Pride Vermont 2013

Author: , September 8th, 2013

Pride Vermont LogoJust when you thought it was safe to put your pride flags away, Vermont has different plans for you. While the Pride Festivities of New York, Boston and other Northeast cities are a distant memory, every September, Burlington holds it’s annual Pride Parade, celebrating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Pride Vermont 2013 will take place Sunday, September 15th from 12:30 pm – 5 pm. It begins with the Parade, which starts at the south end of Church Street and ends in Battery Park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

The Parade may finish in Battery Park, but that’s where the next festivities begin. The Vermont Pride Festival, best described as one big party, embraces the whole LGBT community (including our beloved allies). True to its Vermont heritage, expect to see people of all ages and backgrounds, from drag queens to the curious. The Festival runs from 1pm – 5pm and includes musical performances, booths featuring local LGBT organizations and other vendors, a children’s activity tent, and of course a beer tent.

A first for Pride Vermont this year is “OUT on Church Street.” On Friday, September 13th, from 6pm – midnight purchase a Street medallion, sold at participating businesses or through Pride Vermont. With the medallion (which costs $10 and benefits PRIDE Vermont), get 10% off at participating restaurants, shops, and stores, including Macy’s.

If you’re a foodie and looking to get your fill of local Vermont favorites, you’re in luck. Running concurrently with Vermont Pride in Battery Park is Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo brought to you by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association. Northern Decadence features a wide array of events, including a tent filled with Vermont-based food vendors, cooking demos, and beer and wine tastings. There will be a Silent Auction with offerings such as ski passes, retail gift certificates and stays at Vermont Inns. Northern Decadence is $5 to enter (free for children) and runs from noon – 5pm.

For a full list of events for the week leading up to Pride and the weekend itself, visit Pride Vermont.

See you there!

Gay Pride Season in Review

Author: , July 5th, 2013

Gay Pride FlagAs Pride Season reaches a fever pitch, we have more recaps from gay pride celebrations around the world.

Chicago Pride 2013

At the Advocate, they have some photos from Chicago Pride:

A special thanks to Stephanie Vaughn and Patric Butler of Flickr for contributing photos.

Fire Island Invasion of the Pines 2013

Over at Joe.My.God, Joe has some photos from the Fire Island Drag Invasion:

Yesterday my pal Jerry accompanied me to the Invasion Of The Pines, the 37th annual marking of the day in 1976 when a drag queen was denied service at a restaurant in Fire Island Pines. Every Fourth of July since then, hundreds of drag queens board a chartered ferry in Cherry Grove and “invade” the Pines for a day exploding with glitter, feathers, and lots and lots of drinking.

San Francisco Pride 2013

And Queerty brings you “The Celebrities, Characters And Shirtless Men Of San Francisco Pride”:

With an estimated 1.6 million queers and their fans overwhelming two square miles of the already pint-sized city to celebrate Pride and marriage equality, San Francisco was more fabulous than ever. We caught Dustin Lance Black (above, center) on camera while out with friends, musicians Kimberly Caldwell hanging out with Peaches & Herb, and the usual plentiful supply of shirtless people to boot.