Celebrating Love & Hope
This year's Main Stage at the SF Pride Celebration on Saturday takes on more of a concert feel this year with extended performances from some of the nation's best jazz and blues entertainers.
SF Pride President, Joey Cain, said:
"Saturday's stage lineup is a wonderful contrast to Sunday's rock and dance focus, giving us a chance to reflect and celebrate the love and hope in our community."
Headlining Saturday's entertainment is jazz vocalist Paula West. Paula will be performing an hour-long set with full band in a concert type setting. Adding her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses for the moment, Paula's vocal style has earned critical acclaim on both coasts. Joining her in the lineup is Spencer Day and Jacqui Naylor. All three have headlined at San Francisco's world-famous Plush Room in recent months and extend Pride to new audiences.
Saturday's Celebration begins with the sixth annual Stand Against Hate. Organized by Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and the politically charged San Francisco Mime Troupe. The hour-long program will feature local darlings Connie Champagne, Shawna Virago and others in a moving appeal to end violence and hatred of all descriptions.
Then, it's the 4th Annual Domestic Partner Ceremony, presented by Board of Equalization Chairwoman, Carole Migden, and this year's organization grand marshal of the Parade, Marriage Equality California. The ceremony will feature approximately 100 couples who will formally commit to one-another on the Main Stage. A reception with cake and champagne follows. Couples wishing to participate should contact Kirsten Boyd at (415) 288-8865 by June 15.
Along with the entertainment will be a variety of speakers from the community. For a complete stage lineup, visit: www.sfpride.org/stages/main/saturday.htm
Commenting, Pride Executive Director Teddy Witherington said:
"The Saturday Celebration is increasingly popular with those who prefer a more relaxed Pride. The smooth Jazz, the politics and the spectacle of the couples is a wonderful cocktail of community."
In addition to the Main Stage, Saturday's Celebration features the Main Dance Arena with an accent on youth and hip-hop and, the Faerie Freedom Village.
This year is the 33rd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. The event theme is "You've Gotta Give Them Hope." The quote comes from Harvey Milk, the City's first openly gay elected official who was gunned down in City Hall 25 years ago, and is the answer he gave when frequently asked why he was an activist. The event is to be held over the June 28/29 weekend. For more information about the history of San Francisco Pride, please visit our website at: www.sfpride.org/heritage