Palm Springs Pride is Southern California’s popular and longest-running LGBT festival in the Coachella Valley.
Considered to be one of the most scenic Pride parades in the world, the Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration marks its 28th Anniversary, November 7-9, 2014, with block parties, a free two-day festival and parade in Palm Springs, California.
Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. A diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride.
Official events include:
Pride Honors Awards: October 10 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
The prestigious Greater 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. The awards will be presented October 10 at a reception at the Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs located at 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.
Palm Springs Pride Golf Classic: November 7 (8:00 a.m. shotgun start)
Drive Fore Equality with an 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start/4 player scramble. Cost includes green fees, cart fees, breakfast and lunch buffet, contest prizes, and free instructional clinic at 7:00 a.m. Don’t Play Golf? Come to free Instructional Clinic or be a sponsor! Sponsor a hole for only $100. Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, 1885 Golf Club Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264. Entry: $99 per player with $10 of each fee going to the Pride Fund. Secure your foursome today! Contact J. Glover 760-275-7035, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadway in Drag Pageant: November 7 (8:00 p.m.)
Kicking off Pride festivities, the Palm Springs Canyon Theater will raise the curtain to a bevy of beautiful female impersonators as they vie for the crown in this lavish production which promises to delight, entertain and amuse. The contestants will be judged on evening gown, talent and swimsuit. The Palm Canyon Theater is located at 538 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. Admission is $35.00; $50 VIP Seats/Voter’s Circle. For tickets call 760-323-5123 or online at www.palmcanyontheatre.org.
Two-Day Pride Festival: November 8 and 9 (11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. November 8 and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. November 9)
Enjoy the rainbow mile in downtown Palm Springs! The Pride festival is free and open to all. Festival highlights include: US Bank Stage, Pride Stage at the Hyatt, the Big Top Cabaret and Palm Springs Gay Rodeo Association Country Dance tent. The festival will feature live performances from queer electro-hop superstars to eclectic musical and new wave techno-pop bands. Features include Children’s Headquarters (CHQ), Safe Schools Youth Xone, and specialty lounges and multiple Bud Light and cocktail gardens. Over 125 exhibitors and non-profit organizations, Farmers’ Market, & food vendors.
28th Anniversary Pride Parade: November 9 (steps off at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. at 10:00 a.m.)
Known for its crystal blue skies and year-round sunshine, the City of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual Pride celebration. 60,000 spectators will gather along palm tree lined streets to cheer and support local organizations, activists and themed floats along historic Palm Canyon Drive. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 at 10 a.m. stepping off in Uptown at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr and traveling south on Palm Canyon Drive to downtown and ending at Amado.
The parade ends around 12:30pm. The parade route travels directly to the opening gates of the Pride Festival. Plan ahead so you can enjoy FREE entry to the Pride Festival at the end of the Parade route.
Other official events will include Pool Parties, the Ladies’ Party Saturday night at Georgie’s Alibi Azul Patio, and the Oscar’s Sunday Tea Dance.
Online at www.pspride.org