Virginia’s Pride season is in full swing and we have even more festivals for you to mark your calendars! Not only are these events packed with food, music, and entertainment to fill your day, but their host cities are also bustling with more to pack in for a fun-filled weekend. Four of Virginia’s pride festivals are coming up and we’ve asked their directors to give us the scoop. And, visit Virgnia.org/LGBT to plan your trip.
When? September 16, 2017, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Where? Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall
How long has your Pride event been taking place?
This is our 6th annual Pride Festival – the first was in 2012.
How would you characterize your locality and your Pride event?
Our Pride has been dubbed “the unicorn Pride” by other Pride boards – because we are indeed unique. While most pride leadership in Virginia is male, our board is mostly female, our president is a lesbian, and our festival is super family-friendly. We have a whole Spirit Grove of religious organizations as vendors. And we have a ton of straight allies, a very racially diverse crowd, and a lot of youth and trans youth from throughout the region. People who come to our pride talk about feeling so welcome, affirmed, uplifted, and happy the experience it. My son’s baseball coach said, “The Cville Pride festival is the one day a year when Charlottesville lives up to everything it purports to be.” In other words – it feels super safe and friendly to everyone.
Tell us more!
This free, family-friendly event offers people throughout Central VA and beyond the chance to celebrate and experience the diversity and vibrancy of the local LGBTQ community. There’s something for everyone: a children’s area, with a giant moon bounce, games, face-painting, balloons, and more; a beer and wine garden and food trucks; over 50 vendors representing businesses and organizations with resources, special offers, and interactive activities; Pride merchandise; music, dance, and drag entertainment all day long. The high-energy party features a DJ dance party, a hip-hop showcase, singer-songwriters and break-dancers, rock bands, and several drag shows, headlined by Miss Symone Bishop, Miss South Carolina Pride.
The C’ville Pride Festival ends a full week of Pride Events – there’s something for everyone! See the full list of events and details about the festival at cvillepride.org.
What entertainment is featured at your Pride?
The entertainment this year is directed by Dreama Belle, our entertainment director. A local radio favorite, Remy St. Clair, is our music director. They are co-hosting the festival and bringing together an amazing variety show with a diverse selection of talent that represents LGBTQ artists of every kind.
- Drag headliners include: Symone Bishop, Miss South Carolina Pride; Chicki Parm, Cherry Poppins, Bert Darling, Bunny Nicole
- Local live music bands will rock it out: Butterfly Vendetta, Jaewar & VibeRiot, Harli & House of Juniper, Equally Opposite, more singer-songwriters and the C’ville Women’s Choir
- Hip Hop Showcase: Beautiful singing from Not3z, Nay Nichelle, and breakdancing battles from The Hooligans. This is an …read more