Time for PRIDE
It's almost that time of year again folks. You know, that time when you slip into some booty shorts or your best leather, douse yourself in glitter, and hang out with the wonderful double rainbow that is your community. If you haven't caught on, we are talking about Austin PRIDE, and it's closer than you think.
Word to the wise, it is best to prepare now, because trust us when we say that this year is going to be jam-packed with fun things to do.
First off, Austin PRIDE's theme this year is "LOVE UNITES" and the festivities last a whole week. I know, a whole week of queerhomo fun seems exhausting, but don't be discouraged. You can do it, gay babies! Let us break it down for you.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
This year, Austin Pride joins forces with the annual Last Splash. The week kicks off with a lake party during Splash Days at Hippie Hollow. Buy your tickets online before Friday, August 30 for a better price before they run out. Sun., Sept. 1, 12pm. Hippie hollow, 7000 Comanche Trail
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Catch two films at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. First up is a documentary called Bridegroom based on Shane Bitney Crone's emotional Youtube video. Bitney will also be in attendance. Mon., Sept. 2, 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
'PEACHES DOES HERSELF'
Following Bridegroom, will be the documentary 'Peaches Does Herself' directed and starring none other than the infamous Peaches who graced us with her presence at Austin PRIDE last year. Mon., Sept. 2, 10pm. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Attend Boobie Bingo held monthly at Maria's Taco Xpress and hosted by Miss Austin PRIDE 2013 Cupcake and Miss Austin PRIDE Emeritus Kai Lee Mykels. Drink, eat tacos, play bingo, and be merry. Tues., Sept. 3, 6:30pm. Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S Lamar
PRIDE INTERFAITH CELEBRATION
There will also be a Pride Interfaith Celebration at Unity Church of the Hills with LGBTQ activist, author, and speaker Karen McCrocklin. Head over and soak up some good vibes and "express oneness through love" with your queer compadres. Tues., Sept. 3, 7pm. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Catch the Madonnalogues at Spiderhouse. Laugh out loud to comedienne Nadya Ginsburg's spot on impressions of Winona Ryder, Cher, and Madonna. Buy tickets online for $15 and $20 at the door. Wed., Sept. 4, 7pm. Spiderhouse Ballroom, 2906 Fruth
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
MEAN GIRLS QUOTE-ALONG!
WAY GAY SING-ALONG
Next, let your rainbow flag fly with a Way Gay Sing-Along. Be prepared to dance and sing to all your favorite gay jams and anthems. Thur., Sept. 4, 10pm. Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 320 E. Sixth
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
'WERK!' - A FASHION SHOW
Head over to the AT&T Conference Center's Grand Ballroom for 'Werk!' - "a fashion show featuring designers from the hit TV Show 'Project Runway'." The event will be emceed by none other than Rupaul's Drag Race Season 3 winner Raja. Buy tickets now before they run out. Fri., Sept. 5, 7pm. AT&T Conference Center Grand Ballroom, 1900 University Ave.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
This is when the real craziness begins. Down an energy shot because Saturday is a chock full of homo-lovin fun.
RAINBOW RUN 5K
Start the day off with some exercise and sign up for the Rainbow Run 5K. Even if you're not the workout type, it's all worth it when crossing the finish line and being covered in "Rainbow Magic" colored powder. Online registration ends midnight August 30 or you can register in person during packet pick up. Sat., Sept. 7, 9am-11am. Downtown Austin.
Right after the Rainbow Run, The Pride Festival kicks off. There will be plenty of food, fun, and games to be had as over 120 booths are expected this year. There will also be two stages with a bevy of performances. This year you can expect a DJ set from JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN, RuPaul's Drag Race contestants Shangela, Raja and Shannel will grace the stage, "90s Dance Diva" Crystal Waters, San Francisco group Double Duchess, a DJ set from LCD Sound System's Nancy Whang, and a headlining performance from Andy Bell of Erasure. However, this is just the tip of the ice berg. A full list of performers can be seen here. Also, to buy advance tickets to the festival go here. Sat., Sept. 7, 11am-6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St.
After the festival, head over to the Paramount Theatre for a symbolic group wedding ceremony performed by Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's and wrangled by Austin's own Erica Nix. Come dressed to the nines with your partner and say "I Do" to the smooth sounds of Fantasy and DJ C-Rail. Sign up here to participate. Sat., Sept. 7, 7:30pm. Congress Avenue
Finally, wrap up your day with the fun, flashy, and fabulous PRIDE Parade. No matter if you're one of the 70,000 spectators or riding on a float, you're bound to have a blast marching the streets of downtown Austin. This year there will even be a dance party in front of the Paramount Theatre shortly before to get you revved up. If you're interested in entering the parade, register here by August 15th. Sat., Sept. 7, 8pm. Downtown Austin
Check out the parade shenanigans of 2012
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
PRIDE DRAG BRUNCH
* For more information on Pride happenings, check out the Facebook page and the official Austin PRIDE website. And check back with us here, at The Gay Place column and blog for PRIDE updates and more.