We’re almost there

By Dae Elliott | South Bay Alliance

Can you believe that South Bay Pride is less than a month away? My heart be still! I can almost guarantee no rain — almost — and of course, a bay breeze.

Our Port of San Diego Main Stage has an exciting lineup. We start the day with the amazing jazz of Celeste Barbier (noon) then turn to an hour of the genre-defying masterpiece band Vokab Kompany (1 p.m.). Next comes our favorites Rhythm & the Method (2:25 p.m.), Liz Grace & the Swing Thing (3:40 p.m.), Castillo Rock (4:55 p.m.) and the Social Animal (6:10 p.m.). And finally, the nighttime beach party starts with two hours of high-energy performance by Ricky Rebel (7:25 p.m.) and our headliner, nationally acclaimed pop star, Ivy Levan at 9:45 p.m.

If that is not enough to get your booty moving then you can visit our On Deck DJ Stage sponsored by Flicks and GSDBA! Schedule as follows: DJ SuSu (1:30 p.m.) – ‘80s Pop; DJ Dida (3:10 p.m.) – Latin Dance; DJ EvLo (4:40 p.m.) – House Dance; DJ Starlett (6 p.m.) – EDM; and the fantastic DJ Fariba gives us two hours of Latin Dance from 7 – 9 p.m.

In addition to the spectacular music entertainment, our amazing artisans and vendor/exhibitors, you can enjoy the delicious food, a refreshing beverage or sip on a craft cocktail while you stroll throughout the extended festival grounds and enjoy all that this magnificent event has to offer.

We have a public viewing of San Diego portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt near our AIDS Memorial Stage on the south side of Bayside Park. Here, we will have even more community entertainment during the day while raising consciousness about the AIDS Memorial project here in San Diego County spearheaded by Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The Imperial Court de San Diego is once again sponsoring the Children’s Activities during the day. Their generous support will allow us to provide some fun inflatables. Chula Vista Kayak has offered a special deal for South Bay Kayak Tours at $5 per person. All but the 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. tours are already full, so if you are interested, please visit southbaypride.org/rentals and submit your reservation. Those of you with kayaks, paddle boards, etc., bring them down. We have the beach.

Oh yeah, have you heard? We are having our first Mr., Miss, Ms. & Mx. Gay Pride of South Bay Contest held in conjunction with Imperial Court de San Diego. Nominees must reside in the area south of state Route 94 in San Diego County to be eligible. The judged categories for this contest are Personal Speech (What does Pride mean to you?) and Pride Attire (a creative outfit that expresses your personal Pride).

If you know someone or would like yourself to be South Bay Pride and Imperial Court’s representative for the South Bay, please visit our website to submit the nomination form. Just go to SouthBayPride.org and scroll down the home page to submit our online form.

So come out and get your PRIDE on! This is a FREE, community Pride event for everyone! We are just 10 minutes south of Downtown San Diego with easy access through the Trolley and on Interstate 5, as well as, inexpensive transportation to and from the H Street Trolley Center. Everyone that has come has loved it and we are sure you will too!

— Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at southbayalliance@gmail.com.

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