The 29th annual Pride celebration, held November 6-8, 2015 in downtown Palm Springs, will be the largest demonstration of equality and diversity ever seen in the Coachella Valley. Considered to be one of the most scenic Pride celebrations in the world, it’s also home to the largest Pride Festival in Southern California, with attendance expected to pass the 140,000 mark. The Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration includes a free block party, two-day festival, parade, and twenty-five official events. The celebration follows Palm Springs Leather Pride weekend October 29 – November 1, 2015.
The global theme of this year’s Pride, “Color Our World With Pride” was selected to show support for all LGBTQ people in communities across the globe. The parade and festival provide a platform to reflect on the advances made in the equality movement and raise awareness and stand against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Named us as one of the Best 11 Gay Pride Festival Trips on the Planet by Jetsetter Magazine, the festival features 120 performances in six, free admission entertainment venues: US Bank stage, Tahquitz stage, the Infusion Beach & Hotel Big-ass amazingly awesome homosexual sheep DJ stage , PNN DJ stage, Pride Stage at HooDoo, Souleil Dance Tent and the Karaoke Stage. The festival will feature full concert performances by 10,000 Maniacs, Frankmusik, the London based pop artist, American Idol Finalist & pop artist David Hernandez, Candis Cayne, Los Angeles based synth pop band DWNTWN, DJ Casey Alva, local pop artist Blake Lansing, Avant Americana genre-bending good time band the Evangenitals, big beat alternative rock band Lunden Reign, GayC/DC the world’s only all-gay tribute to AC/DC, and the rising LA-based pop singer/songwriter Wrabel.
Guest DJs will spin from the top of the Infusion Beach & Hotel Big-ass amazingly awesome homosexual sheep DJ stage, a 40’ wide, two-story tall DJ stage on Palm Canyon Dr at Baristo. The stage will be home to DJs Nick Ayler, Erick Diaz, DJ Femme A, DJ Jake, Steve Sherwood, DJ Paparazzi, Aaron C, Aly B, Serge P, Coo Ley and DJ Waide.
The Souleil Dance Tent promises a full day of house music with featured DJs Cris Herrera, DJ Ala, Trever Hartung, Olga Arteaga, Mikeytown, CaliParis and Saber.
Official Palm Springs Pride Events include (in chronological order):
Pride Honors Awards: Friday, October 9 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
The prestigious Palm Springs Pride Honors Awards are presented annually to individuals to honor the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies. The awards reception will take place at the Hyatt Palm Springs located at 285 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs. Admission: $25 General Admission, $50 Honors Circle, $1,000 Champagne Tables for four. All tickets include complimentary Bud Light, wine and appetizers. For tickets visit: bit.ly/pshonors15.
Honorees include Spirit of Stonewall Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to the renowned photographer Michael Childers and human rights activists Melinda Tremaglio. The 2015 Volunteer of the Year is Brian Wanzek (better known as entertainment personality, Bella da Ball℠). The Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award will be presented to Lisa Middleton and the Friend of Pride will be bestowed on Melisse Banwer. The 2015 Special Guest is Dr. Ronni Sanlo and the Spirit of Pride award recipient is Janet Malachowsky. Great Autos of Yesteryear will be recognized for supporting the community for thirty-two years with the Organization of the Year Award.
Halloween Palm Springs: October 31 (6:00-10:00p.m.)
Join thousands of incredible and unique costumed revelers for Halloween on Arenas Rd. in Palm Springs. Bands, DJs and singers along with cash and prizes for the costume contest. From October 26-30 there will be preliminary costume contests at Chill, Spurline, Hunters, Score and Streetbar with cash and prizes valued at over $200 at each contest.
Halloween on Arenas Rd. has become the not-to-miss event of the. Admission is FREE, but a suggested donation of $5 will benefit Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, LGBT Community Center of the Desert and Greater Palm Springs Pride. VIP Tickets are $50 and include beer tastings, gift bag courtesy of Party City and more, for tickets call 760-409-1530 or visit www.HalloweenPalmSprings.com. The event is held on Arenas Rd. between Indian Canyon and Calle Encilia in Palm Springs.
