Silicon Valley Pride is ready to roll :: Bay Area Reporter

After hosting the only large-scale Pride celebration in the COVID-flattened Bay Area in 2021, Silicon Valley Pride is back this month with its week-long sighting that culminates with the weekend of pride on August 27 and 28.

Themed “Proudly Authentic,” this year’s event features several days of activities, from drag bingo to the screening of the campy, big-budget flop movie “Burlesque” starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, in addition to the parade. and the festival itself.

The San Jose City Hall Pride Flag Raising will take place on Thursday, August 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 200 East Santa Clara Street.

The weekend festival will include a “Hey Girl” area and stage to celebrate queer women and community members who identify as women; live visual art exhibits; a lounge bar; and food trucks, among other vendors.

Spanning two days, the festival, at Plaza de César Chávez Park in downtown San Jose, begins Saturday, August 27 from 6-11 p.m. and will feature headliners Ada Vox, “American Idol” and “RuPaul’s Queen of the Universe”. ;” fellow “American Idol” veteran, David Hernandez; and queer pop artist SuperKnova. The festival picks up right after the parade on Sunday, Aug. 28 from noon to 6 p.m. of “American Idol”; as well as Carmit, the singer of the Pussycat Dolls; and the lesbian singing duo BriaAndChrissy.

The parade itself begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and ends at noon, running from Julian and Market streets to Plaza de César Chávez park.

While 2019’s SVP events drew up to 15,000 people, organizers expect lower turnout this year, said Saldy Suriben, a gay man and the organization’s chief marketing officer. On the other hand, attendance could be 10,000 to 20,000 people, he suggested, adding that the event still draws a lot of people from Santa Clara County, as well as Santa Cruz and Sacramento.

Admission to the festival is $5.

Although there is no monkeypox vaccination at Pride, there will be opportunities to get on the vaccination list, thanks to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, which will be present at the evening and daytime festivals, Saturday and Sunday. , respectively.

They will “share educational materials around MPX and direct people to where they can find vaccine appointments,” according to a statement from the health agency. “Public Health is also helping eligible people who are having difficulty making appointments. In addition to MPX, the Public Health booth shares resources on free STD screening, tobacco and diabetes prevention and information general information on public health.

For the week leading up to the festival and the parade, several events, all free, are planned. Monday, August 22, Drag Bingo with drag hostesses Jackie Layshun and Manang from 6-9 p.m. at S27 Alehouse and Brewery, 461 Perrymont Avenue, San Jose; and Drag Queen Cooking Showdown on Aug. 23 — pitting drag queen Catinni P Vandon against Sexen City — at the Plex, 6-8 p.m., 800 Embedded Way, San Jose.

For those looking for a little dance action, Black & Pink Pride Dance Party, for women and people who identify as women, will be held August 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn San Jose Silicon Valley, 1350 N. First Street , San Jose . Screening of “Burlesque,” as part of “Out at the Park,” is Friday, August 26, 6-10 p.m., Excite Ballpark, 588 E. Alma Street, San Jose.

The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center will have a strong presence at this year’s event with multiple booths dotted around different areas of the festival, said Gabrielle Antolovich, chair of the center’s board of directors.

Booth activities will include prizes to be won, information about the center and its services, as well as a mask decorating booth for children, with the remaining masks from a shipment of 9,500 plain white masks that the center has received, inexplicably, from Ford Motor Company last year, Antolovich said.

Ford had emailed her asking if she wanted the masks, she said, and after replying, “Sure, why not?” she forgot about the offer until UPS dropped off several large boxes full of masks. Now it’s a fun activity for kids, where they decorate them with all kinds of bling, Antolovich said.

Once all these celebrations, parades and mask decorations are over, there will be another event in the Qmunity district. For those not ready to stop celebrating, Qmunity is hosting its Quench Pride Encore party, starting at 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. Featuring food and drink from multiple Qmunity companies, the party will also include entertainment from a myriad of artists and DJs, including RuPaul’s DeJa Skye and Mariah Paris Balenciaga; DJs Cla Pessoa, Pumpkin Spice; as well as performers Alpha Andromeda, Julianna Budgett, Sasha Devaroe and Anthony. Free entry.

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