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Gay Pride Festival

Gay Pride Festival

Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival

Published in the Basin Wide Spirit – Spring 2013

A Celebration For Progress

The Gay Pride Festival evolved from its organizers’ deep desire to connect with all members of the community. It began as an art show in 2009, called “Gay Pride,” and became an annual event, consecutively called “Love Makes a Family,” “In The Name of Equality” and “Born This Way.” This year’s event is called “A Celebration of Progress.” Andy Woods, one of the festival producers, says the gay community has made progress in reaching out, connecting and including all types of people. “We keep our message simple: love and equality for everyone,” Woods said. This sentiment has been repeated in each festival, and the event, held at the Art Queen in Joshua Tree, is a growing success.

It’s an opportunity for everyone, gay or not, to come together and celebrate differences and similarities. A family festival, celebrating gay pride and community through art and music, it offers concession booths, local bands, children’s activities, information and giveaways. Sometimes a celebrity makes a surprise appearance. This year will feature live performances from P-Dawg, Small Wonder Experience, performance artist Tania Hammidi, announcer Shann Carr, DJ Lime Sparkle, and many more

Producers Andy Woods and Chris Kallgren have extended the event to a full day this year. Festival-goers can enjoy the local farmers market and visit area shops throughout the day, and their arm bracelet will warrant discounts from participating vendors. The festival itself is supported by Pappy and Harriet’s, Wind Walkers, Pie For The People, and Strata Tattoo, to name a few, and there will be raffles for gift certificates. Also, the  Palms Springs Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and AIDS Palm Springs will have booths and share information.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in this life-affirming event in our unique community.

Where: Art Queen complex, 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway (next to Joshua Tree Saloon)

When: 11 AM -11 p.m. Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Price: $5 (suggested donation)

Parking is free. Park behind the Art Queen, the Joshua Tree Saloon back lot or behind Coyote Corner.

Information: (760) 587-6111, and Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival on Facebook

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