Gay Old Time
Your Guide to Pride 2005
Saturday June 18
4-5:30 p.m., Mount Vernon, starts at the corner of Charles and Franklin streets and heads north to Biddle Street, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
Strap on your stilettos and get ready to sprint like Carrie Bradshaw up Charles Street—the Pride Parade’s first-ever high-heel race leads the procession of glitter-covered, leather-daddy-transporting, rainbow-brite floats, bands, and marching units. The eminent King and Queen of Baltimore Pride, Mirage and Helena Hologram, will be welcoming the proud crowd from their royal perch.
Pride Block Party
6-10 p.m., Mount Vernon, Eager Street between Cathedral and Charles streets, main stage on Charles, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
There’s no getting around it, literally. The Block Party is here, it’s queer, and, well, it allows us to dance and drink smack dab in the middle of the street. While each and every performer deserves equal mention, we’re gonna go ahead and cut the B.S. and tell you what you wanna hear. Flexible burlesque duo Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey know what’s up. Miss Gay Maryland 2005 Brooke Lane knows, and each of the four members of Morel knows it, too. That’s right. This year’s Pride Block Party star is coming to make every girl in a tiara green with envy and flushed with anticipation. Wait for it . . . RuPaul. Screw it, here’s all the others: Maryland Dance Team Fusion, Tanya Jefferies, Saturn, Erica Martinez, Men of Rainbow, Aimee, Androgene, and emcees Shawnna Alexander and Murray Hill. We’ll drink to that.
Sunday June 19
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
Sure, Saturday’s block party is gonna make 11 a.m. feel like the butt-crack of dawn, but isn’t getting up and hitting the park worth it? Grab a frosty hair-of-the-dog beer, pick up a little tchotchke for your bookshelf, and soak in all the sun and fun. Melissa Ferrick brings her kick-ass one-woman show to the stage at 2 p.m. alongside the politically witty talents of SONiA and Disappear Fear. Not your cup of vodka/Red Bull? Nigerian beauty Androgene puts some serious dance in your Sunday afternoon pants—be they leather, sequined, or Joe’s Jeans—with her exotic blend of high-energy dance beats, and emcee Kelli Dunham hosts the whole she-bang, which also includes Jeznick, Kathleen’s Crossing, Susan Souza, 9bobNOTE, the Damsels, Citizen Rahne Alexander, Odd Girl Out, New Wave Singers, the Gay Men’s Chorus, Pandora Scooter, Mara Levi, the Chris Vogt Trio, Eric Himan, Celia Kipp, and the Spotlighters Theatre doing a li’l something-something. A drag stage promises seven straight (not that kind of straight) hours of your favorite queens, and a kids area entertains the whole family with vendors and a variety of crafts for the little ones.
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Baltimore, MD 21201