Sacramento Pride 2010

Saturday’s Sacramento Pride Festival kicked off with the 2010 Pride Parade starting from Southside Park (its previous destination). The parade moved from the park up 7th Street and ended up at 7th and Capitol. Attendance was estimated at 10,000 for the day. As with most other festivals food, merchandise, informational, and services booths were set up all around Capitol Mall from 3rd to 7th street. A children’s play area was set up in front of the Wells Fargo Offices. There were several stages set up for entertainment and announcements. Sacramento Mayor Johnson and other elected officials gave opening statements and the festival officially started after 11:00 a.m. The event seemed well organized and the Pride Festival may have found a new home for the next few years. Many acts came to entertain and I had the opportunity to catch several of them. Of the many live entertainment shows I was able to catch acts by the All Gospel Choir and the Gay Men’s Chorus who performed a couple of arrangements after Mayor Johnson’s opening statements. There were also several cheer squads performing at the 4th Street Stage. The Sacramento Sirens Cheer Elite, Cheer SF, Cheer Sacramento and Folsom Cheer Elite showed of their stunts for a fairly good size crowd. A band that performed on the Second Saturday event, RWCB (Rendezvous w/Cool Beans), played several songs as […]

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Dyke Night kicks off PRIDE

Sacramento’s PRIDE 2010 kicked off with Dyke Night, an evening of music and entertainment on the west Capitol steps to lead into the new location of this year’s festivities on Sacramento’s Capitol Mall near between the Tower Bridge and the Capitol building. Here are some moments: Two women in the audience respond to the performers on stage. Allyn Pharo and her dog Sterling. The crowd filled the lawn in front of the west Capitol steps. Aurora (top and bottom) played to the crowd. Emcee and Organizer Hilary Hodge keep the pace going throughout the evening. Tina Reynolds, Equality Action Now, gave folks an update on Prop.8. Dancers from Hot Pot Studios (above) moved their bodies slowly to the music and react after falling down (below). Dean Brian Baker, Trinity Church participated with C. Foster and Jovi Radtke’s “Spoken Word”. Jace and Brando performed with the Kings of Drag. Other performers included Der Spazm and Sappho’s Serenaders. For a copy of the official Sacramento PRIDE program:sacramentopride.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/sac-pride-program-only.pdf The Sacramento Pride Festival will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 am to 5 pm along the Capitol Mall Avenue. SacPress Photos | Kati Garner  

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Sacramento Pride Grows Up to Role as California’s Capital Pride!

With an iconic new location–Sacramento’s scenic Capitol Mall, expanded marketing efforts and a growing roster of prestigious corporate sponsors and exhibitors, the 26-year-old Sacramento Pride Festival is expected to break attendance records on Saturday. The June 19 Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attracting an estimated 10,000 visitors and bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of economic benefit to Sacramento’s downtown area. Festival admission is $10. After a number of years at South Side Park, the Festival will move to Capitol Mall in 2010, where a street-festival layout sandwiched between the Tower Bridge and the State Capitol dome is expected to add novelty and cachet to “California’s Capital Pride.” Adding to the buzz are headline entertainers from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, a new high-energy Amtrak Dance Pavilion featuring popular regional DJs, and give-aways including $50 in free play at Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, California State Fair and Village People concert tickets, music downloads from Masterbeat and more. Featured on two live stages will be “Ru-Paul’s Drag Race” winner Bebe Zahara Benet, singer-songwriter and LOGO Channel star Joel Evan; musical comedy duo That’s What She Said (TWSS); and Kaylah Marin, whose dance remix single “On the Floor (Oh Baby Please)” hit #4 on the Billboard Club Play Charts. Local favorites include songstress Gwen McMillin, folk singer Joshua Macrae, and […]

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$10 Buys Big Value at Sacramento Pride

Let’s face it—a sawbuck just doesn’t go very far these days. But thanks to generous corporate sponsorships and a year’s worth of robust volunteer effort to build the event, Sacramento Pride is shaping up to be the best value of the region’s summer festival season! Sacramento Pride Festival, Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be held at Sacramento’s scenic Capitol Mall for the first time this year. To go along with its exciting new location, Pride’s volunteer organizers are bringing in new attractions, star-power entertainment, and excellent swag–all for the price of a $10 admission ticket. Here is a list of the top 10 added values for guests attending Sacramento Pride: 1) $50 Casino Bucks from Sacramento Pride Title Sponsor Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel Don’t throw that Pride Festival ticket away! Printed on the reverse side is your coupon for $50 in free casino play at Jackson Rancheria. (Offer only applies to new customers, who are not currently members of Jackson’s Dreamcatcher Club®. However, Jackson Rancheria has been so touched by the support of the LGBTQI community that EXISTING club members may submit their tickets for $25 in free Casino Bucks!) 2) 10 Free Music Downloads from Masterbeat Look for volunteers wearing Masterbeat T-shirts at our new high-energy Amtrak Dance Pavilion. They’ll be handing out Masterbeat cards good for 10 free music downloads at […]

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Sacramento Pride Reinvented

This is not your daddy’s Sacramento Pride! Sacramento Pride is making big changes in 2010, all aimed at transforming the annual regional celebration of LGBT culture and accomplishments into an event worthy of its new tagline, California’s Capital Pride. The list of changes begins with the day-long Pride Festival’s move this year to Sacramento’s Capitol Mall. The Festival will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. Sandwiched between the State Capitol dome on the east and the golden spans of the Tower Bridge on the west, the Festival’s move to the scenic city gateway is intended to raise visibility and emphasize the important role of the LGBT community in Sacramento and statewide. The Festival’s move from Southside Park, where the festival has been held for the past several years, to Capitol Mall has been warmly received by city officials, who awarded the event an $8,100 City of Festivals Grant for the first time this year. “Sacramento’s LGBT community is essential to making this city a great place to live, work and play,” said Councilmember Ray Tretheway. “The State Capitol and Tower Bridge will be the perfect backdrop as thousands of people from throughout the state and nation gather to celebrate our capital’s annual pride festival.” Also new in 2010: An amped-up entertainment line-up, featuring several nationally-known acts as well as a […]

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