Everything you need to know about Virginia Pride Fest 2014
Virginia Pride Fest 2014 happens THIS SATURDAY (9/27) and there’s a mess of things you should know before you head on down to the festivities!
First off, it looks like the weather is set to be stellar – so stay comfy and bring sunscreen!
Here’s a message from the folks at pride which should help clear up a lot of details as well:
Virginia Pride’s mission is to be a vehicle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender awareness, networking and education to reach the broader Commonwealth Community.
“PRIDEFEST is the result of the many people, groups, sponsors, artists, and partners who support this community celebration. By moving this year to Browns Island, we are allowing the community more options for entertainment and more space to enjoy the festivities,” said Maureen Scott, the marketing co-lead for Virginia Pride.
Entertainment: The line up this year is focused on local and regional entertainment, and lots of it. On the ABSOLUT main stage, PRIDEFEST will be featuring Richmond local bands Big Mama Shakes, Moossa, Beautiful Zoo, Voodoo Dolls, Killer Tofu and The Handsmiths from DC. “ We decided that Virginia has so much local talent that we want to support, so we chose bands that have been headliners locally for all the timeslots so that everyone would have the chance to see a great band whenever they could attend PRIDEFEST,” said Rich Forrester, entertainment committee chair. “We also have Richmond Drag Headliners and the introduction of Miss Va Capitol City Pride, Michelle “CuzimEdgey” Livigne.”
New to PRIDEFEST this year is the addition of the RVA Youth Pride Area- which includes family friendly activities such as Arts and Crafts, a Photo Booth, Henna and Face painting, and a kid’s woodworking project. RVA Youth Pride welcomes local RVA musicians, Susan Greenbaum, The Articles, and Manatree to the stage. Providing additional entertainment is Jonathan Austin and HATTheatre. “We have created a schedule that balances what people can watch with what they can actually do,” said Shannon McKay, RVA Youth Pride committee chair. “Our entertainment and activities are not just for children, but for parents and their kids, tweens, teens, and young adults too!”
Patience Salgado (aka Kindness Girl) will also be heading the The Tapestry of Human Kindness project- a crowd sourced public art project using story and weaving to create a tapestry that represents the human family including people of all kinds. Participants will answer a question and write it on a long strip of fabric which they can then weave on a large loom. Together everyone will create a tapestry to be shared as a public art piece of shared humanity.
After Pride wraps up, there’s plenty to do around town with all of RVA’s LGBTQ bars in full swing for the special day.
“We’re really focusing on becoming a lighthouse for the community. We don’t want to be a one-day event anymore, and I think that’s what people want.”October 1, 2014
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