Gay Place: DON'T Rain on My Parade!

Get your Pride parade seats early. This year is going to be a doozy.

A bazillion acts, headed by Taylor Dayne (l) and Le1f (r), strut the Austin Pride main stage.
A bazillion acts, headed by Taylor Dayne (l) and Le1f (r), strut the Austin Pride main stage.

Last year, the Austin Pride Parade boasted over 4,000 participants. The crowd cracked the 100,000 figure. This year, hold on to your hat: Austin Pride has over 9,000 registered participants. Gulp! That (over) doubles the parade. The big news this year is that Apple (yesssss, that Apple) is marching in their first Pride parade that is not in San Francisco. For the first time ever, Apple marches outside of SF and makes (quite) an appearance in Austin at the Austin Pride Parade. Care to guess the size of their contingent? Higher. Nope, still higher. How about 3,500? Yes, babies, 3,500. And just to make things clear: Austin, as with most other cities' Prides, relies on corporate sponsorship. But! Did you know? 1) Austin Pride's parade dress code is basically "If it's legal in Austin, it's legal in the parade," and 2) Austin Pride curtails the marketing and distribution of promo materials to the immediate area around booths and parade throws. They want to keep it classy, according to Pride Prez Paul Huddleston, and create an atmosphere that is not a marketing free-for-all. That said, look for Chronicle swag and throws. We'll do our best to keep it classy. See you at Pride.


Sync Up & Socialize at this Tech Pride mixer. Third Thursdays, 6-8pm. Rain on 4th, 217 W. Fourth. Free.

AGLCC September Happy Hour Bring your cards, your swag (both meanings of the word), and your networkiest attitude at this great new Eastside divey lounge/loungey dive. Thu., Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30pm. Dozen Street, 1808 E. 12th.

Queer Yoga Austin Kundalini and Hatha yoga in a safe environment, for those who'd prefer to focus on chi rather than he or she. Mondays, 7:30pm; Thursdays. 7:30pm. Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, 512/628-1580. $5+ donations.

BedPost Confessions Birthday Party Show Happy birfday, you petulant, naughty 4-year-old. This month features Ella Gale, Ejede, Adam Sultan, Jack Darling, Fat Bottomed Cabaret, and very spesh guest emcee (hold your knickers) Andy Campbell. Thu., Sept. 18, 8-10:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10.

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist The Renegades of Rhythm Tour celebrates Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa. Edan and Paten Locke open. Thu., Sept. 18, 8pm. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. $30-40.

Between Skin and Frame ALLGO presents Drumtalk, "a drumversation about the journey of one black lesbian into the world of West African drum and dance culture in the U.S." Fri., Sept. 19, 7pm. George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina. Free.

Cynthia Manley Live for Pride You'll be "Cruisin' the Streets" with this disco diva. Fri., Sept. 19, 8pm. $10 ($9, advance).

Slide Into Pride With the Victory Fund Happy Pride, y'all! Before the parade starts, come eat, hang out with the Victory Fund, and meet Austin's LGBT candidates. Hear from Jimmy Flannigan, District 6 Austin City Council candidate, and chill at the coolest family-owned jazz club in the land. Sat., Sept. 20, 5-8pm. Brass House, 115-B San Jacinto.

Lesbutante & the Boss Ladies Parade AfterParty These social butterflies are hosting the ladies post-parade extravaganza. Regular admission gets a T-shirt and entrance to Upstairs at Trinity. VIP gets a free drink and a trip down to Vinyl. Like a boss. Sat., Sept. 20, 8pm. The Chicago House, 607 Trinity. $35-55.

Neon Glow Make your Pride glimmer on an afterparty surfboardt while feeling drunk in love. DJ Hector Fonseca specializes in all things Bey and RiRi. Sat., Sept. 20, 10pm. V Nightclub, 409 Colorado. $10-20.

Storm Large If you are one of the three people not going to the Austin Pride Parade this year, there is a cool alternative: Storm Large and her band Le Bonheur perform from her forthcoming album (conveniently entitled Le Bonheur). Sat., Sept. 20, 8pm. McCullough Theatre, UT campus, 23rd & East Campus Dr. $34.

'Cher Up Charlies' Night of 1,000 Broads A magical night filled with a Cher-tastic drag show, Zane Xena, Cupcake, Jessica Kitty Buick, RuPaul queen Milk, and Big Dipper. Sat., Sept. 20, 9pm-2am. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River.

Out in OZtin Austin Pride's theme is OZtin, and Beargasm honors it in burly style. DJ C-Rail and DJ Robbie Rob spin for Otters and Ewoks and Bears! Oh, you! Sat., Sept. 20, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth. Free.

ATX Women's Pride Party Post-Gay Pride goes to the birds, and Rusty's feathers wanna flock together. Rainbow accessories not included. But Susan Arbuckle is. Sat., Sept. 20, 9:30pm. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar. $10.

Free Burgers Drink specials start at 2pm followed by free food at 4pm. Sundays, 4-6pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.

Tamborine-Shakin' Anniversary Show Celebrate 28 Hallelujah years with the blessed Austin Babtist Women, plus special guests Pannica Tack, Althea Trix, and more. Sun., Sept. 21, 7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. $5 donation.

Joy Division/New Order Cover Bands Gretchen's love will tear you apart and Jacob's will be here to stay. Sun., Sept. 21, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlie's, 900 Red River. Free.

Super Sunday Divas W/ Yara Sofia Join la divas for a special Pride night of divinity, featuring special guests. This week, queen Yara Sofia from RuPaul's Drag Race. Sundays, 10:30pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth. Free.

