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It’s almost November, and that means it’s time for Palm Springs Pride, as it makes a colorful return from November 1–7, 2021, the first full-scale Pride event of this size in California since before the COVID pandemic. With the festival and performances occurring in outdoor venues, the LGBTQ+ community and its allies will be welcomed to Palm Springs for a safe, joyous celebration of community. The worldwide theme for Pride this year is “You Are Included.”

Palm Springs Pride Parade Route on Palm Canyon Drive

The open-air street festival will take place between Amado and Tahquitz on Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs’ “main drag” downtown, and will include the surrounding area with the new downtown city park at Museum Way and Belardo, and the new installation of “Forever Marilyn.”  There will be open-air beverage lounges, food vendors, community resources, a festival marketplace, T-Mobile Youth Zone, and a Children’s Garden, and free health resources like HIV testing, and even COVID testing and vaccination. Weekend hosts include Bella da Ball, Jason Stuart, Shann Carr, and Scott Nevins.

Main Stage performances include Shannon, The Perry Twins, and headliner Jody Watley on Friday night Nov. 5, Beth Sacks and headliner Third Eye Blind on Saturday night Nov. 6, and wrapping it all up on Sunday, Nov. 7 is headliner A Flock of Seagulls. The main stage and three others are packed with performances throughout the weekend from acts as varied as the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Cheer LA, Drag performances, comedy acts, vocalists of local and international acclaim, and more. See below for the full lineup details.

Arenas Road, home to gay shopping and nightlife, just steps from Palm Canyon Drive, will have its own stage with DJ’s spinning to keep you dancing in the streets, while you gather your friends for a selfie on the newly-painted rainbow crosswalks at either end of the block party.

The centerpiece event of the Pride celebration is of course the Pride Parade on Sunday morning, which steps off at 10:00 a.m., on Sunday, November 7, in the Uptown Design District on N. Palm Canyon Drive at E. Tachevah Drive and travels south to downtown ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival. Enjoy emcee commentary as parade contingents move along Palm Canyon Dr. and pass by official reviewing stands. The Parade usually lasts two hours and is a free event. This year will welcome the thunderous roar of San Francisco’s Dykes on Bikes Women’s Motorcycle Contingent for the first time, and there will be a special parade contingent to highlight the 71 countries that outlaw same-sex relations between consenting adults. The parade will also feature a significant youth contingent, made up of Gay-Straight Alliance organizations from around the region, and high school marching bands. Unique entries in the Parade include LGBTQ supportive businesses, organizations like Brothers of the Desert, PFLAG, Free Mom Hugs, DAP Health, Palm Springs city council members, employees, and the Human Rights Commission.

In the days leading up to Palm Springs Pride, the community is invited to show their spirit and support of all-inclusive love by participating in the “Light Up the Night” display and contest, presented by Alaska Airlines and sponsored by KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs, Gay Desert Guide and VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations. Using pink and rainbow lights, participants will decorate their homes to celebrate Pride and demonstrate a commitment to breaking down barriers of discrimination and hate. These glowing displays will be entered in a contest to win a Caribbean cruise courtesy of VACAYA LGBT+ Vacations, with air travel for two on Alaska Airlines.  Businesses will also be showing their support for Pride with a window decorating contest.

In addition to the downtown street festival and the Sunday parade, a variety of official Palm Springs Pride events take place over the days leading up to the weekend and into the weekend, including: 

George Zander Candlelight Vigil and March
Monday, November 1, 2021 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
New Downtown Park at Museum Way and Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA

Pride Drive-in Movie Night screening
November 3, 2021 (5:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
presented by Nissan
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Rd

Flag Raising
Friday, November 5, 2021 (10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
Presented by Lighthouse Dispensary

Palm Springs Coming Out Celebration
A Night of Hundred Stars
Friday, November 5, 2021 (5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.)
Palm Canyon Drive from Museum Way to Tahquitz Canyon Way

Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, November 5, 2021 (6:30 p.m.)

