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Baltimore Pride Guide 2009

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Brendan Velasquez
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Amber

By Ashley Sarantinos | Posted 6/17/2009

Pride Parade, Party, and Festie

New Hampshire and Maine allied themselves with the gay-marriage movement, while California violated no-take-backs and rescinded gay rights. But sometimes in the face of adversity, the most positive thing you can do is party! This weekend, the gay community and all their friends and families will once more celebrate Baltimore Pride (baltimorepride.org). And they want you--yeah, you, sweetie--to come out, too. Stick it to the man and prove your own pride by slipping into a slinky number and heading over to Gertrude's at the BMA (10 Art Museum Drive) for Twilight on the Terrace and cocktails on Friday June 19 at 8 p.m.--get your tickets ahead of time--but get to bed early so you you'll have the energy to attend every last one of Saturday June 20's fabulous events. Sure, the Parade doesn't start 'til 4 p.m., but you'll need the morning to prepare yourself for the onslaught of retina-blasting rainbows, running in heels, refreshments, and industrial strength keep-your-spirits-high rum-and-cokes. Starting at 6 p.m., Mount Vernon will be Block Partying 'til 10 p.m. at Charles and Eager streets, so corral some fellow revelers and check out performances by the divine, danceable, and discotastic Amber, as well as badass ladies' acts Odd Girl Out and Cherry Bomb, cutie Brendan Velasquez, comedian Lianna Carrera, and local faves the Degenerettes (including City Paper contributor Rahne Alexander). And if you wake up feeling a little overstimulated, no worries--head off to Druid Hill Park for a low-key day of celebrating everyone's right to have a good time among the greenery at the Pride Festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. There'll be informational booths, children's activities, delicious foodstuffs and bevies, and a packed schedule of musical acts including performances by the Voices of Pride, strummer Tom Goss, rockers Wicked Jezebel, sensitivo Jake Walden, and threesome Thomasina and the Jam. (Alexandra Watson)

The Whole Pride World

Pride's ultra-fabulous satellite events run throughout the week like a run in your stockings. Host Paul Styles will kick off the Fashion Show Wednesday the 17th at 11 p.m. at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere (1 E. Chase St., theowlbar.com) with flashy, fly, and flirty designs by Tyler Wells and Kanira Revlon. That night also features Pride Bingo at the Hippo (1 W. Eager St., clubhippo.com) at 8:30 p.m. and Friday at the same place there will be a Celebrate Pride Party at 10 p.m. featuring real drama queens, aka Miss Gay Queens. Also, Thursday at 8 p.m. the Night at the Speakeasy pride benefit takes place at Central Station (1001-3 N. Charles St., centralstationpub.com) with wheels of chance and blackjack. Experience the Difference with DJ Neo Soul at Lux Nightclub (10 S. Calvert St., myspace.com/luxbaltimore) on Friday at midnight, and don't forget to dress to impress because everyone will be looking upscale chic. It's a pride thing at the third annual Block Party After Party with DJ Spontaneous at the Eden's Lounge (15 W. Eager St., edenslounge.com) on Saturday at 8 p.m. plus the Hippo hosts DJ Tracy Young so wear dancing shoes. On Wednesday the 24th you wont even be able to think straight at the 13th floor at the Belvedere (1 E. Chase St., theowlbar.com) at 9 p.m. when DJ India brings it home.

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