Hey—your pride is showing! Pride 2009 is gearing up to sweep downtown Las Vegas with a parade, a handful of concerts and plenty of parties to keep you feeling, well, gay, all weekend long.
The Fremont Street Experience will host five free concerts in advance of the annual Gay Pride Parade. The parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday on West Charleston Boulevard. and will follow Fourth Street to Ogden Avenue. The parade will be broadcast live on Cox channel 96 and online at cox96.net. Several rebroadcasts are also planned. Organizers say the 2009 Pride Parade promises to be “the most glamorous, glittering spectacle ever created by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of Southern Nevada.” Sounds pretty good, eh?
Season four Amazing Race champion Reichen Lehmkuhl will host tomorrow night’s festivities on Fremont Street. Performers will include Justin “Take My Breath Away” Lanning (5:55-6:10 p.m.); Temphest Blue (5:20-5:45 p.m.); former “American Idol” contestant Dezmond Meeks (6:15-7 p.m.); and Louie Louie (8:10-10:55 p.m.). All concerts will take place on the Third Street stage.
Parade prizes will be awarded for best walking units, vehicle units and floats, and after the traveling festivities are done there are a plethora of fiestas to keep you busy well into the night.
Here is Weekly’s brief overview of our picks for the most fabulous events this weekend.
The official Pride Parade after-party with the latest dance and chart-topping hits. Free shots and Bacardi specials.
VJ Alpyne and a special performance by Naked Boys Singing in the main room at Krave while the Katwalk competition continues.
Pop singer Melissa G, DJ Nina Sky and the Miller Lite Boys hit up Piranha for their Gay Pride Parade afterparty.
For Pride Festival Day, everyone is welcome: GLBT families, couples and singles plus friends and straight allies come together at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater beginning at 10 a.m. There will be vendor booths, a dance tent and two stages with performance by headliners Martha Walsh, Justin Lanning and Guy B. They’ve also added a Family Fun Zone this year for GLBT parents and children under 12. $6-$10.
Nina Sky performs live at a VIP meet and greet.
Another evening of competitors for Krave’s next billboard model. Janice Dickinson and Andrew Christian judge the finale while The Perry Twins from L.A. spin live. DJ Kiss spins for CandyBar.
Ms. Gay California USA, Justice Paige, hosts with a live performance by American Idol’s Seysha Mercado.
Blue Moon Resort:
Las Vegas’ premiere clothing-optional gay resort hosts the official T-Dance. The event starts at noon and guys should arrive early to grab a spot by the pool. Hot go-go boys dance to sounds by DJ Danny G.
A pool party for the ladies takes place courtesy of the Women’s Empowerment Network of Las Vegas (WEN). Hot go-go girls, raffle prizes, and drink specials at the Luxor pool
Good, clean fun as Krave converts its main room dance floor into a foam-filled wonderland for the first time ever. The Katwalk winners host and DJ Morningstar spins house. Wear bathing suits or beach attire, or remain fully clothed!
The official Pride afterparty takes place at Cathouse nightclub for Closet Sundays.