Entertainment, vendors and information will serve up a lively time at the August 5 Capitol Pride Celebration held this year at the Salem Saturday Market Square (the intersection of Marion St. NE and Summer St. NE.) Called Live! Love! Celebrate! the event will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event, as with nearly every Pride Festival, is an opportunity for Oregon’s LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies) community “to show their presence as an united front for the larger community in an effort to find equality, acceptance, and appreciation for all that we contribute as citizens of Earth,” says FabuLanzaa L’Eville, organizer of the entertainment for the event.
“People should attend to understand who we are, learn about resources within our community, to gain a better understanding of themselves and their fellow man, and to enjoy a great time with entertainment from all over the Pacific Northwest,” L’Eville adds.
Live! Love! Celebrate! will feature many informational booths, all primarily local nonprofit organizations that serve as resources for the community at large. They include Marion County Health, Equity Foundation, Basic Rights of Oregon, Integrity USA, Lavender Womyn Glee of Oregon, , ISCWE and KMUZ Radio. Sponsors such as Capitol Forum, Southside Speakeasy, Capitol Subaru and PQ Monthly will also be on hand.
Entertainment will be varied and fun. A dynamic DJ will be at work and the event will be emceed by three local drag queens – two from Salem (R’Deena and D’Eville herself and one from Eugene (Karress Ann Slaughter – “Johanna” will sing, as will Kate Sullivan. RADD Productions, a drag troupe, will enliven the events; “Melissa” will entertain with hula hoops. There will be the Zephyr Belly Dancers, the band Kiss Kill and the Confluence Choir.
Delicious foods will be available from Joe’s Deli, Northside Speakeasy and Tamber Treats (Indian tacos, etc.) An extensive list of items will be offered for sale: books, crafts, tie-dye, hula hoops and jewelry, buttons, and recycled art, even bathroom remodeling and many LGBT Pride items.
The atmosphere is expected to be joyous and tolerant, respectful of both diversities and the common humanity that unites us all.
The event was held formerly at Cascades Gateway Park, but this year organizers moved it into town. They say the goal was to provide more visibility for the event.
“The hope is that this location will be more accessible. We feel that it will provide ample space for parking, ample space for our vendors, and provide a nice ambiance for Capitol Pride 2012,” says L’Eville.