Unleashing Houston's Pride: Events

Looking for where you can unleash your pride this year? Look no further; the Houston Press has got your complete guide to the wheres and whats of Houston Pride Week.

Wonderland Houston

Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas


Last year, Pride introduced Wonderland, a circuit party to end all circuit parties, complete with a sexy Alice in Wonderland theme. It was such a huge success that they've brought it back this year with even more entertainment. Cirque Aerialist performances by Joshua Dean and Ben Franklin of Aerial Arts NYC will dazzle the crowd, while DJ Brett Henrichsen spins the beats. And if you feel like donning your favorite Queen of Hearts outfit, go for it. Visit the Web site for more information. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $40 at the door.

TGI Pride Show

Tony's Corner Pocket

817 W. Dallas


Calling all would-be entertainers. Tony's Corner Pocket is celebrating its Pride with an open call for any daring performer who wants to hit up Tony's stage. They have fire-breathers on their Web site, so you know this is going to be one for the ages. 8:30 p.m.; benefits PWA Holiday ­Charities. Free.

Saturday, June 29

Pride Festival

South of Westheimer along Commonwealth and Yoakum


Get to the festival early because it's going to be packed! The celebration starts promptly at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Montrose's Westheimer will be lined with booths of proud sponsors out to have a good time and lots of family fun. This year's sponsors include Bud Light, Hot 95.7, KRBE 104.1, South Beach Night Club, OutSmart Magazine, Deeter Mazda, Gay Yellow Pages, Montrose Star, Noize Magazine, Texas Crown Whiskey, Houston Dynamo, Walgreens, Green Mountain Energy, My Gay Houston, Svedka Vodka, Kroger, Houston Fertility Institute and Microsoft. Find a viewing spot at one of the multiple stages for free entertainment, including the contest to choose the winner of Pride Houston. Bring cash, since most vendors won't accept credit cards, but know that there'll be ATMs on hand if you overspend, which is totally fine. It's Pride!

Pride Parade

Westheimer between Dunlavy and Crocker


Let the celebration begin! The Parade, which officially begins at 8 p.m., slightly earlier this year than previously, is held along West­heimer between Dunlavy and Montrose. Join the 100-plus organizations and businesses that have decked out their floats to show their LGBT support this year. This is one of Houston's biggest parades as well as one of the largest Pride parades in this part of the country. If you can make it there by 7:30 p.m., you'll be able to catch the Parade pre-show, which takes place on Westheimer at Waugh. Free; if you fancy yourself a Big Man On Campus, look into becoming a "Friends of Pride" VIP. Visit the Web site for more ­information.

PrideHouston's Official After Pride Parade Party

South Beach, 810 Pacific

southbeachthenightclub.com Oh, you thought the fun ended when the sun went down? No, that's when the party gets going. Head over to Pride's official after party at South Beach; it's going to be crazy. Enjoy blasting beats, flowing cocktails and beautiful people while you dance the night away. A word to the wise: Do not stare too long at South Beach's Full Color Water Cooled Matrix Laser Light Show, which will be vibrantly dazzling you overhead; everyone will know you're a tourist. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets: Visit South Beach's Web site.

F Bar's After Parade Party

F Bar, 202 Tuam fbarhouston.com

DJ Tad Dvorak will be handling the tunes for your dancing and listening pleasure at F Bar's massive after-parade shindig. 9 p.m.; stick around until midnight to be dazzled by India Ferrah, whom you last saw on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3. $10 to get in, but it will also buy you a ticket to a repeat performance by Ferrah the next day.

Sunday, June 30

Rapture: A Pride Foam Party

South Beach, 810 Pacific


You spent the weekend in the heat, so are you sweaty and maybe even a little worse for wear? Get all sudsy at the official Pride foam party. It's exactly what you think it is, a big soapy soirée. The party starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m., and you might as well get a bite to eat and then go straight to work from there; you will already be clean. Visit the Web site for more details.

India Ferrah Live!

F Bar, 202 Tuam


If last night's India Ferrah showing left you wanting more, the drag queen will be back to give you what you want. Ferrah headlines a special performance at 11 p.m. with "Dreamgirls and Legends." Free.

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