Rainbow Flag Raising: Friday, November 6 (10:00 a.m.)
Free community event. Palm Springs Village Green
Community leaders will be joined by civic officials at a flag raising ceremony for a rainbow flag which will fly above the streets in downtown Palm Springs for Pride weekend November 6-8. This event will commemorate the 36th Anniversary of the Rainbow flag and will be the official kickoff to a slate of Pride events and celebrations including the parade and festival.
OUT PSP: A Kick Off to Pride Weekend: Friday, November 6 (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
El Mirador Plaza, 4th Floor Outdoor Patio
OUT PSP: A Kick Off to Pride is Greater Palm Springs Pride and the Gay Desert Guide’s kick off to Pride weekend with tastings from Coachella Valley’s premier restaurants, bars and beverage purveyors. Drop in and sip on signature cocktails at our open bar while you and your friends watch the sun set behind the San Jacinto Mountains!
The gathering is our opportunity to recognize and honor Evan Wolfson, National Grand Marshal and the Grand Marshals Randy Johnson and Paul Campion. Wolfson is widely credited as the mastermind behind the legal strategy that won marriage equality for all and Johnson and Campion are two plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case who were married in Palm Springs in 2008.
Recognized as Community Grand Marshals is the nightclub business trio of Mark Hunter, Jennifer Seymour and Patrick Volkert. As co-owners of Hunters Palm Springs, the business partners are recognized for having a positive impact in the region through the support they have provided to community organizations and fundraising efforts large and small.
All proceeds from OUT PSP support the Pride organization’s efforts to foster Pride in and respect for the region’s LGBT communities.
Tickets $50 prior to October 6, $75 after. Other levels of support and recognition $250 Friend, $500 Host, and $1,000 partner. Includes tastings from restaurants, bars and beverage purveyors.
Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club Pool Parties: Official Pool Parties of Palm Springs Pride 2015 – Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 6-8
All parties are FREE!
Welcome Kickoff Pride Cocktail Party: November 6 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
Pride Beach Party: November 7 (Noon to 6:00 p.m.) Drink Specials, Giant Beer Pong, Giant Twister, Pool Volleyball and poolside DJs
Sunday Funday Pride Pool Party: November 8 (Noon to 6:00 p.m.) Drink Specials, poolside DJs
DJs All Weekend!
Hacienda’s Beach Club is truly a sun lover’s paradise in a classic Palm Springs setting. Entertainers from around the world will get your mind, body and spirit where they need to be.
Think ‘fresh’! From fresh air to fresh food and drink to a fresh holistic musical vibe, you will have the opportunity to move and groove to the music, try your hand at one of our two bocce ball courts, or simply chill around the pool enjoying one of our handcrafted margaritas.
This visually stunning location is where the mountains meet the desert and skin meets the sun and air. Whether around the massive outdoor bar, lounging around the pool, or in the luxurious comfort of your own private cabana, Hacienda Beach Club is the place to be and be seen in Palm Springs.
VIP cabanas available for reservation all weekend. Contact Leslee@HaciendaCantina.com for pricing and details.
Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA. No Cover all weekend, 21+. www.haciendacantina.com
Latino Party : November 6 (7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
7:00 p.m. Doors Open – No cover
8:00 p.m. Homo Estas? Latinas Show $5 Cover
10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. Latin Dance Club $10 Cover
100 % proceeds made at each door event benefit Greater Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free to attend
Pride Meet & Greet Party at CCBC Resort: Friday, November 6 (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)
Complimentary Margaritas, DJ Gruvbehr
Tickets $20 online as part of Weekend Pass at http://bit.ly/ccbcparty or $25 at the door. Clothing optional. 21+.
CCBC Resort is the largest clothing optional gay men's resort in the nation, featuring infamous pool parties with award-winning DJs.
CCBC Resort, 68300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City, CA. 92234. Tickets are $20 in advance online at pspride.org or $25 at the door. 21+
Broadway in Drag Pageant: Friday, November 6 (8:00 p.m.)
