May the Pride be with you

 BeFunky_flag.jpgBy Susan Jordan

Come to the queer side of the Force with Sci Fi Pride on July 17-19. Events will include the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, July 18 and the Picnic (free admission this year) on Sunday, July 19, at Genesee Valley Park.

The Roc Pride Run takes place before the Picnic on July 19 at Genesee Valley Park and is a 5 K run and Fun Run (

Sassy in the South Wedge returns on July 16 from 6-8 p.m., to help kick off Rochester Pride with an exciting new location at Star Alley, 662 South Ave. Events include a live performance by Amanda Lee Peers (who was on The Voice), BRAWL (Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League), a scavenger hunt through the Wedge, Third Thursday bands Roc City Ramblers and Crawdaddies and lots more fun.

The Flag ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. on July 17 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square, as Rainbow Riders bring the Pride Colors through the Neighborhood of the Arts, Park Ave., the South Wedge, and Corn Hill. The ceremony will include arrival of the Rainbow Riders Cyclists, display of the 30’x50’ Rainbow Flag from the space frame, PPE color guard performance, reading of official proclamations, sashing of the Pride Parade Grand Marshall, and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Sue Cowell. The history exhibit will be available in the pavilion and at 9:15 there will be a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

The July 18 Parade, featuring a Sci Fi theme, will line up at noon and depart at 1 p.m., at the corner of Argyle St. and Park Ave. and will march down Park Ave. and pass through Goodman St. all the way to Alexander St. Making a left turn down Alexander, the Parade will begin a new route and turn right onto Monroe Ave. The parade will end on Chestnut St. right in front of MLK Jr. Park at Manhattan Square. Awards will be presented to the best marching units.

The Festival opens on the MLK Park site at 1:30 p.m., with music and activities for all ages. Headliners for the show include Mrs. Kasha Davis, singer Dianne Davidson (a former Rochesterian), Cazwell (famous for his Ice Cream Truck video), Futur Pointe Dance, Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Rochester Women’s Community Chorus and a special guest artist from Tilt. Samantha Vega and DeeDee Dubois are the hostesses, and DJs are Hector and Mighty Mic.

The Picnic is Sunday, July 19, and there are many exciting events that day, starting at 8:30 a.m. with the Roc Pride 5 K Run and Fun Run, at Genesee Valley Park. The Interfaith Service is at 11 a.m., and the Picnic runs from 1-7 p.m., featuring DJ Blake in the Roundhouse and local bands on the City Stage.

Other Pride-related events are coming up too, such as the Pride Golf Tournament, 10 a.m. on July 12 at Victor Hills Golf Club. The tournament is sponsored by 140 Alex and costs $85/person. That includes the tournament, lunch, and dinner and a show at 140 Alex. Proceeds will benefit the Gay Alliance. For registration call 734-9860.

On July 14 there will be a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Pride”, sponsored by SAGE Rochester and Third Presbyterian Church. It will take place at 6 p.m., with refreshments and discussion to follow the screening. It is free and open to the public, and the location is Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St. For information call 271-6513.

The Trans open mic, “The Good, the Bad and the Funny,” will take place July 16 at Equal Grounds, 750 South Ave. from 7-9 p.m.

Black Sheep Theatre will present a play, “Sordid Lives” by Del Shores, at Village Gate.

The Gay Alliance invites Rochester to join in celebrating what Spock’s Vulcan tradition called “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”.

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