A Calendar of Pride Week Events
Saturday June 19
5-6 p.m., Mount Vernon, starts at the corner of Charles and Franklin streets and heads north to Biddle Street, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
A chance to witness more drama, talent, unity, friendship, pride, leather, and sequins in one hour than a week's worth of The L Word and Queer as Folk episodes back to back--or front to front, right?--plus a showing of Showgirls. Baltimore Pride 2004's theme of the moment is Vive la Difference, and that means anything goes, baby--represent yourself by dressing to the nines or taking a chance with a 10, meeting the gang or flying solo, getting involved or spectating. Seriously, anything. Plus, this year's Pride King and Queen, Dutch Ticklestick and Sophia Stone, are holding court and waving pageant-style. God save the Queer.
Pride Block Party
6-10 p.m., Mount Vernon, Eager Street between Cathedral and Charles streets, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
The powers that par-tay made this year's block party the best ever by getting it bigger and tighter. First up, besides the tasty foodstuffs and refreshing drink options, look forward to grabbing Bam Bam the mechanical bull by the horns, singing karaoke on the street, and moon-bouncing till ya feel a touch sick and need a sit-down before ya get down to the nonstop live entertainment hitting the main stage. You wanna lineup? Check it out below.
Live Music and Entertainment
Main Stage on North Charles Street.
With emcees Shawna Alexander and Dan Noel.
6:15 p.m.: Former Miss Gay Maryland and America Sabrina White, King of Pride 2004 Dutch Ticklestick, Queen of Pride 2004 Sophia Stone, the DC Dance Team, Tawni, Eric D'ore
7ish p.m.: Vanity Starr, Rhythmic Storm, Erica Martinez, King of the Castle 2003 Brandon Cox, Miss Gay Maryland 2004 Ingenue, Maryland Dance Team Fusion, Tonya D. Jeffries
8ish p.m.: Charm City Boys, Monday Nite Skate, DJ Eric
9ish p.m.: Delphinium Blue
9:30 p.m.: Crystal Waters
Sunday June 20
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Druid Hill Park, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
You know this weekend ain't over till your skin has a healthy outdoor glow, your legs are tired from dancing, and you've eaten at least one elephant ear. Unlike your ordinary street festivals that Baltimore sprinkles our summers with every year, the Pride Festival takes place in Druid Hill Park. On grass. Under trees. Sounds nice, right? A nature-licious combo of community, more freaking free entertainment (see the whole beautiful lineup below), a whole area devoted to keeping the frolicking kiddies busy, and vendors galore hawking everything from beer to queer souvenirs. And hey, pay attention to the info booths set up to learn you, like the Chase Brexton Health Services one that offers free hepatitis A vaccinations. (Marriage and adoption booths? Maybe next year.) Now get on with it.
Live Music and Entertainment
Druid Hill Park, www.baltimorepride.org, free.
With emcees Sophia Stone, Dutch Ticklestick, and Ingenue
11:30 a.m.: Steven Gellman
Noon: King and Queen of Pride, Men of Rainbow, Paul Iwancio
1 p.m.: New Wave Singers and the Baltimore Men's Chorus, Jason and deMarco
2 p.m.: Celia Kipp, Carl Long, Keisha
3ish p.m.: Delphinium, Gina Young, Saturn
4ish p.m.: Sister Moonshine, Egyptian Sun
5 p.m.: CommonbonD, Ultra Naté
For more details and updates, that Web site once again: www.baltimorepride.org.
812 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201