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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 036. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/707.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com PRIDE EDITION JUNE 27, 2003 3 Pride 2003 4 Parade is Houston Pride highpoint Largest crowd ever expected to line up along Westheimer to see marchers By PENNY WEAVER Celebrating 25 years of Gay Pride in Houston culminates this weekend with the infamous parade hosted by the Pride Committee of Houston (PCOH). Volunteers who have helped organize the annual event are — to say the least — excited. "There's more than 100 floats, and there's dignitaries and all that kind of stuff." said Ryan Rice, PCOH public and media relations director. "It's going to be everything we've always had but more. We're expecting over 200,000 people. We're low-balling it with that. "It's going to be such a big huge crowd of diversity," he added. The 2003 Houston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Parade steps off at 8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Units in the parade must line up ahead of time — at 6 p.m. for floats, 7 p.m. for vehicles, and 7:30 p.m. for walking units, according to the Pride Committee. All units must be in place and ready by 8 p.m. The parade route (see map on page 5) runs east on Westheimer Road from Woodhead to Whitney. The main reviewing stand will be along Westheimer at Lincoln. In case of extreme weather, the parade may be cancelled no later than 7 p.m., parade organizers note. Highlights of this year's parade include celebrities such as actor Robert Gant of "Queer As Folk," who will ride on the South Beach float, Rice noted. With 125 entries, the parade can't get any larger. "We're tapped out. There's not much longer we can make that parade," Rice said. Future parades may have to be first- come, first-served. [But] we haven't had to tell anyone 'no' yet." The number of entries must be limited in order to control the time that the parade takes, Rice explains. The fest must wrap up by 11 p.m. New surprises are in store for spectators this year. "The chandelier's going to be neat," Rice said. "We have a 1,000-pound chandelier that's going to hang over Montrose and Westheimer." Fireworks will be set off during the parade march, and a pyrotechnics show also will be offered near the main reviewing stand at Westheimer and Lincoln. "The pyrotechnics show is totally new. We spent a lot of time on that," Rice said. "And there's individual performances that break up some of the dead space in the parade." This year, organizers have arranged for parade entries that include performances to stop at several different locations along the parade route so that more spectators Wtwj 800^ £*^3-a». ' •b— m J* • 9? $ i Highlights of this weekend's Pride festivities include the second annual Pride Cabaret (see story, page 4) and, of course, Houston's infamous nighttime Pride Parade (see parade route map, page 5; parade lineup, page 12). (Photos by Dalton DeHart) can see the shows. "Another really neat thing is going to be the pre-parade concert," Rice said. That performance runs from 6 to 8:15 p.m, Saturday and features Amber, who will sing her top dance hits, "Above the Louds", "Yes", and "Need to be Naked." Also joining in the concert will be popular local talent including the Gay Men's Chorus, Nancy Ford and Kofi, among many others. The concert will be held at the Budweiser Stage at Westheimer and Yoakum. Since this is the 25th anniversary of the parade, it is particularly special. "It should be very silver because it's our silver anniversary." Rice said. "We're honoring all the past grand marshals. All the living grand marshals are going to kick off the parade." The fun also will include vendor booths on Yoakum Street in a street festival type of atmosphere, according to Rice. The entire spectacle takes hours upon hours of volunteer work to achieve. "The committee itself puts in so much work throughout the entire year. As soon as it's over we start again," Rice said. "It should be a great show." As in the past, Maria Todd of KRBE 104 and Ernie Manouse of Channel 8's weekday news will be announcing from the judges' stand at Lincoln and Westheimer. Parade judges this year are Carol Wyatt, community activist; Brenda Thomas, community activist; Jone Devlin, QueerVoices host; Pamela Zager of Red Bull; and Larry Bagneris, City of New Orleans Human Rights Commissioner. The parade prizes recognize the diversity of the entries as well, Christensen noted. The Ruby Slipper Award goes to the best walking unit, and the Gypsy Rose Award is for the best out-of-town entry. Awards named Edison and Rainbow Lights are for lighting on non-professionally and professionally built units, respectively, and the Houston and Texas trophies go to non- professionally built and professionally built motorized units. All entries are eligible for the Stonewall and Spirit of Montrose honors. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday as Manouse and Gant help present trophies at 5 p.m. at O Houston, 710 Pacific. MORE ON TAP The parade is not the only entertainment this weekend. Last year's first and successful Pride Cabaret returns Friday night at Alley Theatre, featuring popular local talents. Cost is $50, and the production kicks off at 8 p.m. Also Friday night, the black-tie Hispanic celebration Baile 2003 will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Radisson Astrodome. The event, which costs $35 at the door, raises funds to benefit gay groups. Meteor hosts Steel Pride on Friday night starting at 9 p.m. The Grey Party Inc. presents the night's party to announce Steel Weekend, the group's new fall fund-raiser. Also Friday night, gay Houstonians are invited to join Q Patrol at 9:30 p.m. for a special patrol through Montrose. The group meets at the Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose, Suite 207. Q Patrol will host a special patrol on Saturday night as well. Rich's hosts the PCOH "Official Pre- Parade Party" starting at 9 p.m. on Friday night, with "Silver" as the theme. Special guest performer will be Lady Bunny, and the show being at 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. on the main stage at Rich's. MORE INFO Pride Committee of Houston PO. Box 66071 Houston. TX 7726M071 Phone: 713-529*979 Fax: 713-529-6929 www.pridehouston.org e-mail: infoS-pridehouston.org
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