23rd Annual Nashville Pride Festival to take place Saturday at Riverfront Park

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 5:42pm
Staff reports

The 23rd Annual Nashville Pride Festival presented by Hallmark Volkswagen will be held Saturday, June 18, at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The annual event is a chance for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community and its allies to gather in celebration of advances made for GLBT equality.

From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., First Avenue between Demonbreun and Church Street will be closed as well as Broadway between First and Second avenues.

NPF officials expect this year’s festival to be the most highly attended to date as the event boasts an eclectic entertainment lineup that includes American Idol finalist Kimberly Caldwell, Jonny McGovern, Kat Graham, God-des & She, The Worsties, Knowing Me Knowing You and Leslie Dysinger on the Bridgestone Main Stage.

A variety of popular local acts will also perform throughout the day on the Hallmark Volkswagen Local Stage, and the Tribe & Play Entertainment Stage will be home to DJs and drag performances in Fort Nashboro.

General admission to the event is $5 and allows access to more than 100 vendors in the Nashville GLBT Chamber Marketplace, mobile food vendors, cold cocktails and frozen drinks, misting fans, karaoke, street performances, an inflatable kids’ zone, prizes and much more. VIP tickets are $50 and include food and drink at the festival. 

“The all-volunteer board of Nashville Pride has worked tirelessly for the past year, and we are so proud to have climbed out of debt over the past two years,” Pride President Jack Davis said in a release. “We hope everyone will notice the improvements made to this year’s festival. Don’t let the heat deter you. Riverfront Park is the place to be this Saturday for the biggest celebration of the year.”

The purpose of Nashville Pride is to maintain a sense of community and awareness of, about, and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and culture throughout Middle Tennessee.

For up-to-date information, visit www.nashvillepride.org.

4 Comments on this post:

By: PKVol on 6/17/11 at 8:32

I appreciate the reporting of this event so my family can steer clear of downtown on Saturday.

I only hope that the law enforcement present will treat the people attending the event with equality in that if they demonstrate lewd behavior in public, they will be cited. The fact that the event is for the GLBT community does not preclude them from following the laws.

Furthermore, if I need to purchase a Volkswagen in the future, I know where I won't be purchasing one. I see no reason to support a business that supports a lifestyle (choice) that I do not agree with.

By: chino on 6/17/11 at 9:37

PKVol you are correct.. Choosing to be the person you were born and not bowing to the bigotry of others is a choice. So in that regard it is a 'lifestyle choice.'

I am sure you will not be missed downtown nor at Hallmark Volkswagen. I am certain the good people at Hallmark know their market better then you and will gain far more business to open minded folks then they will lose to close minded bigots.

Enjoy your day with your family while Nashville's open minded folks enjoy theirs with their family.

One day people will look back at comments like yours and relate them to those that were expressed by bigots during the civil rights movements in the 60's. History will prove you and others that think as you do as uneducated and ignorant.

Remember someone you know and love is probably gay. Perhaps even a member of your own family.

By: Rocket99 on 6/17/11 at 10:48

chino, thank you for your response to PKVol.

Being GLBT is no more a choice than being straight.

Maybe PKVol should come downtown and go to the Pride festival and see that GLBT people look and act just like everyone else. May even see friends there. But then someone may see PKVol there and make the wrong assumption about how open minded and accepting this person is.

By: tomba1 on 6/18/11 at 3:35

Let's all try to be happy and live our lives the way we choose without all of this chatter. Those who attend, enjoy your day ! Those who don't, enjoy your day as well ! Ciao.