FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amy-Sarah Marshall, President
Y’ALL MEANS ALL!
CVILLE PRIDE FESTIVAL & PRIDE WEEK CELEBRATES DIVERSITY, EQUALITY, INCLUSIVENESS, AND THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
Charlottesville, VA – Friday, September 1, 2017 – Local nonprofit Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) proudly announces its 6th annual Cville Pride Festival and a week of Pride-related events and programs! The festival, with hosts Remy St. Clair, Music Director, & Dreama Belle, Entertainment Director, will take place for the first time at the Sprint Pavilion, from 11-7 on Saturday, September 16, following several events the preceding week. As always, both the festival and the events surrounding it stand for love and inclusion. In this time of divisiveness, it’s especially crucial for everyone to come together and reaffirm commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion.
A Week of Pride, Love, and Inclusion
“We’re gratified by the support we get from the community,” says Cville Pride president, Amy-Sarah Marshall. “Both businesses and community people have rallied around our message of inclusiveness and diversity by either sponsoring the festival, having a presence there, or giving festival-goers discounts and other perks. The support and engagement we’ve received from local businesses and organizations underscores the growing support of the LGBTQ community in this region.”
Pride Week Events
Saturday, September 9, 10-12pm, Belmont Park: Family Playdate
Families with young children encouraged to join us at this sweet setting.
Saturday, September 9th, 3-7pm, Washington Park: 3rd Annual LGBTQ Youth Pride Picnic. There will be free food, games, and community. Past picnics have drawn kids of all ages from throughout the Central Virginia region, including Staunton/Waynesboro, Louisa, Orange, Greene, Fluvanna, and Nelson. FREE PRIDE T-SHIRTS: First-come, first-serve.
Sunday, September 10, Jefferson Theater: Miss Gay Charlottesville Pride Pageant. Features the fabulous Dreama Belle and Bunny Nicole. Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00. ($15 in advance; $20 at the door)
Monday, September 11, 6:30-7:15pm, JMRL Central Library: Queens Who Read
Young children will be thrilled to have a special story time.
Wednesday, September 13, 5-6:30pm, MarieBette Café & Bakery: Trans Night Out
Wednesday, September 13, 7pm, Northside Library: Queer Theory Lecture
Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7pm, Vitae Spirits: Business & Professional Cocktail Hour. This spirits and food tasting will gather together business leaders interested in discovering opportunities for businesses to attract LGBTQ customers and tourists. Anyone welcome to attend.
Friday, September 15, 8:30-11, The Southern: Haus of Belle presents the Pride Preview Party
Saturday, September 16th, 11-7, Sprint Pavilion: Pride Festival
Saturday, September 16th, 10pm, Impulse Social Club: Festival After Party
PRIDE STAGE HOSTS
Cville Pride is thrilled to have two fabulous hosts for the festival. Dreama Belle, local artist of many talents and reigning Miss Harrisonburg at Large, will serve as this year’s entertainment director and host. Remy St. Clair, one of the founders of the 9 Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Festival, a hiphop artist and DJ from 103 Jamz radio, serves as musical director and will be hosting for a second time.
It will be a full day of fabulous music, drag, song and entertainment. Headliners include Symone Bishop, the current reigning Miss South Carolina Pride, Dreama Belle, Bunny Nicole, Cherry Poppins, Bert Darling, and many more. We’ll also have an expanded Hip-Hop Showcase, featuring local artists, breakdancers, and groups reflecting on the recent Aug. 12 tragedy.
To schedule interviews or coverage, please contact Amy Sarah Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434.882.1588 (cell).
Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) is a Charlottesville-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates a vibrant, visible, and inclusive LGBTQ community presence in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding region that promotes equality through events, education, outreach, and advocacy To find out more: cvillepride.org.