This year's Pride fest joins two awesome ideas: giving back and grinding it up all night on the dance floor. Although these ideas were never mutually exclusive, the teamwork and community evidenced during this year's Pride preparation is exciting! Another exciting thing: hot pants.
These events, unless otherwise noted, are at the Main Stage at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A complete guide to Pride events can be found at pridenw.org.
Friday, June 15
6 pm Pulse Pride Dance Party —The second annual Pulse Pride dance party kicks off with DJs Dougalicious, Paul Song, and superstar DJ Tony Moran bringing the beats as the sun goes down.
9:30 pm Gaylabaration —see "Your Top 10 Pride Events!" on pg. 27.
Saturday, June 16
2:30 pm Portland Lesbian Choir —Journey covers feel appropriate to balance out all the Beatles the Portland Gay Men's Chorus is bringing this year.
3:30 pm Bruce "TD" King —Singer and comedian Bruce the Drag King warms up the crowd with some super sweet guy yuks.
5:15 pm Nina Sky —You may remember the identical twins from smooth R&B duo Nina Sky with their hit "Move Ya Body." 2010 revealed that making "the fellas go" was solely sister Natalie's interest. Nicole came out of the closet and wedded up—although she remains an ally to making "the fellas go."
6 pm Portland Dyke March —I don't think there's anything that thrills my heart more than women supporting women, in leather, waving, and making suggestive hand signs. Gather just outside the gates of the Waterfront Festival after the Nina Sky performance.
8 pm Inferno —This is the official Pride party. If you are partying anywhere else, it is not sanctioned. Check out the burlesque, vendors, DJs, and dancing! Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill, $11-15
Sunday, June 17
2 pm Bobby Jo Valentine —He means everything he croons. Let him whisper-sing some sweet promises to you and the person next to you. Mind his eyebrows.
3 pm Portland Gay Men's Chorus —If you missed the Portland Gay Men's Chorus' performance on Saturday night at the Schnitz, maybe they'll put you on a chair and surround you with song. Wait, no, that's the Backstreet Boys. Oh well, they LOOK just like the Backstreet Boys.
3 pm Pride VIP Backstage Party —This year, Pride is offering VIP passes as a way to raise funds and keep the fest affordable for everyone. Purchase a VIP pass for $50 (or $75 for two) and get into the VIP Backstage Party. Maybe you'll meet one of those Backstreet Boys!
3:30 pm Kim English —Impart to me the wisdoms of life, dance diva Kim English. Dance divas are the most wise.
5 pm Cazwell —Queer rapper and songwriter, Cazwell takes the stage! What rhymes with Cazwell? Tell me!
5:25 pm Colton Ford —What do you think about former porn stars turned pop stars? I think they're great! OMG arms!
Meanwhile, this whole time: Pride Block Party —The secret is out! Sharon Needles is headlining the block party. This year's winner of RuPaul's Drag Race joins Grammy nominee and Broadway star Frenchie Davis to sweetly seal the Pride party weekend. Also: DJs, aerial acrobatics, sexy male underwear show, sexy male underwear show! Red Cap Garage, 1035 SW Stark, Sun June 17, 1 pm, $15-40, a benefit for the Q Center