Palm Springs Pride 2017 is once again free along the palm tree lined streets of Palm Canyon Drive this year! So come out and enjoy all the events in Palm Springs. Earlier this month, the Pride Honors Awards were held to celebrate individuals for “the work they have put into furthering the causes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies.” Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Marshall Pearcy and Douglas Woodmansee, who have raised over $2 million for charity since their stage debut 37 years ago as Dottie Du Bois and Maude Chapeau. With over forty years of service advancing the LGBT movement and special recognition for her commitment to raise the visibility of the lesbian community, Louise Minnick was honored as the Volunteer of the Year. The Transgender Community Coalition, the largest transgender organization in the Inland Empire serving the needs of the local transgender community, was celebrated as the Organization of the Year. Desert Storm Veteran and community leader Kerry Hendrix was presented with the Spirit of Pride Award for advancing equality, promoting diversity and celebrating the strength and talent of the LGBT community. The 2017 Friend of Pride went to business and community leader who has stalwartly supported the LGBT community Carolyn Caldwell, and the Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award recognized retired professor of nursing, DeAnn Young, whose life has been guided by the belief that one should give to others and the community.

PRIDE KICKOFF – Friday November 3rd

#PridePopUp

Join GED Magazine on Friday, November 3rd from 7-9pm at the Palm Springs Fan Club (next door to ARRIVE, 1551 N. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA) for “Pop-Up” Party to kickoff the Palm Springs Pride weekend!  There is NO COVER for this all-inclusive event, a celebration of the Palm Springs LGBT Community and its supporters. The event has indoor/outdoor space and will feature tray passed appetizers, desserts, no-host bar, live DJ, a fun array of special guests (drag queens, celebrities and more) as well as other fun suprises! So come mix and mingle, meet and greet, eat and drink, and show your pride. Regular updates will be on the event page, so check back often! (RSVP preferable HERE. Invite your Friends!)

PRIDE WEEKEND – Sat/Sun, November 4th/5th

Palm Springs Front Runners 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 4th (Race starts at 8:00am) North Palm Canyon Drive at West Chino Drive Registration Fee: $35 (Sept. 16 to Oct. 30), $40 (Oct. 31 to Nov. 4). Same Day Registration will be available starting at 6:30 am until 7:45 am. Run benefits LGBT Center of the Desert. 5K Run and walk starts at Palm Canyon Drive at West Chino Drive (behind The Corridor Shops complex) and goes through the Old Las Palmas neighborhood for a 3.1 mile out and back loop with a slight elevation change of approximately 200 ft. All participants receive a colorful, microfiber t-shirt and each finisher will get a three-inch commemorative medal. Awards will be presented to top male and female finishers in designated age categories. Online registration available at: www.priderunpalmsprings.com.

Arenas Block Party

Saturday, November 4th @ 6pm-11pm  A fun night of Pop, Drag, and Rock ’n’ Roll, performances. The party starts with the Dyke March Rally at 6:00pm and then Drag King Jesse Jones takes the stage and followed by vocalist Keisha D. Continuing with pop artist Z LALA, then The Gand Band performs their Rock ’n’ Soul jukebox full of 60s Psychedelic, Spy, Sci-Fi, and Surf music, 70s Funk, and Chicago Blues. Making a special appearance in Palm Springs is fun-loving party queen Mama Tits, the star of Seattle’s #1 and longest running weekly drag brunch. Closing the Block Party with their epic pop sound is cutting-edge British music duo Unsung Lilly.

Palm Springs Pride Festival

Saturday, November 4th @ 10am-10pm Sunday, November 5th @ 10am-5pm Downtown Palm Springs is the setting for the largest LGBT gathering in the Coachella Valley. A vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California with a diverse array of artists, entertainers, multiple beverage gardens and purveyors of all sorts including, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to great shopping restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues located along world-famous Palm Canyon Drive and the result is like no place else – Palm Springs Pride. The festival includes music stages, DJs, dancing in the streets, food vendors, 150 exhibitors and non-profit organizations, a Youth Zone, HIV testing, and more! The Palm Springs Pride Festival is FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL. Be sure to look for GED MAGAZINE at the festival and stop by for free goodies.

Palm Springs Pride Parade

Sunday, November 5th @ 10am Rainbow flags and glitter will fill the streets for a very scenic Pride Parade. The parade steps off at 10am at Tachevah and travels south along historic Palm Canyon Drive from Uptown Design District to the opening gates of the Palm Springs Pride Festival at Amado Road, ending about 12noon. The 2017 Grand Marshals are: as the National Grand Marshal, retired United States Navy SEAL Kristin Beck. Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck is known to be the first female Navy SEAL. Beck distinguished herself in 20 years of exceptionally meritorious service with Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the U.S. Navy SEAL teams before retiring in 2011 and after taking part in thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments. She was a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), a special counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six, and received multiple military awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor, a Purple Heart and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Recognized as Community Grand Marshal is Palm Springs’ very own singer-entertainer and restaurateur Michael Holmes. Known as owner of Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, the leader of The Michael Holmes Trio, and the creator and star of The Judy Show! Michael is recognized for his generosity in supporting the local community. From entertaining to hosting a wide variety of charity benefits, Michael Holmes makes a positive and lasting impact on Palm Springs. Not content to just run a successful business, Michael also participates in the local community fulfilling a personal goal to give back. Generous with his time and not shy at the microphone, you can see Michael regularly hosting a wide variety of charity benefits, for diverse charities including the American Cancer Society, the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, The LGBT Center of the Desert, Dezart Productions, the Gay Men’s Chorus, David Green’s Musical Theatre University, Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, and Dine Out For Life. A local businessman and community leader with a big heart. Fitness expert Craig Ramsay and celebrity hairstylist Brandon Liberati who shared their first year of marriage with the world on the Bravo show “Newlyweds: The First Year,” have been named Celebrity Grand Marshals of the 2017 Palm Springs Pride Parade. Craig and Brandon are no strangers to Palm Springs. They love the city so much they were married at the Riviera Resort on May 11, 2014. When Craig and Brandon decided to tie the knot they also decided to share their love with the world. Their nuptials were filmed for their Bravo show and appeared in the premiere episode.

Viva La Vida Pool Party @ CCBC

Saturday, November 4th @ 10am-10pm Join men from around the world for a day of sunshine, music and fun. Here’s the itinerary: Food Fun and Frolic (12noon-2pm); Drag Show (1pm); Mr. CCBC Pride 2017 Contest (First Place wins Two night Stay); Keisha D Sings Live (3pm); Turkish oil wrestling (4pm); and Foam Party (9pm). Admission is $30.00 in advance or $35 at the door. Clothing Optional. 21+. Use coupinn code: CCBC17 and waive online fees. CCBC Resort is located at 68-300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City, CA. 760-324-1350. www.ccbcps.com

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