Carytown Pride offers dog blessings, bubble parade, good times this Sunday
Camille Bird is ready to celebrate how LGBTQ friendly Carytown is – and she wants the rest of RVA to get in on the fun.
Bird, the President of Carytown Merchants Association (CMA) and owner of Sacred Waters Holistic Spa & Boutique in Carytown, is helping lead the CMA for the second year of the event.
“Last year was great,” she said about the party that went down mostly at Babe’s of Carytown. “We kept it small and manageable because it was the first year.”
Last year’s event involved live music and general revelry and the day ended with a corn hole tournament which was “hilarious,” according to Bird because “everyone had imbibed by then.”
“It was a day of happiness – it was really laid back,” she said.
The whole idea started as a kick off event to Virginia Pride week and aimed to offer more events leading up to the big Virginia Pride event which happens the following Saturday on Brown’s Island.
While Babe’s turned out to be a great venue last year, the success from the event lead organizers to open up the Pride spirit to the rest of Cary St. and have their rainbows out from Thompson to the BLVD.
“We wanted to have a more extensive day of it than just one business,” Bird said. The response so far has been amazing.
“When we posted the event, we didn’t really have any of the details yet, but people were liking it and sharing it like crazy – they were excited about it,” she said. “And I think that’s a testament that people like Carytown, but they also just want to celebrate LGBTQ Pride here in town.”
Event details soon followed with Babe’s hosting a party all day, Sacred Water’s will offer free bubbles for a bubble parade, and Dogma Dog Grooming offering dog Blessings.
“It is exactly what it sounds like,” Bird said about dog blessings – a pastor will be attendance for the event and they will give the pet a blessing, a little present and some love. “What celebrates love more than that?” Bird asked with a laugh.
The bubble parade was also high on Bird’s list of things she’s excited about for the event.
“We purchased a ridiculous amount of bubbles,” she said. “We’re gonna stand with as many people as we can get and have a moment of happiness and blow some bubbles up into the atmosphere. If someone needs some silence or a moment to reflect on all the events of the last year – good and bad – and blow it all up in a bubble.”
The bubble Parade is set for 11 AM so make sure to stop by on the way to brunch.
Beyond fun events, many of the merchants in the area who are offering a portion of their sales to the Health Brigade, formerly the Fan Free Clinic, which offers support for a number of LGBTQ issues as well as lower income residents.
“We’ll be helping them get out their new name and new brand and remind the community about all the awesome things they do,” Bird said. “We want to give back to the Carytown community like they are, so we can all get lifted up together.”
While the event aims to be a kind of kick off for VA Pride, Bird is also proud to offer an event that is uniquely Richmond; something that the city and neighborhood can call their own.
“More than just expressing the city’s celebration of Pride, it’s important to remember, in a lot of cities, Pride lasts longer than a week and there’s no reason every neighborhood can’t embrace the moment, don some rainbows and spread some happiness… we’re gonna kiss dogs and blow bubbles and eat, shop and play in Carytown.”
“The more we celebrate Richmond and Richmond-centric things, the more we elevate the city,” she said. “It’s Carytown’s love letter to Richmond’s LGBTQ community.”
Carytown Pride happens this Sunday, 9/18 from 10:30 AM till 10 PM. Make sure to be there by 11 AM to take part in the bubble parade! Keep up with the event on facebook here!
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