Californian LGBTI heaven Palm Springs is ready to host one of the latest and much-anticipated Prides of the year.
Greater Palm Springs Pride returns for its 32nd year from 1-4 November.
After a hot Pride summer in the US, Pridegoers had to wait for more reasonable temperatures in this little gem in the Coachella Valley.
Palm Springs, in fact, reaches more than 45°C in July. Definitely not the right weather to celebrate Pride if you want that rainbow makeup to stay in place.
Temperatures are cooler in fall, with Palm Springs reaching highs of 26°C and making it the perfect Pride weather. And the 140,000+ revelers expected for the three-day festival know it. For comparison, Palm Springs only has a population of 48,142, but tourists – mainly gay men – really make the difference.
The parade and festival
Kicking off at 10am on Sunday 4 November, the parade steps off in the Uptown Design District at Tachevah and Palm Canyon Dr. and then travels south through downtown. It ends at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Museum Way.
There are several fun-loving events over the previous three days, including the two-day Pride festival, taking place over the weekend.
On Saturday, there is the Official Palm Springs Pride Saturday Pool Party. 12 hours of sunbathing, diving and sipping cocktails by the pool.
Girls can head to the Dyke March Picnic, taking place from 12pm to 4pm. The Transgender Pride and March will take to the streets on Sunday, between 10am and 11:30am, before the general parade.
Moreover, those who want to tie the knot in Palm Springs during Pride can do so at various pop-up locations across town.
The acts performing at Greater Palm Springs Pride are so many you are guaranteed to find at least one artist you’re eager to see on stage.
Here are some of the artists playing this year’s Pride:
- LA-based electronic music artist and activist Madame Gandhi
- Latina drag queens trio Chico’s Angels
- DYSON, a multi-platinum artist and songwriter
- The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles
- Detroit pop singer Alise King
- Alternative pop singer Kayla Starr
- 17-year-old genius from San Diego, Elisia Savoca
Find out more on the official website.
The theme of Greater Palm Springs Pride
This year’s theme is ‘Youth Power for Change’.
Empowered youth are at the forefront of building a national movement that can shape public policy for generations, the organizers explained.
They want to give power to LGBTI teens and allies through mentorship, community engagement and by directly funding grassroots programs in support of youth development.