- Mark A. Lee
- A scene from 2013's Pride Skate.
Indy Pride, Inc. is adding three new events to this year's Pride Week, two of them announced today - a Pride Bowl on June 7, and an Indianapolis Men's Chorus concert on June 13.
Indy Pride is partnering with the Greater Indianapolis Fourth of July Classic, an international LGBT bowling tournament, to host Pride Bowl at All-Star Bowling (726 N. Shortridge Road) on June 7 from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children for up to three game; all skill levels are welcomed.
The Indianapolis Men's Chorus program fills a Friday night slot on Pride Week that's been traditionally left open before Saturday's festival and parade. The concert is 8 p.m., June 13 at Marian University Theatre (3200 Cold Spring Road); tickets run $25 at the door, $20 advance, with a $5 discount for seniors and students.
The previously announced new event is Diversity Night with the Fever, basically a Pride takeover of the Fever's June 11 game vs. the Seattle Storm, featuring a post-game, courtside interview conducted by Indy Pride with Fever 2013 draft pick Layshia Clarendon and head coach Lin Dunn.
And here are the remaining Pride Week events, from an Indy Pride, Inc. press release:
Saturday, June 7: Rainbow 5K Run/Walk. Now in its third year, the Rainbow 5K Run/Walk once again kicks off Pride week for Indianapolis. All proceeds from the Rainbow 5K Run/Walk will support the Indy Pride Resource Center Fund and provide HIV education through the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. In 2013, over 560 participants raised over $15,000. This represented a 57% increase in participation and 87% more funds, compared with 2012. Registration begins at 7am, and runners step off at 8:30am. The 5K run and 5K walk will both start and end at 22nd and Talbott Streets and follow a street course through Herron Morton neighborhoods. Because this is an urban course, registration will be capped at 1,000 participants. Registration is available online at Rainbow5K.com.
Sunday, June 8: Community Picnic & Bat n' Rouge. Indy Pride Bag Ladies returns for a sixth year to defend their home turf. This time, however, they are playing for keeps! Who will lose? Who will win? Who will pitch? Who will catch? One thing is certain: This popular charity event is fabulous train-wreck not to be missed.
Bat n' Rouge starts at 2pm. But before the game, bring the entire family out to the Garfield Park Corporate Shelter (2524 Conservatory Road) for the Community Picnic at 12 p.m. Both events are free and all-ages.
Sunday, June 8: Pride Skate. Pride Skate has been a community favorite since its inception several years ago. With a Wizard of Oz theme, this years event will continue to be held at Roller Cave Family Fun Center on the East side of Indianapolis, and continues to be one of the most highly anticipated events. This event is all ages event and happens 6-9pm. Keep an eye on www.circlecityINpride.org for complete details as they are announced.
Monday, June 9: Pet Pride. Pets have long since been integral in defining 'family' for many, irrespective of identity. Pet Pride understands this and focuses on bringing together the community and their pets. Going on its 4th year, Pet Pride 2014 promises to be a barking good time!
The ever-popular pet fashion competitions return with great prizes, and this year's categories include:
A Face Only A Parent Could Love
Enjoy amazing food from the many on-site vendors, or find a new friend for Fido in the puppy play pools. You may also fall in love thanks to adoption opportunities from local animal shelters on hand. The event takes place at Garfield Park, Shelters 3 & 4, 2524 Conservatory Road, in Indianapolis. The event is all ages, has free admission, and begins at 6pm.
Pre-registration is recommended at www.circlecityinpride.org/pet-pride.
Tuesday, June 10: Band Concert & Movie Night. Formed in the spring of 2005, Pride of Indy Bands is comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-friendly musicians. With several ensembles, Pride of Indy Bands collectively serve as a musical and educational resource to the Central Indiana community and will hold their 9th Anniversary Concert as a featured event during Pride week. One of the Pride of Indy Bands ensemble will perform summertime favorites starting at 7:00pm at the Old Firehouse Lawn located at the intersection of Mass Ave and College Ave in downtown Indy, across from FortyFive Degrees. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music in this fantastic downtown outdoor location and stay for the movie night, held immediately after. This year's movie: The Wizard of Oz.
