Get Married at the 38th San Jose Annual PRIDE Celebration
The 38th San Jose Annual PRIDE Celebration is here on August 17 and 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at the San Jose Discovery Meadow Park located at West San Carlos St. and Woz Way in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens.
With so much to celebrate, this year’s festival theme, “Strength in Diversity” is woven throughout the weekend’s festivities offering variety of food, fun and activities.
San Jose PRIDE President Nathan Svoboda says, “This year’s team has made great strides to reinvent Pride with a new mission and forecasting a vision of community and sustainability.”
Start the fun on “Community Day” at 12:00 p.m. with local talent, vendors, food, and fun.
Families, youth and the community are invited to enjoy culture, amusement, entertainment and giveaways from an array of diverse vendors showcased in our Kaiser Permanente Health & Wellness Pavilion, Youth Hangout, Rainbow Chamber Business Square, and the Community Resource Area. A variety of art, crafts, jewelry and specially exhibitors are also be available. Patrons can join in Zumba, Cross Fit and Circuit Training demonstrations, courtesy of the Health Trust.
Svoboda adds, “We strengthened our partnerships within the public and private sectors in an effort to offer the Silicon Valley LGBTQ community more resources, access and equality. More work is to be done, but our efforts have been successful so far.”
Got engaged? Make history and get married at the festival. San Jose PRIDE is proud to announce this year’s featured, Matrimonial Grove offering on-site marriages, wedding planning tips, and more.
On Sunday start “Danc’n in the Park” at 12:00 p.m. join masters of ceremonies Mahlae and Cezon, as they present artists on The Alaska Airlines Stage, to include a drag queen review, local artists like Xavier Tascano, and headliner performances presented by The Water Garden and Splash Video Dance Bar featuring Headliners Jessica Sutta, former Pussycat Doll, Monique Abbadie from “The Voice” and Miami International Dance Music Sensation Sophi. Also Club Papi Productions presents dancing by Bay Area DJ’s Joseph Z, OlgaT, and St. John from 99.7 [NOW!].
“The Board listened to community feedback and suggestions and although we are limited financially, PRIDE is has partnered with Club Papi, The Watergarden, Splash and Smashwolf Productions to offer a diverse entertainment lineup that we hope everyone will enjoy over the weekend,” tells Svoboda. “I’m excited Kaiser and The Health Trust have returned to support an expanded Health & Wellness Pavilion and PRIDE is thrilled about collaborating with the Youth Space to offer the interactive Youth Hangout.”
Sunday’s tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. A VIP experience is also available for $100 which includes up to three alcoholic drinks, catered lunch and dinner.
All are invited to celebrate “Strength in Diversity” with PRIDE!
For Immediate Release
By Eydie Mendoza
The Gay Pride Celebration Committee of San Jose, Inc., known as San Jose PRIDE, is a not-for-profit organization instrumental in community outreach, education, advocacy, building solid partnerships, and has been dedicated to serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community of Silicon Valley since 1975.
Along with our sponsors San Jose PRIDE is Proud to welcome our new 2013 title sponsor Miller Lite and local distributor, DBI Beverage Inc. Rockstar is the official energy drink of the festival where guests can ”Party Like a Rockstar;” sample products and purchase variety of flavors during the festival weekend. Health & Wellness Pavilion presented by Kaiser Permanente, the Health Trust and the Santa Clara Public Health Department. The LGBT Youth Space and Outlet present the larger and interactive Youth Hangout.
Sangria is a new refreshing drink offered this summer at pride, courtesy of Barefoot who is the official wine and champagne of the festival. Additional sponsors include the Alaska Airlines Stage, Club Papi Productions, Smashwolf Productions Stage, The Watergarden, and the Capitol Fiat Street Team.