Get Ready For Idaho Falls Pride 2014!
We have even more events than last year! From an informal gathering on Thursday, September 11th, through our After Hours dance party on the Saturday the 13th, there are several events to join.
Friday, Sept 12th – Official start of Pride! The Actors’ Repertory Theater of Idaho will present The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later at the Colonial Theater. Tickets available now at the Colonial box office for $15. The Carr Gallery will be open for wine, hors d’oeuvres, and music at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm.
On November 6th, 1998, Matthew Shepard left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming, and was discovered the following day, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later, he died. On November 14th, ten members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with people in the town. After six more trips to Laramie and over 200 interviews, the play The Laramie Project was written. Ten years later five members of the company returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a bold new work, which asks the question “How does society write its own history?”
Saturday, Sept 13th – Pride Parade! Come join us as we walk the Idaho Falls Greenbelt, starting at the Unitarian Universalist Church (555 E St) and ending at Memorial Park on the Green Belt. The distance is approximately 1.5 miles. The Parade/walk will begin promptly at 11:00am, but plan to arrive early to enjoy the pre-parade color and enthusiasm! You can purchase Pride merchandise to show your Pride pride. We have it all – everything from flags, signs, and t-shirts to buttons and rainbow eyelashes! The merchandise booth opens at 10:00am, so come get fabulous before you walk! Merchandise can also be purchased prior to Pride at Healing Hands (429 B St) in downtown Idaho Falls.
The unique thing about our parade is that because we have a turn-around point, the parade marches past itself – you get to be in it, and you get to see it, too!
Saturday, Sept 13th – Pride Festival! Food, music, speakers, booths, activities for kids! Join us at the greenbelt for the Pride Festival. This year’s festival will be even better than last year.
Bring a chairs, a blanket, and a picnic lunch if you like (that’s why the start and finish of the parade are close together). Or enjoy some of our excellent food vendors – and there will be many more than last year!
The Boise Gay Men’s Chorus will give a preview of the show later in the evening, too.
Saturday, Sept 13th – Pride Concert! The Boise Gay Men’s Chorus will present their amazing show at Bliss Event Center starting at 7pm. Several of us went to see them during Boise’s Pride in June – they are as funny as they are talented. Check them out on Youtube for a taste. Come enjoy their show before the official dance party starts at 8pm.
Note that this concert is part of the Idaho Pride Tour (see below), and not planned or run by Idaho Falls Pride (though we are advertising for them and benefiting from the proceeds).
Saturday, Sept 13th – Pride After Hours! Bliss Event Center will host our dance party starting at 8pm, following the musical event. The DJ will get you dancing to great Pride favorites. Plus, we’ll have an interlude for our local drag show artists (bring plenty of dollar bills!).
Bliss offers a separate bar area accessible by wrist-band (so the younger crowd is also able to participate in After Hours!). There is also a lounge area separate from the dance floor/stage with couches and chairs, so there is a place to relax and converse.
Thursday, Sept 11th – Drinking Liberally Steps Out – Meet at the Bee‘s Knees (850 Lindsay Blvd) at 7pm for an informal Pride kickoff. This event is being sponsored by Idaho Falls Drinking Liberally to help promote IF Pride, but is not being planned or run by IF Pride. However, if you’re a supporter of Pride, you should be coming to DL!
DL is an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don’t need to be a policy expert and this isn’t a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it’s not taboo to talk politics.
Bars are democratic spaces – you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space – build democracy one drink at a time.
Kids are welcome.
Idaho Pride Tour!
This tour includes four shows in Idaho Falls! Come out and support this tour so that they can continue to grace our fine town! Best of all, some of the proceeds will go to support our local IF Pride event for next year. Get your tickets at TicketElm. Each show is $15, or get the entire package for $40 (including the BGMC show at IF Pride)!
All shows are being hosted at the Bliss Event Center. Bliss offers a separate bar area accessible by wrist-band (so the younger crowd is also able to participate in all events). There is also a lounge area separate from the dance floor/stage with couches and chairs, so there is a place to relax and converse.
Wednesday, August 27th – Caravan of Glam! Bliss will host this variety show, described as a cross between a professional drag show and a Cirque du Soliel extravaganza. Join us for this kick-off event!
Saturday, September 13th – Boise Gay Mens’ Chorus! Part of our IF Pride celebration – see listing above.
Wednesday, October 8th – Queens of Comedy! Four of Boise’s best comedians will make your sides hurt with Pride-approved humor. Don’t miss this event.
Tuesday, November 11th –
Alana Davis Don’t miss this GREAT singer – her 1997 debut album Blame It On Me was named one of Time Magazine’s top 5 albums of the year.