Palm Canyon Theatre’s wildly popular Broadway in Drag! pageant returns. See a bevy of beautiful show queens vie for the crown in this lavish production around the glitz and glamour of Broadway. The contestants will be judged on evening gown, talent and swimsuit by a unique panel of judges. Hosted by Palm Springs’ own drag diva, Bella da Ball℠.
Broadway in Drag is a unique, one-of-a-kind Pride event that crowds continue to flock to year after year. Last year’s production was a smash hit and kicked off Palm Springs Pride festivities with real bang! Don’t miss your chance to see Palm Canyon Theatre’s Broadway in Drag pageant. This event continues to sell out year after year so get your tickets early! Broadway in Drag is an Official Palm Springs Pride Event. The Palm Canyon Theatre is centrally located at 538 N. Palm Canyon Dr. in Beautiful Uptown Palm Springs.
Admission is $35.00; $50 VIP Seats/Voter’s Circle. For tickets, call 760-323-5123 or order tickets online at: www.Facebook.com/PalmCanyonTheatre or at www.PalmCanyonTheatre.org
Two-Day Pride Festival: Friday and Saturday November 7 and 8 (times vary by stage)
Palm Canyon Dr. 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Sat & 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sun
Tahquitz Stage 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Sat & 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sun
Arenas Stage 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Sat & Noon – 6:00 p.m. on Sun
2nd year in New Downtown Palm Springs Location! Free Admission!
Palm Canyon Dr. will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California. Enjoy a diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Dr. and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride.
Festival highlights include: US Bank stage, Tahquitz stage, the Infusion Beach & Hotel Big-ass amazingly awesome homosexual sheep DJ stage, PNN DJ stage, Pride Stage at HooDoo, Souleil Dance tent and the Karaoke Stage. The festival will feature full concert performances by 10,000 Maniacs, Frankmusik, the London based pop artist, American Idol Finalist & pop artist David Hernandez, Candis Cayne, Los Angeles based synth pop band DWNTWN, DJ Casey Alva, local pop artist Blake Lansing, Avant Americana genre-bending good time band the Evangenitals, big beat alternative rock band Lunden Reign, GayC/DC the world’s only all-gay tribute to AC/DC, and the rising LA-based pop singer/songwriter Wrabel.
The two-day lineup features live performances by soulful pop artist Marcella Detroit former Shakespear's Sister, emerging artist Sam Tolson and the DJ Baz show “Cuban Nights”. The incomparable Irene Soderberg returns to the Pride stage as does techno-pop, Seattle singer Jack Mozie. Special appearances include the former local resident, Brian Scott who has always been a favorite across the Valley with his hugely popular country voice, and the modern music band from Joshua Tree, Small Wonder Experience.
Guest DJs will spin from the top of a 40’ wide, two-story tall DJ stage on Palm Canyon Dr at Baristo. The stage presented by Infusion Beach & Hotel is known as the Big-ass amazingly awesome homosexual sheep DJ stage and will be home to DJs Nick Ayler, Erick Diaz, DJ Femme A, DJ Jake, Steve Sherwood, DJ Paparazzi, Aaron C, Aly B, Serge P, Coo Ley and DJ Waide.
The Souleil Dance Tent promises a full day of house music where you’ll be free to dance, dance, dance with featured DJs Cris Herrera, DJ Ala, Trever Hartung, Olga Arteaga, Mikeytown, CaliParis and Saber.
Festival Emcees include the desert’s very own hostess, social ambassador and Walk of Stars recipient Bella da Ball℠. Bella has coordinated an impressive lineup of 100 entertainers for the Tahquitz stage. The stage will feature individuals and groups performing, singers, dancers, drag personalities, celebrity impersonators, gay men, lesbians, transgender, straight men and women allies, all coming together to have a great time with music-comedy-song-dance-costuming-headdresses-photo ops-audience participation. Performers have appeared locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on stage, screen, in movies and television, in theatre, on tour, with many having CDs and DVDs released.
