Pride Guide Part 5: Gay Pride Celebrations - June 20 to 22, 2014
New Orleans, LouisianaFriday, June 20, 2014 to Sunday, June 22, 2014
The city of New Orleans is famous for Louisiana Creole cuisine and iconic restaurants, vibrant music and the birthplace of jazz, the French quarter district, and the annual fat Tuesday parades and celebrations known as Mardi Gras.
New Orleans is America’s “party city,” and they know how to throw big parties in N'awlins better than anyone.
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The next big party in New Orleans is the LGBT Gay Pride Festival and Parade that begins on Friday, June 20th, and runs through Sunday June 22nd.
New Orleans Pride’s stated mission is “to create an atmosphere where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity and to celebrate and promote the history along with the future prosperity of not only the New Orleans area, but the entire Gulf Coast Region.”
New Orleans Pride 2014 weekend starts June 20, 2014 with Friday’s Pride Kick Off at Boomtown Casino at 8:00PM, which they describe as a cocktail party and Slot Tournament to “meet the local grand marshals, celebrity entertainment and more!” Every one in twenty people attending will win $250 in the slot tournament.
The Boomtown Casino Pride party is hosted by Sandy Anderson as Dolly Parton. The meet and greet includes actor/singer Chris Salvatore, the parade’s celebrity Grand Marshal, artist and model Trevor Wayne, Jaymes Vaughan of the Las Vegas Chippendales, and “out” Pennsylvania state legislator Rep. Brian Sims.
Saturday, June 21st is the Family Day Festival at Duncan Plaza from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. This is a family friendly event so bring your blankets/chairs, and umbrellas and enjoy a family picnic at Pride. Admission to the event is FREE. Musical acts performing at Pride include Chris Salvatore, Jaymes Vaughan, "Dolly," The Josh Garrett Band, 5 Finger Discount, Josh Duffy, and the Esplanade Ave Band.
On Saturday night the LGBT Pride Parade starts at 7:00PM. The Pride Parade features floats, cars, and marching groups and local organizations. Chris Salvatore is the celebrity Grand Marshal, and local Grand Marshals are Tittie Toulouse and Electra Citty. The parade route begins in Duncan Plaza, and makes its way through the CBD and the French Quarter, and into Faubourg Marigny.
The Sunday Pride Brunch with Rep. Brian Sims is at the Sheraton New Orleans is at 10:00AM. Brian will be discussing LGBT issues at the brunch.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is the official name of the state of Rhode Island. Our smallest state in area, the population is a little over a million people. The capital city is Providence, where the 39th annual LGBT PrideFest and Parade 2014 will take place.
Pride Rhode Island’s mission includes “creating opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. Promoting equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts. Providing safe opportunities and venues for people to come out and express and celebrate their sexual identities.”
The theme for Pride this year is “Triumph and Transformation.” The “Triumph” represents marriage equality, as gay marriages became legal in the state in August 2013. “Transformation” is related to the “struggle for transgender inclusivity, and the changing nature of the LGBT community.”
Rhode Island’s LGBT Gay PrideFest and Illuminated Night Parade is on Saturday, June 21, 2014. PrideFest starts at 12:00PM on the Providence waterfront at 345 South Water Street. The Illuminated Night Parade is at 8:30PM. The parade is New England’s only night-time illuminated Pride Parade.
Headlining PrideFest are singers Niki Haris and David Hernandez. Niki Haris was a background vocalist for Madonna for 14 years. David Hernandez competed on season seven of American Idol.
The parade Grand Marshal’s are Rodney Davis and Brian Mills.
Under the leadership and direction of Rodney Davis and Brian Mills, RI Pride has grown to be one of the premier LGBT Pride organizations in the region. The honorary parade Grand Marshal is Stephen Alexander. He is the first out-and-proud, multiple-sport, high school & middle school transgender coach in the United States.
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