Central Park PasadenaPasadena , CA United States
San Gabriel Valley Pride: 17th Annual LGBTQ Pride Event
October 1st, 2018 – San Gabriel Valley Pride, Inc. will present their 17th annual LGBTQ Pride celebration On Saturday, October 13 from 11am to 9:30pm in Pasadena’s Central Park. The SGVPride Festival is different from other Pride celebrations you may be familiar with that take place in June. October is National LGBTQ History month. Our event is designed to provide an environment that fosters a more engaged interaction. Our goal is to foster awareness of community history and heritage, issues, services and opportunities for all genders and generations of the LGBTQ community in the San Gabriel Valley. Also different from most urban Pride celebrations: our event is FREE to the public!
New this year to kick-off the event will be an Interfaith Service and Blessing of the Animals (cats & dogs on leashes or in carriers). This will begin at 11am. The Interfaith Service and Blessing will be officiated by members of the LAQUICC (Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council) and SGV area churches. Rev. Dr.Pat Langlois, Senior Pastor at MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley is coordinating this aspect of the event.
This year’s event will feature our popular Classic Car Show, areas for family, health and wellness, an Authors Forum with readings and book signings (including Alison Arngrim), a STEM area featuring SGV tech (including Dr. Simon LeVay), as well as the Big Draw LA: an interactive community drawing experience creating tiles for our Road to Equality art project. New this year will be a “carnival gaymes” fundraising area benefiting Gay Student Alliances (both high school and colleges). Also, an Art Show will exhibit the Portraits of Pride exhibit shown in LA City Hall this past June, curated panels from Jeff Sheng’s Fearless portraying
High School and College athletes who came out while in their sports, and a small exhibit honoring Laura Aguilar, an artist of note who was raised in the SGValley who passed away earlier this year.
A highlight of the day will be a fundraising gayme based on The Queen’s Croquet Game in Alice in Wonderland. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a team of Drag Queens, and Kings headed by the Queen 2 of Hearts portrayed by Alison Arngrim (actress best known for her portrayal of Nellie Oleson on Little House on The Prairie). Your eyes will not deceive you and you’ll most likely laugh until your sides ache!
All this and about 40 exhibitors (mostly community service organizations) and a lineup of localentertainment artists from throughout Southern California with great food (Twohey’s Food Truck) and beverage available for purchase.
The vendors’ area will run from 11am to 6pm. The 3 Sisters Beer & Spirits Garden will run until 8:30pm. Entertainment and refreshments will run until 9:30pm.
SGVP, Inc. thanks all our Sponsors this year: Rise Again Recovery, Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Redfin, Great Autos of Yesteryear, the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center, the Big Draw LA, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Twohey’s Restaurant and 3 Sisters Catering. Media Sponsors are: YELP, the Fight Magazine, and the Alhambra Source.
Visit our website (sgvpride.org) for more details. We produce the event for all generations and genders trying to capture the wide diversity of the LGBTQ communities of the San Gabriel Valley.
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The SGV Pride Festival started as a small picnic in Pasadena’s Memorial Park in 2001. Since then, the event has grown and so has our organization’s outreach. SGVPride has been the recipient of the City’s Human Relations’ Community Award several times during our history as well as recognized by the LA County Board of Supervisors. We can do what we do because the community has consistently supported our exhibitors and our community.
For more information about San Gabriel Valley Pride, a fully recognized 501(c)(3): www.sgvpride.org