kicking off on Friday evening, Palm Springs Pride is a weekend-long, continuous party, with 4 music venues, cutting edge DJ stages, dancing in the streets, and over 150 food vendors, exhibitors and non-profit organizations on hand to serve your every need.

To make this year’s festival even more festive, for the first time in its history, you can enjoy an adult beverage while strolling through the LGBTQ entertainment experience on North Palm Canyon Drive.
Best of all, the festival is, as always, a free event – though donations will be accepted at entry points to help keep Pride free for everyone to attend.

Keeping visitors occupied all weekend long are a diverse array of artists and entertainers, beverage lounges offering premium cocktails along with wine and microbrews, a selection of festive food purveyors, and a variety of items for purchase including, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. There’s plenty to do, and while many folks enjoy going with the flow at Pride and letting it take them from one experience to the next, it can be helpful to keep a few key times and places on your calendar to ensure you get the most out of the festival – especially when it comes to the entertainment.

With that in mind, here’s the schedule of headlining acts that will be appearing throughout the weekend:

Friday, Nov. 1

Arena Stage:

5:00pm – That ‘80s Band
7:30pm – DJ Autumn Leilani
9:00pm – Kristine W, Queen of the 90’s dance music

Pride Stage:

7:30pm – Prince Poppycock
8:15pm – Ada Vox, pop singer, drag queen & top 8 finalist, “American Idol” ‘18

KGAY Stage:

4:00pm – Ray Rhodes

Saturday, Nov. 2

Arenas Stage:

7:30pm – Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones
9:00pm – Heather Small
9:40pm – Black Sabbitch

Pride Stage:

4:50pm – Sateen
5:30pm – Pepper Mashay
6:30pm – Betty
8:00pm – TLC

KGAY Stage:

2:00pm – Paul Cowling
6:00pm – Ryan Skyy

Sunday, Nov. 3

Arenas Stage:

3:45pm – Maxine Nightingale, Grammy nominated legend of pop and disco

Pride Stage:

4:00pm – OneUp, LGBTQ finalists from NBC’s “The Voice” ‘18

KGAY Stage:

12:00pm – DJ Kidd Maddony

There are a host of other entertainers scheduled the throughout each day of the festival, on these three stages as well as the US Bank Stage. You can find a complete listing and schedule at pspride.org.

You might also want to take note of these scheduled events:

On Saturday from 11a.m.– 5 p.m, the Pride Youth Zone, a free event open to those 14-21, will be the hub for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies at the Pride Festival. The Youth Zone features continuous entertainment and activities, free food and drink, games, dancing, DJ Eric Ornelas, karaoke, seating, contests, games, youth-only confidential testing, drag and make-up fun, great conversation, creative expression, chalk drawing, shade from the sun, toilets and a washing station, safe sex information. Everything is free, and all youth are embraced. Located on Arenas Rd. behind Lulu California Bistro. Pride Youth Zone is the safe space for queer youth to hang out and meet others within the Pride Festival.

On Saturday from 11am – 5pm, and Sunday from 11am- 4pm, you can find the Children’s Garden, a playful place for children — from infants to pre-teen – and accompanying adults, at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive. A private family-only place, offering hands-on fun for you and your kids where all kids are encouraged to have fun during Pride and learn the importance of being proud with who they are – as well as free kid-friendly activities, complimentary snacks and cool drinks, a nap area, and a clean port-a-potty along with a diaper-changing station, to ensure that the needs of a festival-going family are fulfilled. Parents are required to stay in the children’s play area with their children.

Sunday, of course, is also the day of the Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade. Stepping off from Tachevah and Palm Canyon Drive, it travels south on N. Palm Canyon to Amado, where it ends at the festival entrance. There will be emcee commentary at 4 reviewing stands (one at each of the 4 festival stages), remote broadcasts from local radio stations Mix 100.5 and Mod 107.3, and an official online broadcast station at Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. In addition, a Deaf Pride reviewing stand will feature Sign Language Interpretation.

The festival hours are as follows:

Friday, November 1

5pm – 10pm, Arenas District Pride Kick Off Celebration
6pm-10pm, Downtown street Party

Saturday, November 2 – Pride Festival

11 am – 10 pm, Downtown Palm Springs and @ 11:30pm in the Arenas District (exhibitors close at 9pm)

6 pm-11:30 pm, Arenas District Block Party

Sunday, November 3- Pride Festival & Parade

11 am – 5:00 pm, Downtown Palm Springs (exhibitors close at 4:30pm)
11 am – 6:00 pm in the Arenas District (exhibitors close at 4:30pm)
10am – Noon, Pride Parade

If that’s not enough to keep you entertained all weekend long, here are a few other Pride-related events that might be of interest:

Friday, Nov. 1

5pm – 7pm: Kiehl’s Pride Celebration, offering shopping, a raffle, and complementary cocktails and treats (175 N. Palm Canyon Dr.)

5:30pm – 7:30pm: Trina Turk Pride Kick-off. Trina Turk, Mr. Turk and Celebrity Guests invite you to an evening of sipping, shopping and giving back in the Palm Springs boutique. (891 N. Palm Canyon Dr. RSVP requested to palmsprings@trinaturk.com.)

Saturday, Nov. 2

12pm – 4pm: Flagging in the Desert. Gather your friends and come celebrate flagging, magical music and, of course, Pride at Sunrise Park in the heart of Palm Springs, with Los Angeles DJ Michael Duretto providing the day’s soundtrack. Bring your blanket, picnic and refillable bottle – water and ice will be provided. A free event.

12pm – 5pm: Love Boat Palm Springs Pride Pool Party. GED Magazine is proud to present the 2nd Annual Love Boat Pool Party benefiting Greater Palm Springs Pride. So grab your tanning lotion and get ready for an epic day by the pool. This highly anticipated event with multiple big-name DJs, Drag Queens, Live Entertainment, Celebrity hosts, Raffle Prizes and giveaways, and the hottest go-go dancers around. Tickets are $15 to 25 in advance; $30 at the door. (333 E. Palm Canyon Dr.)

Sunday, Nov. 3

9am – 3pm: Pride Champagne Brunch at Eight4Nine. For the 4th consecutive year Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge will offer a Pride Champagne Brunch menu, with parade viewing from the patio, lounge or saved premium seating on the parade route. Additionally, you will be helping your local Pride organization. with 25 percent of the sales donated to Greater Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free and accessible for everyone.Call 760-325-8490 or visit eight4nine.com to make your reservations early, it always sells out! (849 N. Palm Canyon Dr.)

Whether you choose to spend all your time at the festival or spread out and enjoy some of these peripheral offerings, Palm Springs Pride is sure to cap off your 2019 Pride season with plenty of good times to be remembered!

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