Unleashing Houston's Pride: Events
Friday, June 21
Eden: A Pride Girl Party
The Usual, 5519 Allen theusualpub.com
Hey, ladies! It's time to get funky. Swing by The Usual for the first-ever Pride event dedicated to the female gender. Just because this joint was voted the Houston Press's Best Women's Bar in 2012 doesn't mean the gentlemen aren't also welcome to join in the fun. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to an area women's organization. Free.
"Rainbow on the Green"
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
The citywide celebration spills onto the lush grass of downtown's Discovery Green. Bring your blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the stellar lineup of entertainment, including Britney Spears impressionist Derrick Barry, chart-topping singer Crystal Waters and hit-making producer/ DJ Chris Cox. Mix 96.5 morning host Blake Hayes will emcee this star-studded event. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday, June 22
"Pride in the Park"
BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas
Facebook.com/pridehouston/events Pride Houston is swapping its rainbows for some orange! Root for your Houston Dynamo as they take on the Toronto FC. each. Contact Meghan Slaughter at 713-276-7538 for more details about seating. $22.
Sunday, June 23
"Salvation: A Pride Pool Party" presented by abOUT Magazine
Morty Rich Hostel, 501 Lovett
You know it's going to be a hot one, so why not cool down with Pride's official pool party. Join abOUT Magazine, Bud Light, Texas Crown Whiskey, Hot 95.7 and Special K from 104.1 KRBE for some serious splashing around in your best pair of Speedos. An open bar will help with any inhibitions. 1-6 p.m. Free; donations encouraged.
Monday, June 24
"Dine with Pride"
Gratifi Kitchen and Bar, 302 Fairview
Come for the freshly made Portobello Buddha burger, stay for the Texas Cosmo. Shake out of your Monday blahs and have some of Gratifi's 100 percent homemade Texas comfort food. A portion of the day's sales goes to support Pride. And bring your dog, too!
Queer Voices Radio
Every Monday evening from 9 to 11 p.m., KPFT hosts Queer Voices, a show dedicated to all the news concerning Houston's LGBT community. Tune in to find out how they'll be celebrating Pride.
Tuesday, June 25
"Rock the Runway"
South Beach, 810 Pacific
Clothing makes the man (and the woman), and this year's "Rock the Runway" is just the thing to do when you're looking for new threads. Watch stunning models strut their stuff wearing the latest from Boiskin Bodywear, Andrew Christian, Bunker and more. Lots of giveaways at this fashion event. 8-11 p.m. Free.
Lambda NextGen Houston — June Happy Hour
Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh
Have fun and meet other young LGBTA professionals. Join Lambda NextGen, "Houston's First LGBTA Young Professionals Network," and hang with other 22- to 35-year-olds. Free; happy-hour prices. The good times start at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26
"REEL Pride: presents Breaking Through"
River Oaks Theatre, 2009 W. Gray
Being proud of who you are and unleashing the power from within is at the center of this powerful documentary featuring intimate conversations with openly gay political figures and how their sexual orientation has empowered them to persevere. Keep an eye out for our very own Mayor Annise Parker. 7 p.m. $10.
Houston Pride Band Rehearsals
Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd
Before you watch them storm the Houston Pride Parade, take in a rehearsal by Houston's unofficial LGBT community band; they've been together for close to three decades now! After their rehearsals, they always like to grab a bite or a drink. Free to watch. Visit their Web site if you want to play along. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Merry Gay Consultants Launch Party
Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond
The Merry Gay Consultants are opening their virtual doors with a massive launch party packed with more goings-on than you'll know what to do with. The night will feature two stand-up comedians, Frank Lotti and Jess Wood from New York, as well as a live Broadway revue of some of your favorite musicals. Wait, there's more. You can also get your firefighter on with a pole-dance competition or find yourself the star of a new commercial filming that night. Whew. $24.99; a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Montrose Center.
Thursday, June 27
Gulf Pride for Youth Weekly Meeting
707 23rd, Galveston
Every week this support group for GLBTIQA youth ages 13-20 meets for open discussions on all things concerning being a part of the "gay community." 6-9 p.m. Always free and confidential.
Pride Superstar Competition: Finale
South Beach, 810 Pacific
This year's singing competition started out with 11 vocalists, and after several rounds of elimination, it all comes down to tonight. For seven years running, Pride has sponsored this singing competition that has showcased some of the brightest LGBT talents in Houston. Join the judges and host Blake Hayes, from Mix 96.5 FM, in determining who'll take home the top prize. Your vote counts! 9:30 p.m.-midnight. Free.
Friday, June 28
Huge Weekend Kick-Off Party
F Bar, 202 Tuam
If you're thinking you'll have to wait until tomorrow to start partying like a rock star, you are fortunately mistaken. Head over to F Bar and get your celebration started early. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this party featuring the tunes of award-winning DJ Joe Ross. Free.
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
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!
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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