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Palm Springs Pride celebration this weekend to be headlined by Martha Davis & The Motels

PALM SPRINGS -- “Pride season” just never seems to end.

One of the last LGBT pride celebrations on the circuit is Palm Springs LGBT Pride taking place this weekend, Nov. 6-7.

Nearly 15,000 people are expected to gather in the desert resort city for a weekend complete with all of the fixtures one would hope to find at a major pride event.

The two-day festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Palm Springs Baseball Stadium, with the annual Pride Parade taking place Sunday at 10 a.m. along South Palm Canyon Drive.

The theme for Palm Springs’ 24th pride event is “Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand Proud!” and will be celebrated throughout the weekend as the Palm Springs Pride carries out its mission of promoting the public education and public awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBT community while promoting the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Greater Palm Springs LGBT community.

Hundreds of San Diegans are also expected to join in the celebration this weekend, as Palm Springs is known as “home away from home” for many city dwellers.

With its crystal blue skies, year-round sunshine, stunning landscape, palm tree lined streets and starry nights, Palm Springs will come alive this weekend and organizers hope everyone will join in the fun.

New additions to Palm Springs Pride

Ron de Harte, former executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride, joined the Palm Springs Pride board of directors in July and is excited for the weekend celebration.

“This will be a big year for Palm Springs Pride,” de Harte said, referring to the many civil rights battles the LGBT community is facing, including the overturn of Proposition 8.

“Our pride events will give the community an opportunity to stand up, be counted, be seen, be heard and celebrate. We have a long road ahead to achieve equality.”

Also, Palm Springs recently established several new partnerships, including Anthem Blue Cross, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, San Diego PIX, Frontiers Magazine and FrontiersWeb.com, Gay San Diego, Grindr, Live Magazine and Lavender Lens.

Set of Pride T-Dances added to weekend lineup

Palm Springs Pride recently added a set of T-dances to the weekend lineup, presented by Tom Whitman and Reaction Productions.

Expected to be “the biggest events that Pride Springs Pride ever had,” the T-dance parties will be called “Inferno” and “Anthem.”

On Saturday, Australian DJ Paul Goodyear will spin at the Inferno T-Dance from 2 to 8 p.m.

Producers are calling this event "Disco and Beyond," as Goodyear will play disco music “in all of its permutations from Gaga and Madonna to Donna Summer.”

On Sunday, superstar DJ Manny Lehman will take over for Anthem T-dance, along with San Diego-based DJ Michael Paul.

This event is being billed as “a classic T-dance,”,as is feature all of the “big gay dance anthems,” big room divas, and songs that people can sing along to.

Event producers say “it will be what a T-dance is supposed to be ... no pots and pans, just fun, vocal happy music in the Palm Springs sunshine.”

The T-dances will take place at a venue connected to the stadium in which the festival is held for revelers will be able to easily access both the festival and parties. Tickets are $35 for the Saturday party, $45 for the Sunday party, or $70 for both days.

A pride festival admission pass is included with any T-dance ticket purchase.

The festival

This year’s Palm Springs Pride Festival is expected to be bigger than ever, with an exciting entertainment lineup.

The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will include a full lineup of entertainment, vendor booths, food and drink, dancing, health information, and other areas for people to relax and celebrate.

New this year will be the Pride Farmer’s Market sponsored by Vons, which will include a selection of fresh foods will be a healthy alternative to the “fair-type” food that is typically sold at pride festivals.

This year’s entertainment lineup is stellar, with headliners Crystal Waters, Robin S, and Martha Davis & The Motels.

Dozens of other performers, including local singers, drag entertainers, comedians and others will take the stages throughout the weekend.

Festival admission tickets are $10 per day and can be purchased at the festival gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The parade

Called “the most scenic pride parade in the world,” the Palm Springs Pride Parade will step off at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The parade route travels north along Palm Canyon Drive starting at East Ramon Road.

Thousands of revelers are expected to line the rainbow-lined streets to watch the sea of floats, dancing groups, and other contingents pass by.

PNN Radio’s Allen Edwards, along with Shann Carr and Pepper MaShay will broadcast the parade live on Palm Springs 88.1 FM or live on www.pridenation.com.

Organizers say that there is ample parking in the downtown area, however extra time should be planned as it becomes scares near the parade start time.

If you go

Palm Springs is about two hours from San Diego by car.

For those that plan to stay more than just one day, there are numerous hotels and resorts in the area. Palm Springs Pride hotel partners include the Hilton Palm Springs, Hyatt Regency Suites Palm Springs, Holiday Inn Resort, Riviera and Cambridge Inn.

The weather is expected to be summer-like, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s.

Additional information about Palm Springs Pride is available online at www.pspride.org.