Free Buffet It's about time someone served up some yummy free grub all week long to soak up all those drink specials. Mon.-Fri., 5-7pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35. Free.

Diversity Outreach Meeting Feel that? It's empowerment. Find more and get mobilized every Monday. Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm. Texas Democratic Party Headquarters, 505 W. 12th #200.,

PFLAG-Georgetown Allied love is the best family. Fourth Mondays, 6:45-9pm. Independent Bank Community Room, 1503 Rivery, Georgetown.

Geeks Who Drink Quiz Game Be a geek. Be a bear! Buy a drink! Win cash prizes! Mondays, 8-10pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth.

Drink-N-Drag Xacora Cayne hosts. Weekly performers include: Jame Perry, Mai Flirt, Brandi Williams, Cici Carerra Ortiz, and Kara Foxx Paris. Tuesdays, 11pm. Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Cafe, 8565 Research. Free.

TuezGayz Dependably fruitastic: Austin's legendary weekly weekday gay night on Red River. Tuesdays, 9pm. Barbarella, 615 Red River.

Get to Know Your Council Candi­dates It's the Log Cabiners' September meeting, post-Pride recap, and candidate meet-and-greet. Thu., Sept. 25, 6-8pm. The Departure Lounge, 311 W. Fifth #102. $5 donation.

Texas Women Vote! Burlesque the Vote! and Legislate This! team up (imagine a Coco Lectric and Ginger Snaps sandwich – you. wish.) to help you navigate a painless path toward understanding voter ID, registration, precincts, and everything red, white, and blue all over. Thu., Sept. 25, 9pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $15 ($10, advance).

Austin Pride Festival Lineup

Gay Place: DON'T Rain on My Parade!
Photo by Devaki Knowles

When Austin Pride first reinvigorated its talent program back in 2011, they booked an impressive lineup of national and nostalgic acts. The tradition marches on, and since 2011, they've never released the full schedule before festival day. Boy, did they let us have it! Acts herein are listed by the time of sets in which they will appear. Artist order within each hour set will not be released until Saturday.


11am-5pm: DJ Sliver, DJ Apollo Zeitgeist, DJ Divorcée


11am-3pm hosted by Arcie Cola

11am-noon: DJ C-Rail, Serafia, Dee Dee Davis;

Noon-1pm: Casey Lee Kline, Ghost Wolves;

1-2pm: Butch County, JohnSin Burlesque, Serotonin;

2-3pm: Mike Munich, Rachel Mykels, Nadine Hughes, Luciana

3-7pm hosted by Michelle Visage

3-4pm: Big Dipper, Kelly Kline, Simone Riviera, JohnSin Burlesque, Milk–Pt.1, Mechelle Marco, Jujubee–Pt.1;

4-5pm: Cece Peniston, Kai Lee Mykels, Cupcake, Lady Grackle, Michelle Visage, Milk–Pt.2, Jujubee–Pt.2;

5-6:30pm: Le1f, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Althea Trix, Taylor Dayne

All acts and times subject to change without notice. Sat., Sept. 20, 11am-6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia. $17-100.;

Austin Pride Events: Thu.-Sun., Sept. 18-21

THU., Sept. 18:

WERK! Werk it, grrrls. This fashion show borrows some designs straight from Project Runway. RuPaul's beloved season 6 winner, Bianca Del Rio, hosts. Silent auction, with merch and swag from your fave Austin shops/designers. 7pm. Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces.

FRI., Sept. 19:

Official Austin Pride Ladies Party Meet-and-greet with Serafia, and DJ Mary Coronado spins all night long. 9pm-2am. V Nightclub, 409 Colorado. $10 general, $350 VIP.

GLOW Party Everything goes black tonight at Castro's. Black lights that is, so don some white clothes and get yerself on the dance floor. 10pm. Castro's Warehouse, 213 W. Fourth. $5.

SAT., Sept. 20:

Austin Pride Festival 2014 The gay. The day. It's all here: the booths, the heat, the nonprofits, the heat, the flirting, the heat ... Get some shade under the stage roof as Taylor Dayne and a slew of adorableness (see below for full lineup and times) make you sweat. 11am-6pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia. $17-100.

Gay Place Booth & Parade Krewe

The Austin Chronicle will have a booth and parade entry (seek our swag). Come hang out and say hi! Austin Pride Festival (requires admission), Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia, 11am-6pm; Austin Pride Parade, Texas State Capitol, down Congress, to the Fourth Street Gay District, 8pm, Free.

Pre-Parade Dance Party The Stephen F. Austin turns into the Emerald City and Oz is throwing a dance party to a-wait the roll out. DJ C-Rail, Drag Race stars (including parade emcee Raven) and oh, just about 100,000 of your closest friends. 7:30pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress. Free.

Austin Pride Parade 2014 Last year, we cracked the 100,000 mark. Care to make it 100,001? She lines up east of the Capitol on San Jacinto and rolls along 11th in front of the pinkest dome in the land, turns onto Congress and heads toward Gaybarville. Are you rollin' or are you strollin'? Either way, get in your place amongst these proud, proud people. Damn right we're proud. 8pm. Texas State Capitol, Free.

Sun., Sept. 21:

Austin Pride Drag Brunch It's the big wrap. The comedown after a day and night with family. A fancy feast for all who hold an "All Access" pass to Pride (individual tickets available). Miss Austin PRIDE Emeritus, Kai Lee Mykels and her ladies are sure to entertain and entice. Pass the butter! 11am-2pm. Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia $17-100.

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