compiled by Rick McKinnon
PRIDE AROUND WASHINGTON
AND IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
RAINBOWS OVER ST. HELENS
A PRE-PRIDE KICK OFF PARTY
TO BENEFIT RAINBOW CENTER
On Thursday, June 30, at 9 p.m., at The Mix (635 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma), join Miss Gay Washington and the Imperial Court of Tacoma The Diamond Empire. First prize is $100 cash plus two tickets to the Rainbow Centers annual gala with lots of others prizes for runners-up. $2 cover benefits Tacomas Rainbow Center. www.thediamondempire.org.
SATURDAY IN THE PARK
VANCOUVER, WA PRIDE
On Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Esther Short Park (W. Columbia Ave. and W. 8th St., Vancouver, WA), celebrate Vancouvers Bigger, Better, Brighter GLBTQ Pride for SW Washington. On Sunday, June 26, Vancouver hosts their 7th annual Gay Pride Pageant, 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show, at The Northbank Bar (106 W. 6th St., Vancouver, WA).) http://sitppride.info.
OUT IN TACOMA/
OUT IN THE PARK
On Saturday, July 9, from noon to 6 p.m., in Tacomas downtown Theater District (on Broadway, between 9th St. and 11th St., and on the plaza between The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and the Pierce Transit Park/staging area), Out in Tacoma presents the 2011 Tacoma/Pierce Country Pride Festival.
www.rainbowcntr.org or www.outintacoma.com.
B PROUD PRIDE WEEK
On Sunday, July 10, from noon-5 p.m., at Bellingham Farmers Market (1100 Railroad Ave., Bellingham), the Bellingham Pride Festival will be held. The Bellingham Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, July 10, prior to the festival. For more information, visit www.bhampride.org.
VICTORIA, BC PRIDE
On Sunday, July 10, at noon, the Pride Parade steps off from Government and Pandora Sts. and travels to the Pride Festival at MacDonald Park (Oswego St. and Simcoe St., Victoria) which starts at 1 p.m. Enjoy live bands, drag performances, vendors, food fair, community groups, childrens entertainment and beer garden. A Sunset Harbour Boat Cruise will be held on Friday, July 8, from 7-10 p.m. This annual event will take you on a breathtaking tour of the Inner Harbour, and surrounding area. See cruise ships, the Johnston Street Bridge, and everything in between. Fantastic music, company, and giveaways help make this a memorable evening. www.victoriapridesociety.org.
TRUE COLORS PRIDE WEEK
Club Out & About (327 W. Lewis, Pasco) will host an LGBTQ Film Festival on 7/10 at 4 p.m., an 18+ Drag Bingo & Drag in a Bag Contest on 7/13 at 9:30 p.m., an Out & About Idol: Karaoke Contest on 7/14 at 9 p.m., the Miss Gay Columbia Basin Pageant on 7/16 at 9 p.m., and the Pink Party on 7/17 at 6 p.m. On 7/15 at 6:30 p.m., the Rainbow Awards will be presented in Walla Walla at a location to be determined. On 7/16 at Keewaydin Park (W. 4th Ave. and S. Auburn St., Kennewick), a W4W softball game will be held at 11 a.m. and a M4M kickball game will be held at 1 p.m. On 7/17 the Pride March will step off on Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick at 2 p.m. and march to Keewaydin Park for the Pride Festival from 3-6 p.m.
Kitsap County celebrates Pride on Saturday, July 16, at Bremertons Evergreen Park (1500 Park Ave.). www.kitsappride.org.
NORTH AMERICAN OUTGAMES
PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL
The annual Pride Parade, from noon-3 p.m., travels through the downtown corridor along Denman St. and ends at the Sunset Beach for the Pride Festival. The 150 parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups and 650,000 spectators. The celebration continues at the Sunset Beach Pride Festival, which attracts 125,000 people and features ive music by local performers and headliners. The festival includes 140 booths with a diverse range of products, services, and a private, beachfront beer garden. www.vancouverpride.ca.