Pride 2015: NC Pride gears up for celebration, parade and more

CoCo Peru to perform, parties and other events dot the Triangle area

DURHAM/RALEIGH , N.C.— NC Pride will be held from Sept. 24-27 in the Triangle and features a plethora of events, including drag performances, theatre presentations, social opportunities,  parties, parade and festival.

Festivities kick off on Sept. 24 with a Pride Edition evening at Legend’s Nightclub, 330 W. Hargett St. at 8:30 p.m. in Raleigh. Head down the street at 11 p.m. to see Stacey Layne Matthews and more from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” as well as enjoying Trailer Park Pride with “RuPaul’s” Alexis Mateo, at Flex Bar, 2 S. West St.

Over in Chapel Hill, enjoy pre-comedy desserts and coffee at Sugarland, 140 E. Franklin St., at 8 p.m.; LGBT comedy performers in “LGBT Stranger Danger” at DSI Comedy Theatre, 462 W. Franklin St., 10 p.m.; and cocktails under the stars on the rooftop at West End Wine Bar, 450 W. Franklin St., 11:30 p.m.

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On Sept. 25, events begin at 6 p.m. and continue throughout the night. There is something to satisfy discerning palettes: Crawl on Ninth Street (dinner, desserts and coffee at various locations); Shabbat potluck with Queer Jews & Friends; Pride happy hour; and parties at various bars and more across the Triangle.

CoCo Peru

CoCo Peru

CoCo Peru will take to the stage in “A Gentle Reminder” at Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner, at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at eventbright.com.

On Sept. 26, NC Pride showcases its festival and parade. The kick-off begins at 11:20 a.m. with an opening ceremony, followed by rally speakers, dignitaries and special performances. The parade starts at 1 p.m. Vendors and more will be on hand during the parade and festival which ends at 5 p.m.

That evening, participants can keep the celebration going with the NC Pride Bud Light Night Festival taking place in Raleigh and Durham. Parties begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 4 a.m.

NC Pride comes to a conclusion on Sept. 28 with post-Pride events at local bars, lunch at Madhatter Cafe, drag brunch and bingo, street concerts and coffee time.

More detail about events, including times, locations and more, is available online.

info: ncpride.org.

Pride fests news shorts from across the region

Festival seeks vendor applicants

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Blue Ridge Pride Festival slated for Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., in downtown Asheville is searching for business, community, organizational and other vendors for its celebration.

The theme this year is “Color Our World with Pride!”

Also, volunteers and sponsors are being recruited.

info/applications: blueridgepride.org.

Pride celebration includes weddings

GREENSBORO, N.C. — During the Greensboro Pride celebration on Sept. 19, couples will have the opportunity to become married through a special program created for the day.

Rev. Jac Grimes and/or Rev. Liz Grimes of All Faiths Wedding Officiants of the Triad will provide their services to couples as they perform wedding ceremonies under a wedding arch. They may choose among secular, spiritual, Christian or Earth-centered formats. Two witnesses who are 18-years-old and above must be present with each couple, along with a valid marriage license.

Couples will receive a certificate of marriage, wedding cake by Rosa Mae’s Catering of High Point which serves four-six, flowers for each couple member by Keepsake Bouquets and a gift bag filled with discounts and offers from local wedding vendors.

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Cost is $150. Total value of the package is over $400. Payment in cash is due prior to the ceremony.

info: triadweddingofficiant.com/#!get-married-at-pride/c53z.

Pridefest ushers in fall

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — OBX Pridefest will be held from Sept. 18-20 in the coastal North Carolina Outer Banks (OBX) area.

On Sept. 18, visitors can enjoy beach time at 1 p.m. at Jennette’s Pier, 7223 S. Virginia Dare Tr., Nags Head, a showing at 7:30 p.m. of the “Pirates of Penzance” by the New York City touring company at Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts, 100 Veterans Dr., Kill Devil Hills, and Sterling Maxwell’s King & Queens of Burlesque at 10 p.m. at Pamlico Jack’s, 6708 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, followed by DJ Sek Z Dance Party at midnight .

On Sept. 19, head out at noon to the 5th Annual Outer Banks Gay Pride Festival at First Colony Inn, 6715 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head. Entertainment includes Humble Tripe, Chris Mcauley, Dharc Wine, Someone’s Sister, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte and more. At 6 p.m., jump on board the Sunset Booze Cruise, departing from Pirate’s Cove Marina, 2000 Sailfish Dr., Manteo. After dinner, Delighted Tobehere will entertain with her one-woman musical comedy show at 10 p.m. at Pamlico Jack’s. At 11 p.m., watch Jamie Monroe, Veruca Assault, Kassandra Hylton, Lola Lovelace and Amore Diamond as they bring their Pride & Joy Drag Show to the stage. Continue the celebration with DJ Amy Alderman’s Dance Party at 12:30 a.m.

The festival completes on Sept. 20 with a variety of events. At 11 a.m. a drag brunch will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pier House, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Tr., Kitty Hawk. Jamie Monroe and Delighted Tobehere will be on hand to MC the event. Also, at 1 p.m., Wedding with Pride North Carolina LGBT Wedding Expo will take place at the hotel. And, finally, the celebration ends with Jamie Monroe’s Pridefest Wrap Party, drag show and dance club at 10 p.m., at Kelly’s Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy.

Other events will be held earlier in the week. Check out the website to learn more.

Full costs, ticket purchase and more for the festival are available online.

info: obxpridefest.com.

Entertainer announced for fest

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC’s march and festival, “Peace, Love, Pride,” has announced that it’s entertainment headliner will be Delighted Tobehere.

“Delighted has always been very supportive of our organization,” Keith Keppley, president of Upstate Pride SC, said. “It’s an honor to have her back after the Big Apple had a chance to see what we’ve always known: Delighted is a star.”

The festival will be held on Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Barnet Park, 248 E. St. John St.    To learn more, read qnotes online at goqnotes.com/36299/.

info: upstatepridesc.org.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.