Palm Springs Pride 2014, Nov. 7-9, is offering free festival admission as it moves to a new location in downtown Palm Springs. PS Pride will also introduce a new parade route and is offering an unprecedented number of performers and attractions with a diverse lineup of performers gathered to celebrate equality, freedom and diversity in the desert’s LGBT community
Palm Springs is the Bay Area’s favorite gay getaway. The desert community offers a wide variety of gay resorts and yearlong sunshine that the Bay Area craves in the late fall and winter. The city’s gay population is estimated at 40-50%, so there’s more than enough gay folks in the desert to support a good party.
Pride 2014 will feature five entertainment venues positioned throughout the new festival venue on Palm Canyon Drive and Arenas Rd in downtown Palm Springs, giving way to a wide range of musical genres that include emerging indie electro-pop, rock, dance, hip-hop and more.
Palm Canyon Drive is the perfect scenic backdrop for the parade which is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year.
The parade steps off at 10:00am on Sunday, November 9 at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Drive and goes through the Uptown Design District and south where it ends at the Festival entrance at Amado.
Palm Canyon Dr and Arenas Road will be closed to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. Festival goers will be able to enjoy a diverse array of artists, entertainers, outdoor stages, youth zone, children’s garden, multiple beverage gardens, food vendors and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets.
Pride weekend starts with the Stonewall Equality Concert featuring LGBT artists and allies. The outdoor concert will be held November 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is a free, 21 and over event. It will be held a the US Bank Stage, on Arenas Rd between Indian Canyon Dr and S. Calle Encilia.
The concert will feature independent band Story of the Running Wolf, high-energy performer from X Factor Lori Moore, Seattle based pop / dance artist Jake Mozie, and nationally touring Americana artist Jeremiah Clark from Memphis.
The Los Angeles- based electro duo, The Story of the Running Wolf will perform a 45-minute set. They are described as a “synthpop adventure on the darker side of neon, blending 80s influences like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran with high-energy dance tracks.”
Palm Springs Pride 2014 festival highlights include the US Bank stage, Palm Canyon Dr stage, Kalliope DJ stage, Walter DJ stage, and the Pride Stage at HooDoo. The festival will feature full concert performances by English rock band The Psychedelic Furs, riot pop band WASI, Americana, singer-songwriter Jeremiah Clark, London based pop artist Frankmusik, big beat alternative rock band Lunden Reign and the electro-pop, LA-based bands The Story of the Running Wolf and Scavenger Hunt.
The two-day PS Pride lineup includes live performances by pop sensation Amanda Lepore, hip hop artist Irawniq, Icelandic musical group Steed Lord, out singer-songwriter Aiden James, and New Jersey’s out rock musician Josh Zuckerman. Special appearances this year include pop artist Lisa D’Amato, who won the all-star cycle of America’s Next Top Model in 2011, and Quatrel’e Da’an, X Factor season 2’s gender bending revolutionary pop stand out.
Guest DJs will spin from high up on two-story tall stages on Palm Canyon Dr all weekend. The Bay Area loves Burning Man and we will be able to get shades of it at PS Pride. The Kalliope stage is an art car attraction coming direct from Burning Man and Bonnaroo and will be home to DJs Aaron C, Galaxy, Lino, Robb, Aly B and more to be announced. The Walter stage of disco will feature Colour Vision, DJ Coo Ley, DJ Waide Riddle, DJs Twin Tables, and Boys Don’t Disco. Walter is a massive two-story extra-large Volkswagen bus art car from Burning Man.
Festival Emcees include Fiona St. James, Pauly and Monks, Manny De La Rosa and the desert’s very own hostess, social ambassador and Walk of Stars recipient Bella da Ballsm. Bella has coordinated a packed lineup of fifty acts for the Palm Canyon Drive stage. Scheduled to appear are actors and actresses, singers and dancers from stage and screen, recording artists with musical styling ranging from jazz, blues and swing, to country, pop, rock, easy listening, dancing disco beats, to opera, Broadway, comedy and more. Singers will include Charles Herrera and Carol Kamenis, drag personalities including Marina Mac and Sassy Ross, and performances from the Desert Rose Playhouse and the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus.
They’ll be the usual fast food you can expect at festivals but PS Pride also includes a Farmers’ Market by the Certified Farmer’s Markets of the Coachella Valley and Whole Foods Market. Exhibitors include Children’s Headquarters (CHQ), Youth Zone by Safe Schools Desert Cities, and HIV/AIDS testing by Get Tested Coachella Valley. Over 125 exhibitors are proud to be part of the celebration.
Other acts appearing live on the US Bank Stage include Miss Lela Brown, the teen R&B pop sensation from America’s Got Talent, and Asia Monet Ray from Lifetime’s Raising Asia, disco divas Chris Bennett and Pattie Brooks, dance/pop artist Korr-a, hip hop bear Big Dipper, pop artists Blake Lansing, The Love Collective, Ricky Godinez, Noise of Rumors, R&B artist T McCrae, singer / songwriter Cameron Nielson and the incomparable Mona Caywood as Miss Fern and Irene Soderberg.
The lineup on the Pride Palm Canyon Stage includes performances by: Allison Annalora, Bijou, Calypso Ross, Carol Kamenis, Cat Lyn Day, Cher-Javier, Claudia Sussman Court Graves, Dave Hirsch, David McBride, Desert Rose Playhouse, Dios Dios Gracias Dance Co, Empress Lonnie, Eve Holmes, Fabeyonce, Francesca Amari, Jason Hull, Lecia Breen, Liz Loren, Marina Mac, Morganne, Nicky as “Carol Channing”, Noni Lambertson, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Pat McCann, Phillip Moore, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, Rickie Lee, Sassy Ross, Tim Gibbs, Tommy Dodson, and Tony Romano.
The Festival is held on Palm Canyon Dr between Amado and Baristo Rd and on Arenas Rd from S. Calle Encilia to Balardo. The festival is all ages with the exception of the US Bank Stage, which is 21+ Donations will be accepted at entry points to keep Pride free for those unable to give a donation.
The City of Palm Springs, Bud Light and Here TV present the 2014 Pride celebration. Associate sponsors are HBO, Desert Outlook, Edge Media Network, and The Standard Magazine. Rainbow sponsors are Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, Hilton Palm Springs, PS Resorts, The LGBT Center of the Desert, William Wheeler, Fusion Radio, Pride Nation Radio and Rage Magazine. Lambda sponsors are US Bank, Hyatt Palm Springs, ID Lubricants, the Saguaro and Wells Fargo, GED Magazine, KMIR 6, Coachella Valley Independent, Live Magazine, SDGLN.com, SD Pix, and NicholasSnowLive.com. A full list of sponsors and supporters can be seen in this link: pspride.org/sponsors-2.