Transgender entertainer Allison Annalora, recent McCallum Open Call Finalist, will appear and the National Anthem will be sung November 7 by Doug Graham and November 8 by Jerome Elliott. Vocalists will include Carol Kamenis, Keisha D, Morganne, Eve Holmes, Francesca Amari, Roger Snofsky, Robbie Wayne, Tommy Dodson, David Hirsch, David McBride, and many others. Groups appearing include the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Steven Michael’s Dance Machine, and Carnival Cabaret.
Drag personalities scheduled to appear include Marina Mac, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer, Anita Rose, Cher-Javier, Cherilyn, Eddie DLite, and many others.
The newly crowned Broadway in Drag from Friday evening’s pageant at Palm Canyon Theatre is scheduled to appear.
Features include a Children’s Headquarters (CHQ) space for games and crafts, the Youth Zone by Safe Schools Desert Cities, and HIV/AIDS testing by Get Tested Coachella Valley. Over 150 exhibitors and non-profit organizations, food and beverage vendors will be on hand along with the Tahquitz Beverage Garden by Trio, the Arenas Beverage Garden, and a Dance Tent Beverage Garden featuring Bud Light, Deep Eddy Vodka and Rex Goliath wine.
The Festival is a free community event held on Palm Canyon Dr. between Amado and Baristo Rd. and on Arenas Rd. from S. Calle Encilia to Balardo. Donations will be accepted at entry points to keep Pride free.
Hot Wet & Proud Pool Party “4”: Saturday, November 7 (Noon to 10:00 p.m.)
Join men from around the world for a day of sunshine, music and fun. This colorful, gay men’s resort hotel is 6.7 miles from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Noon-3:00 p.m. free BBQ and DJ Gruvbehr.
1:00 p.m. Jersey Shore and Mr. CCBC Nude Contest Winner
2:00 p.m. Mr. CCBC Palm Springs Pride Contest
8:00 p.m. DJ Gruvbehr until 4:00 a.m.
Admission is $25.00 in advance as part of Weekend Pass; $30 at the door. For Weekend Pass visit http://bit.ly/ccbcparty. Clothing Optional. 21+
CCBC Resort is located at 68300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234. 760-324-1350. www.ccbcps.com
DYKE MARCH & Rally: Saturday, November 7 (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
Be a part of Lesbian History. Why?
We are marching in Palm Springs Pride as an official event of Pride Weekend. This is a call to the Valley, Inland Empire and beyond to be a part of the First Annual Dyke March On Saturday, November 7th. We will start gathering (PURPLE ATTIRE REQUESTED) at Jackie Lee Houston Park directly in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center at 4:00 p.m. Women will be marching united and striving to bring awareness to all women’s issues. The one mile walk will begin at the gathering site around 5:00 p.m. We plan to take the Arenas Stage about 6:00 p.m.
Water will be provided but make sure you have a sun hat!
Bring your signs, musical instruments and your great energy. There will be plenty of parking. For those returning to their cars later in the evening consider the BUZZ bus. For more information and details on the route please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will provide you with details about the march, speakers, parade participation, etc. as the time draws near. Let’s color our world with Pride. Join Women United Palm Springs as we celebrate all women and their allies.
PLUS – Look for The DYKE March contingent in the Parade on Sunday gathering at 10. Be there to meet and greet your sisters! See you there! Facebook.com/psdykemarch
Arenas Rd. Block Party ’15 presented by Hunters: Saturday, November 7 (6:00 – 11:00 p.m.)
Free event, 21+
Located between Indian Canyon Dr. and S. Calle Encilia on Arenas Rd. in downtown Palm Springs. www.pspride.org
This street party has become a highlight of Pride weekend. Join guest Emcees for live music and featured headliners, standout stars, and live performances on the US Bank stage. Featured headliners include Candis Cayne, Frankmusik, the London based pop artist, pop singer Wrabel, Los Angeles based synth pop band DWNTWN, Ricky Rebel, and a spectacular closing act Not Exactly, Deadmau5 Tribute.