Front Runners Pride 5K Run and Walk
Saturday, November 6
West Chino Drive and Belardo Road

5th Annual Palm Springs Pride Golf Tournament
Saturday, November 6 (7:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Resort in Palm Desert

Girlz Skate Jam
Saturday, November 6 (5:00–7:00 p.m.)
405 S Pavilion Way, Palm Springs

PS Drag Brunch Pride Edition
Sunday, November 7 (9:00 a.m. – Noon)
Roly China Fusion

1107 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
EIGHT4NINE Restaurant & Lounge Champagne Brunch and Parade Party
Sunday, November 7 (9:00 a.m.)
849 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs

Trio Pride Parade Party
Sunday, November 7 (9 a.m. until parade ends)
707 N Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs

Skater Girlz After Parade Party
Sunday, November 7 (2:00–10:00 p.m.)
The Alibi Palm Springs, 369 N Palm Canyon Drive


The Palm Springs Pride Performer Lineup 

Performers will come together on four stages, including the Effen Vodka Main Stage on Palm Canyon Drive at Amado, Park Stage presented by DAP Health in the new City Park, the Alaska Airlines Altitude Lounge on Belardo between Museum Way and Tahquitz, and the Arenas Stage hosted by Channel Q on Arenas Rd at Calle Encilia.

Lineup and times are subject to change and include:

Third Eye Blind – The band behind hits “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Never Let You Go” will headline the Palm Springs Pride Festival at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov 6, on the Main Stage. 

The musical journey that has brought us “Jumper,” “How’s It Going to Be,” and the 2018 EP of cover songs “Thanks for Everything” finds Third Eye Blind collaborating with Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells (“Screamer”), Ryan Olson of Marijuana Death Squad, and Poliça (“Who Am I” and “Got So High”), and the album’s musical consigliere, Billy Corgan. 

The Robyn Party – This Party is Killing You! The original and longest-running tribute dance party to the Swedish pop icon, Robyn.  The DJ and Party trio ADVENTURE[s] include Russ Marshalek, Marley Magaziner, and Christopher Choyce.  Friday, Nov 5 at 7:00 p.m. Arenas Stage. 

A Flock of Seagulls – Grammy® award winner, A Flock of Seagulls, led by 80s legend Mike Score, will take you on a stroll back in time and relive those awesome 80s radio and MTV video hits “I Ran (so far away),” “A Space Age Love Song,” “The More You Live, The More You Love,” and ” Wishing (if I had a photograph of you). Sunday, Nov 7 at 4:30 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Jody Watley – Grammy® Award winner and R&B dance artist will headline the Palm Springs Pride Coming Out Celebration. Friday, Nov 5 at 8:00 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Shannon – International queen of dance known for her 1984 hit “Let the Music Play,” which reached No. 8 on the pop charts and topped the dance charts. The song is recognized as a founding force for modern-day pop electronica. Shannon will appear Friday, Nov 5 at 6:30 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Jeanie Tracy – The soulful Dance Diva and top ten Billboard artist, Jeanie Tracy is known for recent club hits “The Power,” “Cha Cha Heels,” and “Party People.” Tracy is a two-time Grammy® winner for her songs on Carlos Santana’s SUPERNATURAL cd and the Titanic Soundtrack.  Other hits include “Livin’ for Your Love (Your Love),” “I’m Your Jeanie,” “Sing Your Own Song,” and “Can I Come Over And Play With You Tonight.”  Friday, Nov 5 at 7:30 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Beth Sacks – Direct from New York! International acclaimed house artist has been working with international circuit remixer and Producer DJ Aron since 2012. Hit tracks play around the world at many major circuit parties include “Let’s Burn It Out,” “I Came To Work,” and anthems, “Voulez Vous,” “What’s Up,” and “Imagine.” Saturday, Nov 6 at 5:35 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Trans Chorus of Los Angeles – The premiere all Trans-identified chorus in America. A Chorus of transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, gender fluid, and intersex individuals. Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:00 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Delta’s All-Star Drag Race Invasion – Features RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrities A’Keria C Davenport, All-Stars 6, Jasmine Masters, All-Stars 4, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, All-Stars 5, Mayhem Miller, Season 10 and All-Stars 5 along with All Stars 6 Special Guest Jiggly Caliente. Palm Springs’ favorite, Delta Work, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 3, two-time Emmy Award winner for her work as a producer on RuPaul’s Drag Race, will host the girls. Saturday, Nov 6 at 7:20 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Traffic – Pride Edition – Precinct DTLA resident favorites mikeetcetera, Stacey Christine, and David O’Bryan, bring their DJ set mixing classic Pride anthems with memories of past, present, pressing, and hopeful future to the Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines. Saturday, Nov 6 at Noon to 6:00 p.m.   

