Posted By: Matt Link Friday, October 26, 2012


With so festivals, events, parties, pageants, and, yes, Pride happening the first weekend in November, we’ve boiled it all down to help you get a handle on your Pride calendar. Some events completely sold out last year (we included the sold-out Megan Mullally concert below just to tease you and to prove our point!), so you’ll want to start booking your tickets now at the Greater Palm Springs Pride web site.

Thursday, Nov. 1st:
3rd Annual Center Stage benefit concert


When: 5:30-7:30 PM – Red carpet arrivals, silent auction, and cocktails; 7-8:30 PM – Concert

Where: Palm Springs Convention Center

Headliner Megan Mullally & Supreme Music belt out the tunes, with special guest emcee Ross Mathews and honoring Woody Baldwin and Senator Sheila Kuehl.



Friday, Nov. 2nd:
Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards Reception

When: 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Hyatt Regency Suites (285 N. Palm Canyon Drive)

The prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. This year’s honorees include Troy Perry, Viola Johnson, Ruth Debra, Mason Davis, AIDS Walk Palm Springs, Arlene Rosenthal, Doug Hairgrove, Warren “Woody” Wood, Gary Moline, Dean McDowell, and the Desert Winds Freedom Band.

Friday, Nov. 2nd:
Broadway in Drag

When: 8 PM

Where: Palm Canyon Theatre (538 N. Palm Canyon Drive)

Palm Springs’ reigning drag diva Bella da Ball hosts this second annual drag pageant where beautiful female impersonators vie for the crown in this lavish production with evening gown, talent, and swimsuit contests. Featuring a special tribute to Philip “Sebastian” Petrie (aka Morgana Le Fay, Miss Broadway in Drag 2011), with celebrity judges and entertainment provided by the Palm Canyon Theatre players.



Saturday, Nov. 3rd:
12th Annual Pride Run and Walk

When: 8 AM, with race day registration starting at 6 AM

Where: Palm Springs High School athletic stadium (Baristo Road and Farrell Way)

Presented by the non-profit Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers, you can opt for a 10K run, 5K run, or a 5K walk on this flat and fast course, with all participants receiving a race T-shirt and goodie bag. Awards will be presented to top male and female finishers in various age categories. Raffle prizes and refreshments will be served after the race.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd:
2012 Palm Springs Pride Festival

When: 10 AM – 6 PM

Where: Palm Springs Stadium Sunrise Park (across from the Palm Springs Library) at Sunrise Way and Baristo

Sunrise Park transforms into “Pride Park” for this two-day outdoor festival held at the former spring training home of the California Angels and Chicago White Sox. Music on five stages, dancing on three separate floors, food trucks, and booths of local LGBT businesses and organizations.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd:
Hands On: Pride at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club


When: 1 PM – 5 PM

Where: Poolside Patio, Ace Hotel & Swim Club (701 E. Palm Canyon Drive)

Gay-owned Ace Hotel is the uber-hip spot to celebrate Pride with professional massages, creative cocktails, a gay roster of DJs and performers, hot guys in Speedos, and killer views of the San Jacinto Mountains from the huge poolside. Part of Ace’s five-day music and arts festival during pride, Hands On is also a benefit for Palm Springs Pride fund to support Coachella Valley Gay-Straight Alliance organizations.

Saturday, Nov. 3rd:
Arenas Block Party 2012

When: 6 PM – 11 PM
 
Where: Arenas Road between Indian Canyon and Calle Encilia
 
“The Castro of Palm Springs” erupts in a street fair, free and open to the public (twenty-one years and older). Guest DJs, American Idol Kimberly Caldwell, two stages, dancing, cocktails, beer, and food booths will keep the gayborhood pumping into the evening.

Sunday, Nov. 4th:
AIDS Walk Palm Springs

When: 7:30 AM Registration and Check-In, 8:30 AM HIV/AIDS Rally featuring Timothy Brown “The Berlin Patient” at, and AIDS Walk begins at 9:10 AM

Where: Kaiser Permanente Bldg., Palm Springs (1150 N. Indian Canyon)

For 25 years, Palm Springs AIDS Walk supporters have been “showing the love” by joining the to raise much-needed funds for client services at Desert AIDS Project. This year, the AIDS Walk will join the Pride Parade marching up Palm Canyon Drive, as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Stonewall Advocate of the Year Award.

Sunday, Nov. 4th:
2012 Palm Springs Pride Parade

When: 10 AM – 12 PM

Where: Palm Canyon Drive, Downtown

Palm Springs’ historic downtown comes alive with rainbow colors for the Pride Parade, with LGBT organizations, groups, businesses, and individuals out in force. This year’s Grand Marshals are: Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded in the Iraq War and national spokesman for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; Glenne McElhinney, an original member of the Dykes on Bikes and an award winning director and producer; and Hank Plante is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and one of the first openly gay TV reporters in the United States.

Sunday, Nov. 4th:
2012 Palm Springs Pride Festival

When: 10 AM – 6 PM

Where: Palm Springs Stadium Sunrise Park (across from the Palm Springs Library) at Sunrise Way and Baristo

Sunrise Park transforms into “Pride Park” for this two-day outdoor festival held at the former spring training home of the California Angels and Chicago White Sox. Music on five stages, dancing on three separate floors, food trucks, and booths of local LGBT businesses and organizations.




 


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