Halloween—traditionally a time devoted to the wee ones who trick-or-treat through their local neighborhoods—has somehow turned into one of the most fun holidays of the year for kids AND adults. And for many in the Palm Springs Valley, it has the advantage of being linked to Palm Springs Pride—the annual event that celebrates “pride for all” in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies community. So naturally, tons of masquerade merriment will ensue. This year, the festivities start off with a party and costume contest for all things Halloween on Thursday, October 31, on Palm Springs’ Arenas Road. Hostess with the Mostess Bella Da Ball will be emceeing an event that offers live music, great prizes, and some of the most outrageous outfits seen on the streets of our fair desert cities!
I short order, the 27th Annual Palm Springs Pride Celebration—whose theme “It’s Time” is a nod to the past as well as to new hope, new beginnings, and renewed promise of continued future progress toward full equality for all—will take place from Friday, November 1 to Sunday, November 3 at multiple venues throughout the valley. A non-stop roster of things to do, places to go, and people to meet will have even the most energetic among us tuckered out by weekend’s end. Just some of the events include musical happenings and concerts, nuptials performed at the feet of Forever Marilyn, the two-day Pride Festival at Sunrise Park, pool parties, cocktail soirées, parades, and more!
Block parties on Arenas Road and at the Forever Marilyn Park will regale guests with live music, hot DJs, plenty of opportunity to hang out with old friends, and the chance to make some new ones. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing internet sensation Steve Grand perform (check out the YouTube video of his beautiful original song, “All American Boy”). And of course, Pride Weekend wouldn’t be complete without the ever-entertaining Pride Parade down Palm Canyon Drive on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. TV personality, funny man, and best-selling author Ross Mathews (well-known from his intern stint on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as a frequent guest host on Chelsea Lately, and as the host of his own E! weekly talk show, Hello Ross) will be the Celebrity Grand Marshall. And Joe Jervis—who writes the immensely popular, insightful, and provocative blog Joe.My.God will be the National Grand Marshall. Once again the talented kids of the Palm Springs High School Marching Band will perform, and numerous special guests will be honored.
As a longstanding ally of the LGBT community of the Palm Springs Valley (and beyond), I couldn’t be prouder than to once again be a part of this amazing affair. I hope you’ll come on out and bring the entire family to this wonderful weekend of activities. www.pspride.org