Solidarity Through Pride

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The Palm Springs LGBTQ Pride Festival returns November 4-6, 2016 with expanded talent lineup.

Palm Springs Pride will host a diverse group of artists including, dancers, singers, musicians, activists, and DJs gathering under the theme of Solidarity through Pride to celebrate diversity, equality, and solidarity.

The November 4-6 Pride Celebration will take place in downtown Palm Springs. The lineup was announced today by the organizers of the annual celebration Greater Palm Springs Pride.

This year’s all-inclusive Palm Springs Pride Festival lineup will be headlined by ska legends and iconic ‘80s band The English Beat, Book of Love who is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a USA reunion tour. Chicago-based rock ‘n’ roll band, Jinx Titanic and the Ladykillers, queer rock band Pansy Division, and the high energy The Gand Band. The free two-day Pride Festival features all-girl Americana style rock ‘n’ roll band Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters, East Nashville’s Amelia White and the musical, and romantic duo Branden & James.

desert1016_nogirlfriendsGayC/DC the world’s only all-gay tribute to AC/DC and the four-piece all female rock band from Los Angeles No Girlfriends, along with electropop band Devin Tait and the Traitors will help highlight the unique musical styles that celebrate diversity in our community. The Trans Rally on Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. will feature performances by Allison Annalora, Lindsey Deaton, and Paulina Angel.

desert1016_sheaAn assortment of electronic, pop, hip hop, and rock ‘n’ roll artists will perform, including singer and guitarist Shea Freedom, Young Jibwe, an Ojibwa hip-hop artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ciscofoya, and a hot new artist on the rise Yaysh. Popular southern California singer and Rock ‘n’ roll band Tomasina round out the list of stellar performers.

desert1016_tomasinaDJ KinkyLoop, DJ Aaron C, and DJ Waide will join over 100 artists scheduled to perform throughout the festival weekend including the DJ Baz “Cuban Nights” show.  Festival Emcees include the desert’s hostess, social ambassador and Walk of Stars recipient Bella da Ball℠, Pauly and Monks, Ruba Wilson, and KJ as Joan Rivers.

desert1016_rubaWith 100 performances, the diverse lineup of artists will offer something for everyone including special appearances by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Modern Men and Harmonic Voices. All performances take place outdoors on the US Bank stage, Tahquitz stage, Pride Palm Canyon Stage sponsored by Desert AIDS Project, and the Hyatt Palm Springs stage. ASL will be provided for the deaf community at the Arenas, Tahquitz, and Palm Canyon stages.

The Arenas Rd. Block Party on Saturday, Nov 5, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. will feature performances of psychedelic rock, pop, drag, and rock ‘n’ roll. The party starts with the Dyke March Rally at 6:00 p.m. then the all-girl rock band Corday. Rusty Waters takes the stage and hosts the Drag Me to Brunch troupe to start the night with feather boas and a little glitter. The night continues with pop artist Z LALA, and YouTube star Madilyn Bailey whose channel has 2.9 million subscribers. The glamorous and cutting-edge Priscilla Empress of Pop will get you dancing in the street before LA’s punk-pop electronica band Ediblehead headlines the night.

desert1016_paulymonksFeatures of the Pride Festival include a Children’s Headquarters (CHQ) space for games and crafts, the Youth Zone by Safe Schools Desert Cities, and HIV/AIDS testing by Get Tested Coachella Valley. Over 150 exhibitors, non-profit organizations, food, and beverage vendors will be on hand along with the Tahquitz and Arenas Rd. Beverage Gardens by Trio.

 


The Festival is a free community event held on Palm Canyon Dr. between Amado and Baristo Rd. and on Arenas Rd. and Tahquitz Canyon Way from S. Calle Encilia to Balardo. For more info visit pspride.org.

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