Get Your Gay On Baby!
More than 80 nonprofits, local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations are set to participate in the first annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival taking place Saturday, June 30 in Salem, MA. All are welcome to attend this day-long event celebrating unity in the community.
“I’m so pleased to see the level of support for this initial North Shore Pride event,” said Board President Hope Watt-Bucci. “We envisioned this as a celebration for the entire North Shore community – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and straight allies, individuals and families – and that’s exactly what it’s shaping up to be. June 30th is going to be a terrific day – I hope everyone will join us.”
Local news anchor and longtime LGBT activist Randy Price is the Grand Marshal of the Parade, which kicks off on New Derby Street at 12 noon from the Salem Post office on Washington Street. Other special guests include openly gay Boston sportswriter Steve Buckley, Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll, and members of the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (NAGLY), who will receive the first annual North Shore Pride Community Award.
Following the parade, the community will gather on the Salem Common for a festival where organizations and vendors will provide information, networking and shopping throughout the day. On stage, performers will keep the crowd entertained all afternoon, including R&B singer (and recent Boston Pride Idol contestant) Rolla, acoustic pop act Seth Wonkka and his band, folk singer Deb Hardy, theatrical cabaret group What time is It Mr. Fox? and the world’s only all-female Queen tribute band Gunpowder Gelatine. Vaudeville performer Johnny Blazes will MC, as well as perform with hir band Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys. The music will be punctuated by drag performances, hoop dancers, and remarks from special guests, including a representative from the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition explaining the state’s recently-enacted gender identity non-discrimination law, and special recognition of the career-long LGBT advocacy of Congressman Barney Frank.
Following the festival, which wraps up around 5pm, revelers are invited to attend a free after party at the Hawthorne Hotel, with DJ Jodi.
North Shore Pride, Inc., an all-volunteer organization, is planning the day-long event to bring together and celebrate the LGBT community from across the North Shore region.
North Shore Pride, Inc, wishes to thank our major sponsor, Eastern Bank, whose instrumental support allowed this event to occur. In addition,North Shore Pride, Inc., wishes to thank North Shore Music Theatre, Lucas Noble Financial, Met Life and Spirit Magazine for their sponsorship. North Shore Pride, Inc. is very grateful for the support of these sponsors who have truly embraced our mission of “Unity in Our Community”.
North Shore Pride Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 30, 2012
10 a.m. Interfaith prayer service on the Salem Common
12 p.m. Parade kicks off on New Derby in front of the Salem Post Office
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Parade Festival on the Salem Common
5:30 p.m. – After Party at the Hawthorne Hotel (free admission, cash bar)