Nearly 30 years after the first Gay Pride events in Indianapolis, the annual tradition continues with a week of events ranging from health seminars to family picnics.
This year’s educational seminar will focus on “Breast Cancer & the GLBT Community.” Lesbians, as a group, have a higher incidence of certain risk factors known to be linked to breast cancer. Those risk factors are having never birthed a child, smoking and alcohol use. The seminar will take place at the Phoenix Theatre (749 N. Park Ave.) at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9. The IN Pride 2006 Seminar is being co-sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A reception, sponsored by the Indianapolis Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Aesop’s Tables immediately following.
The fourth annual GLBT Pride Parade kicks off the day on Saturday, June 10. The parade will once again begin at the corner of College and Massachusetts Avenue and will continue down Massachusetts Avenue to Vermont Street. The parade will turn west onto Vermont Street and end at the Pride Festival at University Park. Parade assembly starts at 9 a.m. The parade step-off will be at 10 a.m. This year’s parade will feature approximately 10 floats created by Expo Design, walking units, local celebrities and dignitaries, and two marching bands.
Immediately following the parade, the IN Pride 2006 Festival will be held in University Park (Vermont and Meridian street). The festival will feature a food court, alcohol/beverage tent, non-profit community organizations, merchant vendors and two stages. This year’s headliner is international recording star RuPaul, whose worldwide hit “Supermodel (You Better Work)” was released in November 1992. Since then, he has appeared in over 17 motion pictures, and his duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Elton John, peaked at No. 7 on the European charts. Other featured entertainers include DJ Phillip Amoyal, DJ Andy Austin, the Pride of Indy Marching Band, Holly Petree, Justin Aydt, Cynthia Layne, Jennie Devoe, Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and Indianapolis Women’s Chorus.
The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus will close its 16th season with a special Pride Concert, “Back Home Again in Indiana,” a tribute to the musicians of Indiana and featuring songs about the state of Indiana. The chorus will explore the songs of some relatively unknown composers as well as pay tribute to two of Indiana’s most well-known musicians: Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter. The concerts will be held Saturday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. in The Old Centrum located at 12th Street and Central.
The annual Pride Picnic will take place on Sunday, June 11 from noon-4 p.m. at the Pagoda at Garfield Park, 2450 S. Shelby St. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served. Volleyball and “drag” games will be held. The picnic is free but donations to help defray costs will be requested. This year’s picnic is co-sponsored by Indiana Black Pride.
For more information on this year’s Pride events go to www.indyprideinc.com.