Palm Springs Pride Mascot the Rainbow Duck – Photo Credit: Gaystarnews.com
In most cities, LGBTQ Pride starts June or July. In Palm Springs, sunny weather lasts all year round, with warm temperatures constant even through the holiday season – which means that Palm Springs Pride takes place right before Thanksgiving. In this post, we’ll recap Pride Palm Springs style!
For more on the city’s busy calendar, check out this rundown of October events in Palm Springs!
This year’s celebration started November 1st, concluding November 6th with the parade itself. Music and arts events filled the Pride Week calendar, culminating in the Equality Concert on November 4th. Festival Emcees included the “Desert’s Hostess” Bella da Ball, and glamorous and avant-garde Priscilla Empress of Pop.
Palm Springs Pride Emcee Bella da Ball – Photo Credit: Blog.acehotel.com
The festival is the largest LGBTQ event in the Coachella Valley, and this year marked its 30th anniversary. Palm Springs Pride’s 2016 theme, “Solidarity Through Pride,” was created to highlight recent breakthroughs: “We celebrate what it means to be a member of this beautiful community, to remember those we have lost, and to look towards the future.” The forty-nine victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando were named “National Grand Marshals” in memoriam.
Pride is far from the only local LGBTQ event – check out our post on LGBTQ culture in Palm Springs!
Palm Springs is part of the Coachella Valley, whose eponymous annual music festival is famous worldwide. Palm Springs Pride hosts a diverse group of performers including dancers, singers, musicians, and DJs. This year’s lineup was headlined by iconic 80’s band The English Beat, queer rock band Pansy Division, Book of Love, and Jinx Titanic and the Ladykillers. The two-day concert series also featured GayC/DC, the world’s only AC/DC tribute band.
Parade Attendees – Photo Credit: Huffpost.com
Each year, festival events are centered on Palm Canyon Drive and Arenas Road. Palm Springs is very pedestrian-friendly, which means that its street festivals are extremely walkable events. Pride is no exception, and this sprawling weeklong celebration is a great opportunity for visitors to explore the city. Local landmarks like the Saguaro and the Ace Hotel and Swim Club customarily host Pride-affiliated events, so check for local accommodation packages for Pride attendees.
This year, the family-friendly event included a Children’s Headquarters space with games and crafts and the Youth Zone by Safe Schools Desert Cities. Palm Springs Pride is a free community event, with donations collected at entry points.
Palm Springs Pride Costumes – Photo Credit: Palmspringslife.com
Planning for 2017 is already underway, and next year’s festival lineup is sure to include exciting musical and cultural performances. If you’re in the area, don’t miss this vibrant LGBTQ Pride festival!
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