This all ages, free admission event will also feature food vendors on site. Donations are gladly accepted at the door to benefit Indy Pride, Inc. For more information about the Pride of Indy Bands: http://www.prideofindy.org/
Thursday, June 12: Bag Ladies - Loud & Proud. The Bag Ladies have long-since been a staple in the Indianapolis gay community and Circle City IN Pride week. They're quite possibly the nation's first HIV/AIDS fundraising organization and a favorite CCINP event by many. Since the initial bus tour in 1981, more and more men and women have become part of this on-going and ever-growing tradition. Last year saw 300 attendees entertained by 14 Bag Ladies.
The event will take place at Greg's, formerly Our Place, at 231 E. 16th St., beginning at 9pm (doors at 8pm). The event is 21+ with valid ID and a suggested $5 donation will be accepted at the door.
More about The Bag Ladies' History: www.indyprideinc.org/history-of-the-bag-ladies/
Thursday, June 12: Girl Pride. 2013's Girl Pride sold out. 2014 is set to do the same, with performances from Grammy-nominated Mary Lambert, who co-wrote and sang on the equality anthem "Same Love" with Macklemore; and Luciana, Queen of Electro-/NuWave-House. Lambert's musical style is often compared to Adele, Tori Amos, Bon Iver, and James Blake, with topics that run through her early childhood traumas: sexual abuse, body image, bipolar disorder, drug abuse, homosexuality and religion. Luciana's unique stage presence blends fiery attitude with her feisty, in-your-face, punk-grrl vocals for an explosive performances that will leave you a breathless.
Girl Pride will be held at Talbott Street Nightclub, located at 2145 N Talbott Street. Indianapolis, IN 46202. The event is 21+ with valid ID, and tickets are available now at girlpride2014.bpt.me/.
Saturday, June 14: Cadillac Barbie Pride Parade. Indy's first Pride Parade featured one float, an antique truck, some antique cars, and a few drag queens. It lasted approximately 15 minutes. Today, the parade lasts over two hours and is one of the largest parades in the city, having grown to include 24 floats, 130 units, 175 vehicles, 2,500 walkers, and over 35,000 spectators.
In 2011, the parade was re-christened after the Indy Pride Bag Lady alter-ego of Gary Brackett, the person who started it all. And in 2014, Indy Pride, Inc. is proud to continue with that tradition. The 2014 Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade is expected to be the biggest yet, with over 150 units mixed between walking groups, vehicles, and floats.
The parade will line up at 8:30 AM, Saturday, June 14th, 2014, at the corner of Mass Ave and College Ave, and will step off at 10:00 AM. The parade will De-marshal at St. Clair in front of the Indianapolis Public Library. This is a free, all ages event, followed immediately by the CCINP Festival, located at the end of the parade.
Saturday, June 14: Circle City IN Pride Festival. It's hard to imagine an Indianapolis in June without the Circle City IN Pride Festival. The festival is now Indiana's largest LGBT celebration, stretching further than three city blocks, with 2 stages of entertainment and more than 300 vendors. Last year, it was attended by more than 80,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual people, reflecting the diversity that the festival champions. This year's entertainment will be provided by The Cliks, lead by transgendered frontman Lucas Silveira; pop-country star on the rise, Steve Grand; and many others to be announced, including bands, drag queens, and DJs local to Indiana.
The festival features a "Family Fun Zone" with activities for children of all ages, multiple food vendors, a health fair area, an interactive vendor area, and more.
The Circle City IN Pride Festival, presented by Absolut, will be held at the American Legion Mall, between St. Clair and Michigan, Meridian and Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The event is all ages. A suggested $5 donation can be made any of the festival entrances. Be on the look-out for more headliners and information to be announced on www.circlecityINpride.org and in future press releases.