Bring your friends downtown and celebrate Pride weekend on Arenas Rd., home to a large collection of gay bars, restaurants and local businesses. This is a 21+ event. Admission is free. Sponsored by Hunters Palm Springs, the block party is located between Indian Canyon Dr. and S. Calle Encilia on Arenas Rd. in downtown Palm Springs.
3rd Annual Official Ladies’ Party: November 7 (6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.)
Chix Mix Returns
Alibi Azul presents the Official Ladies’ Party of Palm Springs Pride for women who love women.
6:00 p.m. Doors Open – $5 Cover
7:00 p.m. TBA Show – $5 Cover
10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Chix Mix Returns – DJs, Lady Dancers, Lady Bartenders. 21+ event. $10 Cover
100 % proceeds made at the door benefit Greater Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free for everyone to attend
Alibi Azul, 369 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs www.alibiazul.com
Women’s Pride Dance: Saturday, November 7 (7:30 to Midnight)
Presented by L-Fund and Rainbow Women. A benefit for lesbians in crisis in the Coachella Valley. Admission $20 in advance from www.l-fund.org, $30 at the door.
Additional information: 760 574-3595 or 760 318-6794.
Hard Rock Hotel 150 S. Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs. www.l-fund.org/
“Hey T!” Official T-Dance Party: November 8 (Noon to 7:00 p.m.)
Noon to 3:00 p.m. – Jersey Shore – Sunday Disco Drag Brunch!
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Hey T Official T-Dance $5 Cover (Budweiser All you can drink! $10)
100 % proceeds made at the door benefit Greater Palm Springs Pride to help keep Pride free for everyone to attend.
Alibi Azul, 369 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs www.alibiazul.com
After Hours Dance Party: Saturday, November 8 (12:00 a.m. – 4:00 A.M.)
Come frolic under the stars at the Official Pride after hours party for men at CCBC Resort, the largest clothing optional gay men's resort in the nation.
Tickets are $20 in advance as part of Weekend Pass and $25 at the door. For Weekend Pass visit http://bit.ly/ccbcparty. Clothing optional. 21+.
CCBC Resort, 68300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City, CA. 92234.
Dish Creative Cuisine Official Event: November 8 (9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
(Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. from the front door of Dish Creative Cuisine at Tachevah Dr. and Palm Canyon Dr.)
Celebrate the 29th Annual Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade in typical Palm Springs style at the Official Parade Kick-Off point at dish Creative Cuisine. Experience all the action in a prime balcony location with VIP seating as the parade contingents pass right in front of the party. dish Creative Cuisine is a proud Official Partner and will donate $10 of each ticket sold to Greater Palm Springs Pride.
Tickets are $100 in advance and $125.00 at the door subject to availability. Located at 1107 North Palm Canyon Drive at Tachevah in the historic Twist Building in the Uptown Design District. 21+
Call now for reservations as this event always sells out 760-322-7171 or visit www.dishCreativeCuisine.com .
29th Anniversary Pride Parade: Sunday, November 8 (10:00 a.m.)
Steps off in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. and travels south through downtown ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado Rd.
Known for its crystal blue skies and year-round sunshine, the city of Palm Springs comes alive during the annual Pride celebration. 60,000 spectators are expected to gather along palm tree-lined streets to cheer and support local organizations, activists and themed floats along historic Palm Canyon Dr. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 8 at 10 a.m.
Recognized as Community Grand Marshals are nightclub business trio Mark Hunter, Jennifer Seymour and Patrick Volkert who co-own Hunters Palm Springs. Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, one of the lead legal and political organizations in the marriage equality fight, will be the National Grand Marshal and
honored as Grand Marshals are plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, Paul Campion and Randell Johnson who married in Palm Springs on July 3, 2008, in the legal “window” before Prop 8 prohibited same sex marriages.
Poolside Mimosas and music! Sunday, November 8 (10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
DJ Gruvbehr spins at the clothing optional CCBC weekend pool party. Mimosas
Served Pool Side along with Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance as part of Weekend Pass online at bit.ly/ccbcparty and
$25 at the door.
Clothing optional. 21+. CCBC Resort, 68300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City. 760-324-1350. www.ccbcps.com