Las Vegas’ 19th annual Pride Night Parade returns to Downtown on October 20. Beyond the main event, the whole city will activate with gatherings such as an opening pool party at Alexis Park Resort, comedy night at Flair Nightclub and social hour at The W Hotel with members of the Human Rights Campaign. Here are a few suggestions on ways to prep for Pride, while celebrating and showing support for the local LGBTQ community.
Spread the Love
“This year we’re focused on female-centered events,” says James Healey, Pride’s board president. “We’ll have women’s speed dating, a comedy show, and a ‘titillating’ dance party.”
The official ladies night is October 18 at Flair Nightclub. Ladies Speed Dating hosted by Tatiana Lewis and Heidi Burgener kicks off at 7 p.m., while comedian and actress Shawn Pelofsky takes the stage at 9:30 p.m. immediately followed by the dance party.
Healey also notes that Pride loves to hear directly from the community. Whether it be feedback or to help spread awareness, he says use #LasVegasPride2017 on social media posts to join the conversation.
Know Your Way
The October 20 Night Parade pre-show starts at the main stage on 4th Street and Bridger Avenue at 6:30 p.m. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the parade begins on West Charleston Boulevard and continues north on 4th Street finishing at Ogden Avenue. And if you’re fashionably late, the Downtown Loop, a free shuttle service with seven stops around DTLV, has you covered with transportation around the area.
Where to Imbibe
Of course, what’s a celebration without a little partying at some of you favorite LGBTQ digs? Flair Nightclub hosts the official Parade after party with a drag show starting at midnight. Expect other LGBTQ bars such as The Garage, Badlands Saloon and Bastille to be weekend hot spots.
If you’ve got time to give, volunteers are welcome at Pride. From helping as a bar runner to being a part of the Festival Beautification squad, the parade team is looking for an assist. And if volunteering at one of the Pride events isn’t on your radar, the non-profit organization has other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. With a variety of other organizations that service the LGBTQ community, such as The Center, there are many ways to offer support.
Dressing for Pride
True to its roots of acceptance, Pride is a time to shine. Bright colors and Gaga-esque fashion are always Pride approved. For aspiring drag queens, or for those who’ve always wanted to try, Healey says the drag show events are a must and offer plenty of opportunities to learn the craft. “People who’ve never done drag get done up by professionals,” he says. “We also have professionals perform.”
For more information, visit lasvegaspride.org.