Gay Day Play-By-Play

Late-Breaking Events From Your Calendar Girl

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I love Gay Pride week! It's my third favorite holiday, right after my birthday on July 1 and Halloween night. Pride day, this year on Saturday, June 11, means that summer has returned to my Duke City. It's a kind of grand marshal to warm weather, friends and seemingly boundless possibility. Each time it's more fabulous than I have ever remembered.

The fine folks at ABQPride just shot us an e-mail with lots of juicy specifics for this weekend's Pride Day at Expo New Mexico. Be sure to scan the schedule below before you hit the fairgrounds on Saturday. As a side note, the Alibi will be participating in the parade, too. Keep your eyes peeled for a spectacular float and “wedding chapel” hosted by your favorite Alibi-sexuals. Come on out and say “howdy!”

At Pride this year we will have four stages of entertainment:

Kareoke Stage – Admin Lot behind Indian School/Pride Archives Building –

12:00 – 5:00pm (best performer will perform on main stage at 5:15pm)

Drag Stage – under the Pavillion Tent – 12:00 – 5:00pm (best performer will perform on main stage at 5:10pm)

Kids Stage (KOB Stage) – (tentatively scheduled) – exotics of the rain forest (12:45 – 2:15pm) – plus the face painters, moon jump and a special suprise from Whole Foods

Main Stage/Boxcar Stage – lineup from 11:45 – 5:30 pm – our headliner Ultra Nate is on at 1:00pm and our featured performer, Gioia, formerly of Expose is on at 3:00pm:

11:45am Opening – Welcome, National Anthem (NMGMC/AVER), Centering

(Balance from Zuni Mountain Sanctuary), City Proclamation*

12:00pm Introduce Grand Marshals – Delmas Howe & Harmony Hammond

12:05pm UCS Performance – Emperor Ken*& Empress Mercedes*

12:15pm Introduced Honored Dignitaries

12:25pm Art Show Winners

12:35pm OPEN

12:45pm Albuquerque Kings Club*

1:00pm Headliner: Ultra Nate – sponsored by the Pulse*

1:45pm Sponsor Introductions

1:50pm Miss NM Gay Pride 2005*

1:55pm Sponsor Introductions

2:00pm Dana Goldberg, Comedian

2:20pm Sponsor Introductions

2:25pm Vertigo Venus*

2:55pm Mr NM Gay Pride 2005 *

3:00pm Featured Performer, Gioia, Formerly of Expose*

3:45pm Announce Parade Winners

3:50pm Guyz & Dollz*

3:55pm Silent Auction Winners

4:00pm MsTer NM Gay Pride 2005*

MsTer NM Youth Gay Pride 2005*

4:10pm Raquel Del Rio/Throb*

4:15pm Miss NM Youth Gay Pride 2005*

Mr NM Youth Gay Pride 2005*

4:25pm April James & Company*

4:55pm Ms NM Gay Pride 2005*

Ms NM Youth Gay Pride 2005*

5:05pm OPEN

5:10pm Winner from Drag Stage

5:15pm Winner from Kareoke Stage

All the buildings at Pridefest will be open 12:00 -6:00pm on Friday.

Friday you can attend the “Meet the VIP’s/Art Show Awards” reception from 6:00-8:00pm at Fine Arts and then the community opening of Hispanic Arts (Delmas Howe, Harmony Hammond, Expression Uncensored shows) at 7:30 – 10:00pm.

The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe video will be shown at 8:30pm. Suggested dontation for each event is $10.

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