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Pride Guide

Ariel Aparicio
Kitty Katz

By Rebecca Fishbein | Posted 6/16/2010

June's heat wave might be getting you hot, but things are about to get steamy with Baltimore Pride 2010 hitting the streets near you this weekend. You know the drill--drinks, dancing, and debauchery ensue as Charm City sets out to fete folks GLBT, etc. and friends. So don't complain that no one goes to PRIDE anymore, because anyone who says that is lying. Take a look-see at our listie of the main events (check baltimorepride.org for more details).

Wednesday 16

Rip the Runway III: Pride Kick-off Fashion Show with DJ India starts the strutting at 9 p.m. at the 13th Floor Lounge of the Belvedere in fashionable Mount Vernon (1 E. Chase St.).

Thursday 17

The University of Baltimore hosts its second annual gay variety show, Gay Expectations Too, put on by Iron Crow Theater and VT Dance at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday at the Student Center Performing Arts Theater (21 W. Mount Royal Ave., ubalt.edu). The show features poetry readings, plays, music performances, and more. Drag queen Kitty Katz emcees.

Friday 18

Warm up the weekend and your coif couture with the Who's Bad Hair and Fashion show, hosted at Coppin State University and presented by Devin and DSquared models, at 7 p.m. (2500 W. North Ave.). Then hit up the Hippo (1 W. Eager St., clubhippo.com) for its Pride kickoff party, featuring DJ .shErOck and karaoke in the video bar.

Saturday 19

Try not to outdo yourself on Friday, because Saturday is when the real fur flies. Get your kicks on for the annual High Heel Race at 3:45 p.m. (Charles and Eager streets). Then hook up with the Pride Parade at 4 p.m. and saunter down Charles Street between Center and Chase streets in your summeriest outfit, flanked by a whole host of delicious drag queens, cowboy cuties, and bedazzled bikers.

Make sure to swing by Charles and Eager for the Baltimore Pride Block Party, beginning at 6 p.m. Hosted by summeriest dashing divas Tatiyanna Voche' and Miss Shawnna Alexander, and featuring Electrik Red, Debby Holiday, and Ariel Aparicio, this "nightclub without walls" is hot, colorful, and where you'll run in to everyone. Be sure to check out the DJed Stoli Dance Tent (Cathedral and Eager streets) 5-10 p.m., the Youth Empowerment Free Ball (Morton and Chase Street lot) 6-9 p.m., and the poetry slam at the Tolerant Social Deviance Tent 6-7 p.m.

Post-Pride Party, Baltimore is buzzing with bar-hoppers and drink deals. Drop by the Hippo to hear DJ Seth Gold spin, or head down to the Paradox (1310 Russell St., thedox.com) for hip-hop and house at Playground, hosted by Devin.

You might be a bit bleary-eyed from all the Pride partying, but Sunday's Festival is not something you want to miss. Slurp down some hair-of-the-dog and swing by Druid Hill Park at noon for a full seven hours of performances and picnicking. Hosted by Pandora Boxx of RuPaul's Drag Race, the festie features acts from soulful sweetie Tom Goss, the Charm City Kitty Club, Mama's Black Sheep, the Pushovers, the Baltimore Men's Chorus, and more. And if you still haven't had your full of drinking and dancing, Grand Central (1001 N. Charles St., centralstationpub.com) has got a retro tea dance with DJ Farrell from 6-10 p.m., and Paradox is hosting a Pride After-Party from 10 p.m.-4 a.m., so you can keep it going 'til your head slams on your desk Monday morning!

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