It’s Pride Weekend and once again Las Vegas is ready with open, glittery arms. Even our “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign” is dressed for the occasion. Now get out your day planner and get ready: Here are seven ways to pack your Pride with pizazz.
We hope your hot pants are glow-in-the-dark. The Night Parade marches from West Charleston Blvd. down 4th Street to Ogden Ave. Local personalities Chris Saldaña and Dayna Roselli host the festivity that’s sure to include lots of floats and feathers, plus fierce performances on the main stage at Bridger Ave. If you can’t make the action in person, tune in for a live broadcast at Cox96.net. (8 p.m. on Sept. 6, LasVegasPride.org.)
We’ve heard of coat check, but clothes check? Yep. You can ditch your whole outfit and dive into a foam party at Krave Massive. DJs Michael Graves and Mikey Francis provide the sudsy tunes; swimwear or skivvies are encouraged. (450 Fremont St., 11 p.m. on Sept. 6, KraveMassive.com.)
Shimmy into your spandex and report to the “Fruit Loop;” it’s time for the Superheroes with Pride Party with DJs Majesty and Vago, and a performance by Drag Queen CoCo Vega. Fly in before 10 p.m. for free entry. Piranha, FreeZone and 8 ½ Ultra Lounge are all participating. (Paradise Rd. at Naples, 9 p.m. Sept. 6-7, Facebook.com/PiranhaVegas.)
The fête de resistance is the Pride Festival, sweeping over Clark County Amphitheater all day Saturday. In addition to a concert headlined by the “Madonna of Albania,” Bleona, there’ll be food, drinks and vendors galore. If the lot is packed, park it at the World Market Center and take a free shuttle to the festival. (500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Noon-10 p.m., LasVegasPride.org.)
The Center hosts a free performance by Jade Esteban Estrada in his one-man show “Icons: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 4.” Estrada playfully portrays Plato, Virginia Woolf, Freddy Mercury and more, mixing dance and comedy to explore the influence of these historic figures in the LGBT community. (401 S. Maryland Pkwy., 8 p.m. on Sept. 7, TheCenterLV.com.)
Two weeks ago, “Same Love” singer Mary Lambert graced the VMA-stage to perform alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and to accept a moon man for “Best Video with a Social Message.” Still celebrating the win, and still promoting the message of marriage equality, Lambert will sing the track inside Vanity Nightclub as part of the weekend-long Shedonism slate of events. Wear layers—her voice will give you chills. (In Hard Rock Hotel, 10 p.m. on Sept. 7, HardRockHotel.com.)
Those sassy spats you see on E!’s Fashion Police—those are scripted by stand-up comedian Julie Goldman. Catch Goldman, a former cast member on Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show, opening for Greg Morton at the Laugh Factory. (In Tropicana, nightly at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. through Sept. 8, LaughFactory.com.)
For more listings, visit LasVegasPride.org.