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Pride Houston's Official After Pride Parade Party
South Beach, 810 Pacific St.
Since you're already dressed and raring to go, South Beach is hosting a massive Pride Parade after-party. This celebration is known to be the largest after-Pride event in town and doesn't stop until the break of dawn — 5 a.m., to be exact. DJ Riley, who hails from Chicago, will be on hand playing all the tunes you love to shake your groove thing to. Tickets are available at the South Beach Web site.
Westheimer between Dunlavy and Crocker
Hopefully by this point you've already found yourself a good locale from which to watch the parade and you've got your fold-up chairs all ready to go. The parade, which officially begins at 8:15 p.m., is held along Westheimer between Dunlavy and Crocker. More than 100 organizations and businesses come out to play and support the LGBT community. Lines of brightly colored floats will take over the streets before a crowd of more than 300,000 spectators. The Pride Parade is the second-largest parade in H-town and the largest LGBT gathering in the Southwest. If you can make it there by 7:45 p.m., you'll be able to catch the parade pre-show, which takes place on Westheimer at Waugh. The parade is free for all, but if you're interested in stepping it up a notch, you can receive the special treatment by becoming a VIP. Visit the Web site for more information.
Etro, 1424 Westheimer
From 3 to 9 p.m., clubgoers' favorite Etro is showing its pride with a "Party On the Pride Patio." Hang out and kick back to the bumping tunes of the Groove Brothers, DJ Alex T and DJ Cue T. Free.
Rainbow Saturdays "Post Parade Party"
Escobar, 2905 Travis
On Saturday nights, Escobar transforms into "Rainbow Saturdays," a LGBT destination. To celebrate Pride, the club is hosting a post-parade shindig during the weekly event. Sarah Pepper from The HOT Show and Hot 95.7 will help ring in the festivities from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Escobar is also giving one lucky guest an amazing trip to NYC to see the lady Madonna herself in concert. Come on, let's celebrate...it would be so nice.
"SOAK Up the Pride Weekend Pool Party"
ROAK, 3320 Kirby Drive
It's sure to be hot out there, and ROAK is the spot to go to cool down and get your splash on during Pride weekend. From noon to 7 p.m., ROAK is serving up Houston's only Gay Pool Party, where everyone is welcome. For more information or to receive VIP access, text FUSE to 28748.
Just because the official Pride Week is over doesn't mean the love has to end. QFest 2012: The 16th Annual LGBTQ International Film Festival kicks off July 26-30. QFest is dedicated to showcasing select national and international films focusing on the assorted communities that make up LGBTQ culture. More than 22 films will be shown on varying screens across Houston. Highlights include Cloudburst, starring Olympia Dukakis; family favorite The Wiz, starring Michael Jackson; and a tribute to underground filmmaker George Kuchar. For dates and times, visit the Web site.
Unfortunate that we have to resort to the lowest base level of gay culture, the circuit party, which promotes drug use and sexual promiscuity, as a way to show "pride". The reality is, like everything Pride Houston does, this is all about the bottom line and making itself money. Sad.