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Pride options include Capitol Hill, downtown again this year
Pride options include Capitol Hill, downtown again this year
Pride March on Broadway; QueerFest at Volunteer Park; Seattle Pride Parade along 4th Avenue; and PrideFest at Seattle Center

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

Pride weekend will be full of options for the region's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. However, the four main events - scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill on Saturday and downtown on Sunday - are shaping up to be major destinations for the Pride going public, according to event organizers.

The Seattle LGBT Community Center will host QueerFest: Pride Festival and Pride March on Capitol Hill on Saturday, June 23; Seattle Out and Proud (SOAP) will hold the Seattle Pride Parade downtown along 4th Avenue on Sunday, June 24; and newcomer, One Degree Events, will hold its PrideFest at the Seattle Center after the parade on Sunday, June 24.

QueerFest and Pride March are free to spectators. Likewise, the Seattle Pride Parade is free to parade watchers. PrideFest is also free, except for an after party produced by One Degree Events at Level 5. The Seattle Gay News spoke with the organizers this week about their respective events.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23
The Seattle LGBT Community Center's QueerFest: Pride Festival on Capitol Hill on Saturday, June 23, will begin at 11 a.m. with the Pride March proceeding north along Broadway, starting at Pine and ending at E. Prospect. Senator Ed Murray, Representative Jamie Pedersen and Congressman Jim McDermott have been named the Grand Marchers of the march and will lead the procession. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington State, the organizational Grand Marcher, will fallow behind them.

At Volunteer Park, QueerFest continues from noon to dusk with two stages of music and entertainment, organizational and business booths and food vendors. The Cal Anderson Art Walk, a showcase of art from local LGBT artists co-sponsored by 4Culture, will be a new addition this year.

Former Miss Gay Seattle XL, drag artist and activist Aleksa Manila will act as mistress of ceremonies. The line-up of entertainment will include popular acts, as well as up-and-coming artists. The Erika Wright Band, Animal Prufrock, Camille Bloom, God-dess & She, Sister Hyde, Beehive, Alabaster, will be among the musical entertainment. Local favorites, such as the Rainbow City Band, the Purple Passion Swing Band, Bad Actor Productions, Sapphire Knight from The Court of Seattle, Chica Boom and the Queen Bees will also perform. Spoken word artists from the Bent Writing Institute will contribute their works. In addition, Barbara Sehr, Jen Kober and Steven Carriker will grace the stage.

The popular free outdoor movie screening, presented by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, will return this year. The movie Hairspray! will be shown at dusk.

According to Shannon Thomas, Executive Director of the Seattle LGBT Community Center, the festival will have increased in "size and scope" when compared to last year. She also said it was not too late to sign up for the Pride March or to be a vendor at Volunteer Park. Visit www.queerfest.org for more information. QueerFest is also looking for Pride volunteers, she added, e-mail volunteerpride@seattlelgbt.org for details. Proceeds from the Saturday event will benefit the Seattle LGBT Community Center.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24
Seattle Out and Proud will hold its second parade along 4th Avenue on Sunday, June 24. The Seattle Pride Parade will kick-off at 11 a.m. at Union Street and end at Denny Way. The parade announcer's booth and ADA viewing area will be located at Westlake Park between Pike and Pine on 4th.

Mark "Mom" Finley will be the official parade announcer this year. The 2007 Grand Marshals include: Dennis Coleman, Artistic Director of the Seattle Men's Chorus; Kiantha Duncan-Woods, Board President of Seattle Black Pride; and the Gay Fathers Association of Seattle. The Celebrity Grand Marshals, Jane Abbott Lighty, Pete-e Petersen and Chuck Lazenby, are featured in the documentary film Inlaws & Outlaws.

Awards totaling $4,000 will also be offered to exceptional Pride Parade entries.

For more information about the Seattle Pride Parade, visit www.seattlepride.org.

Following the parade on Sunday, June 24, will be PrideFest at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and surrounding lawn. The event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. features a beer garden, speakers, entertainment and booths from nonprofits and businesses alike.

The entertainment will take place on the main stage and in the "acoustic café." The line-up includes performers, such as Inaya

Day, Reina, and Abigail; DJs Bryan Pfeifer, LA Kendall, Kyler from C89.5, Wasabi; and comic Jen Kober. State Senator Ed Murray, who is only the second openly Gay person to serve in the Senate, is scheduled to address the crowd. During his time in the legislature, Murray sponsored and helped to pass an anti-bullying measure, a non-discrimination bill and domestic partner legislation.

Egan Orion, Owner and Principle Producer of One Degree Events, said PrideFest will be a "celebration for the whole community" and "will kick some butt."

"We have a great lineup of sponsors that has enabled us to put everything back into the event," he said. "Even though we only had 6 weeks to create a top-notch festival, we make no excuses for time. ... [It is] definitely going to be one mighty Pride."

Orion's company is also producing several parties on Pride weekend: one on Capitol Hill on Friday; one at the Seattle Center on Saturday and another nearby the Seattle Center on Sunday. One Degree Events is also hosting a private meet-and-greet with Frenchie Davis at Neumo's on Capitol Hill on Friday, June 22, to raise funds for Lifelong AIDS Alliance. A $10 suggested donation is requested.

According to Orion's website, a "minimum of 25 percent of the net proceeds from the One Might Pride Party and PrideFest will benefit local LGBT community non-profits."

For more information about PrideFest or to reserve a booth or table, visit www.seattlepridefest.com.



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