VA Pridefest 2015 Schedule of events (with full official Pride Guide)
Virginia Pride 2015 happens this Saturday at Brown’s Island, and its going to be a great chance for folks around around the Commonwealth to come together and celebrate how far the LGBTQ community has come.
Founded by a group of loyal and active community members in the mid-70′s, with a goal to bring awareness of the community, promote diversity and enable unity among the Richmond LGBTQ community members, Virginia Pride’s scope is statewide. Its annual PrideFest, which began as a small community event at the Farmer’s Market, has evolved into a 10,000+ person celebration of the Commonwealth’s vibrant LGBTQ community and its allies.
“We saw an opportunity to grow the event in 2014, and we’re already seeing PrideFest 2015 shaping up to be an even more incredible event for the LGBTQ community of the Commonwealth and its allies,” said Vice President Brian Reach, who also chairs Virginia Pride’s Marketing Committee.
Check out the official Va Pridefest 2015 guide embedded below:
This is the second year that PrideFest will be held on Brown’s Island, allowing the event to accommodate the growing demand for capacity. PrideFest, as always, is family-friendly, free and open to the general public, regardless of how you identify.
RVA Youth Pride, which began in 2014 with the move to Brown’s Island, will coincide with PrideFest and feature a youth and family-focused lineup of entertainment.
Main stage entertainment this year includes former Danity Kane members Dumblonde, who will be performing as the sun sets.
Pridefest were something the girls of Dumblonde had in mind from pretty early on in the groups development.
“You travel from city to city and you have a variety of audiences – some are excited and some aren’t – but at Pride, there is such a love for everything that is happening in that moment, there aren’t other distractions,” said member Bex about why they wanted to start with shows at Pride events.
“When you’re at pride, everyone is there for that moment, to enjoy themselves, and maybe find that person you’ve been trailing on Grindr as well – but the energy is different. It’s rowdy and exciting and you get to perform for people who remind you why you perform.”
Fellow headliner Rayvon Owen was am American Idol Season 14 runner up, fresh off his 2014 debut EP, ’Cycles.’ Already having a large fan base across the U.S., he recently became a household name and “Twitter Save” champion as a Top 4 finalist on season 14 of “American Idol.”
While on “Idol,” Rayvon performed with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Rickey Martin, Boy George and many others. Receiving rave reviews from major outlets, including People Magazine, USA Today and Billboard, he is noted, not only for his star quality and beautiful vocal tone, but for his ability to bring authenticity and emotion to his performances.
There will also be a review by RVA’s own Richmond Triangle Players and drag throughout the day lead by the one and only Michelle Livigne.
Check out the main stage lineup below:
For more information about PrideFest, to make a donation, keep up with Virginia Pride’s year-round activity, or learn more about the organization and how you can participate, visit the Virginia Pride website and join our mailing list at http://www.vapride.org/
Virginia Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations to Virginia Pride are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
The folks at Virginia Pride kicked off their Pride season over the weekend with an event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Performances included My Darling Fury, Trunk Show Band and Toxic Moxie. We were also on site trying to get folks in the Pride spirit by asking them a simple question – “What does Pride mean [...]June 28, 2016
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