The Perry Twins – Doug and Derek Perry, the Los Angeles based, chart-topping, identical twin DJ duo bring their number one Billboard Club Play Chart and Billboard Dance Chart songs to the Palm Springs Pride Effen Vodka Main Stage. Friday, Nov 5 at 8:45 – 10:15.  

Matthew Pernicano, Resident DJ at Sex Cells-LA, Saturday, Nov 6 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q.  

DJ Alex D, Friday, Nov 5 at 10:00 – 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 7 at Noon – 2:00 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q. 

DJ Lisa, Saturday, Nov 6 at 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q. 

DJ Jeffree, Sunday, Nov 7 at Noon – 2:00 p.m. Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines 

DJ Vaughn Avakian, Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines. Saturday, Nov 6 at Noon-1:00 p.m. and 1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

DJ Paul Cowling, Saturday, Nov 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines 

DJ Michael Carerra, Saturday, Nov 6 at 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q. 

DJ Ernesto, Saturday, Nov 6 at Noon – 2:00 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q. 

DJ Madevza, Sunday, Nov 7 at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines 

DJ Sugarfree, Friday, Nov 5 at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q. 

Luna Negra is the DJ duo Edgar Cano Leyva and Karla Galaviz. The highly danceable modern and classic goth, synthwave, body music will be found in the Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines. Saturday, Nov 6 at 11:00 to Noon and Sunday, Nov 7 at 11:00 – Noon. 

Jennifer Corday – is a rocker with passion, from her heartfelt originals to singalong rock n roll anthems Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:00 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus – Saturday, Nov 6 at 4:10 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Ninja Twins – Singing and dance duo act from Season 15 of America’s Got Talent. Sunday, Nov 7 at 3:20 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Novul – Early 2000s pop nostalgia. Saturday, Nov 6 at 5:15 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Popstar Nima – Saturday, Nov 6 at 6:05 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Charles Herrera – Friday, Nov 5 at 5:30 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Angelique VaGorgeous – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:25 p.m. Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Jesse Jones (Drag King) – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:35 p.m. and 4:50 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Sassy Ross – Friday, Nov 5 at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:45 and 4:55 p.m., and Nov 7 at 1:40 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Sheena Wolfe – Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:40 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Steven Michael’s Dance Machine – Friday, Nov 5 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:50 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Cheer LA – Saturday, Nov 6 at 3:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health and Sunday, Nov 7 at 3:05 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Probe 7 – Saturday, Nov 6 at 6:00 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Anita Treadmill’s Divas on the Dance Floor – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Miss Bea Haven – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Anita Cocktail – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Jayla D. Foxx – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Queen Duvet – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Cadillac DeVille – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Pearl O’Wisdom – Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Clammy Faye – Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Aura – Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Dusty Porn – Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:55 p.m., Effen Vodka Main Stage. 

Anita Treadmill’s Divos on the Dance Floor – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:05 p.m. Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Allan H. Jensen – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Kevin Miller – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Randell McGlasson – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Tommy Dodson – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

JB – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:00 p.m. (Singing the National Anthem. Saturday), and 2:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Jason Hull – Saturday, Nov 6 at 2:50 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Tony Romano – Saturday, Nov 6 at 3:10 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Larry Bennett – Saturday, Nov 6 at 3:45 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Kippy Marks – Saturday, Nov 6 at 4:05 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Eclectic Hue – Saturday, Nov 6 at 4:20 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Johnny Baby – Saturday, Nov 6 at 4:55 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Tanya Tassi – Saturday, Nov 6 at 5:15 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Algorhythm – Saturday, Nov 6 at 6:40 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Leonardo Martinez – Saturday, Nov 6 at 7:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Daddy Dawg – Sunday, Nov 7 at 1:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Eve Holmes – Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:00 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Allan Jensen – Sunday, Nov 7 at 2:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Bonnie Gilgallon – Sunday, Nov 7 at 3:00 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Stephen Knill – Sunday, Nov 7 at 3:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Aunduh Estemated – Sunday, Nov 7 at 4:00 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health. 

Yasmine Vine – Sunday, Nov 7 at 4:30 p.m., Park Stage presented by DAP Health.

This article sponsored by Visit Palm Springs