Pride Intramurals: So Big, One Parade and Party Isn’t Enough
Cleveland vs. Columbus
We all know by now: Cleveland rocks. And it rocks even more this year, as it has been selected as the host city for the 2014 Gay Games from August 9 to August 16, drawing 30,000 people to the city. With 36 events, some of the overflow competitions will be held 40 miles away in the welcoming city of Akron, Ohio.
On Saturday, June 28, Cleveland will celebrate its 26th Annual Cleveland Pride Parade at Voinvich Park, behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their Pride event focuses on demonstrating mutual respect and appreciation of similarities and differences in the community, and works to be inclusive of all age, race, culture, education, ethnicity, disability and lifestyle. It is a relatively small event, with only about 2,500 attendees, but it is heavy on marchers, among them many inclusive religious groups.
The festival draws many more people, up to 16,000 according to their 2013 count. Many people attend in the evening for the House Ball competition, now in its fourth year.
The festival features a family-friendly Triangle Stage, and a diverse Performance Stage for adults. There is an expanded food court and lakefront beer garden. Returning this year will be their signature Youth Towne Zone (provided by the partnership of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland), Young Children’s area, and more.
There’s a suggested donation of $10 to $20 at the gate, but all are welcome. For more information, visit clevelandpride.org.
Two hours away in Columbus, Ohio, on the weekend of June 20 and June 21, Stonewall Columbus Pride 2014 is proud to announce that George Takei will serve as the Grand Marshal for their annual celebration, including the 2014 Pride Brunch. Surprisingly, this annual event brings more than 200,000 people to celebrate in what Gay Travel has named its "Most Underrated Gay City."
The weekend includes a two-day festival on Friday and Saturday at Goodale Park, plus a Saturday-afternoon Pride Parade through downtown Columbus along High Street to Goodale Park.
Columbus Pride is all about the related events, from the June 6 Pride Unleashed Dance for Pride event, to the Friday night Betty Who and Andrew Christian Swimwear Fashion Show, to the Saturday night Unity Ball 13 inside Axis Club, with Dragapalooza held outside.
Celebs for Columbus Pride are a bit more lowbrow, among them "Glee" star Alex Newell, "American Idol" star Crystal Bowersox and "The Voice" star Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez, but this little city has a ton of heart, and a hell of a lot of revelers.
For more information, visit columbuspride.org.
Pride Across the U.S.
Pride is in full swing this season. Here are just a few of the major pride celebrations being held around the country this month. For a full list of Pride 2014 celebrations held from Albuquerque to Vancouver, visit edgeonthenet.com/pride.
Boston - June 6-15
Washington DC - June 7-8
Brooklyn Pride - June 9-14
LA - June 6-8
Philadelphia - June 8
Providence - June 21
Denver - June 21-22
New Orleans - June 20-22
Chicago - June 21-22
New York - June 27-29
San Francisco - June 27-29
Seattle - June 28-29