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Boston Pride

NEWSLETTER - Vol. 3 No. 5 - May 2008

Hi all!

Boston Pride is right around the corner—and now’s the perfect time to start making your Pride plans! From Top Chef contestants to American Idol finalist and Boston Pride Festival Performer Kimberley Locke, Boston Pride 2008 is going to sizzle! Take a look at some of the juicy details below and click on www.bostonpride.org for all the latest announcements.

See you at Pride!

The Boston Pride Committee

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1. Bravo Top Chefs Sizzle at Boston Pride

Boston Pride is partnering with Macy’s and Bravo TV to spice up the 2008 Boston Pride calendar with contemporary culinary expertise. Bravo Top Chef competitors and out lesbian couple Zoi and Jen will slice, dice and sauté during a cooking demonstration on Tuesday, June 10, 2p.m., at Macy’s Downtown Crossing, 450 Washington St., Boston. Learn about their approach to contemporary cuisine and hear first-hand what it’s like to be on this top-rated TV show. Cooking is just part of the fun all day June 10 as Boston Pride hosts Out in Downtown, a rain or shine event held in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.
2. Wear Your Pride!

Last year's jewelry was so successful that we've expanded the Boston Pride merchandise line to include bracelets as well. And to help sustain our communities, as this year’s Pride theme encourages, this jewelry is all hand beaded locally by people with developmental disabilities at the Cambridge-based non-profit CMARC. For more than 30 years, CMARC has been a supportive group ensuring that all members of the community can direct their own lives and destinies. Learn more at www.cmarc.org.
3. This year at Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall

Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall is set for Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and this year is going to be a blast! Performers include the Dejas, a New Hampshire-based Acoustic/Folk/Ambient duo, and Coretta Sellars, who was recently featured as a Home Grown Featured Artist on Boston's WXRV The River 92.5, and who finished recording her fourth album, "Keeping the Space" in 2008.
4. The Parade Goes On!

Here’s a friendly heads up... The City of Boston has changed a few of the rules regarding floats in the parade.. Be sure to check them out on the Boston Pride website. If you haven't paid your parade fees in full by June 1st you will not be eligible to march this year so please get your payments in. Parade Group Marshal Orientations have begun! Meetings are at the Hyatt Regency (One Avenue De Lafayette in Boston) and start at 6 pm. Attendance is mandatory for all registered group marshals. Check out www.bostonpride.org for meeting dates.
5. Festival Deadline Approaching

Vendors wanting to be a part of this year’s Boston Pride Festival should go online to www.bostonpride.org/festival soon! Vendor applications are due by June 6.
6. Boston Pride Idol is Back

This year Boston Pride Idol will be making its return to Club Café at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, and we are looking for participants. If you are interested in showing off your singing talents, please send an email to idol@bostonpride.org or call 617.262.9405. Prizes include a Boston Pride and Club Café gift bag filled with great items and the chance to sing at the Boston Pride Festival taking place on City Hall Plaza! The entrance fee is $10. Interested in auditioning for Pride Idol? Send an email to idol@bostonpride.org for an application and official rules.
7. Meet the Stars

Join us at the 2008 Boston Pride Beer Garden for a cold beer and a chance to get autographs from Festival headliners Kat DeLuna and Kimberley Locke during the Boston Pride Festival Saturday, June 14. Both will be signing autographs from 3-6 p.m. on Boston City Hall Plaza. $5 entry to be donated to Boston Pride. Must be 21 or older to enter.

8. Boston Pride at Night

After an amazingly successful Saturday Night event last year at Pride, Promoter Chris Harris has upped the ante this year and is the official presenter of Boston Pride at Night!
Four fun filled nights packed with international superstar DJ's and performers headline as follows:
• Thursday June 12, Glamlife at the Estate, with DJ Richie Ladue and a special performance by NYC's Amanda Lapore,
• Friday June 13th, Star 69 DJ Producer Hector Fonseca spins the Blackout Party at Club Machine.
• Saturday June 14th, Boston Pride at Night Main Event, Junior Vasquez at Epic Saturday, the Largest weekly gay dance event on the east coast.
• Sunday June 15th, the Pride Finale with DJ's Chris Cox and Dena Cucci, held at the Roxy Boston.
For more information and ticket info go to www.bostonpride.org or www.chrisharrispresents.com.
9. Tripping Down the Pink Carpet

Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan joins us in celebrating Pride in Boston. Don't miss Leslie performing "My Trip Down The Pink Carpet" on Friday, June 13th at 8pm at the John Hancock Hall. For tickets, check out www.backbayeventscenter.com.
10. Volunteers!

OK, team, Pride is very soon and we need to kick it into high gear! This Pride season has come upon us fast and fabulously. I hope you dug out your rainbow gear, because this year’s Pride is going to be the best, and this year’s volunteers are going to be the brightest! Without volunteers, Pride would not happen. We want our community and the world to know that we are PROUD of who we are!!!! I want to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your help, spirit, and effort!
Email volunteer@bostonpride.org if you want to help out!
~Peace & Pride from Sarah Viera, your Volunteer Chair.
11. Build It and They Will Come!

Come feel the heat on the street at the 4th annual JP Block Party! Join us on Sunday, June 15th at the corner of Perkins and Centre Streets for a "PARTY ON THE PAVEMENT" featuring dancers, cool drink specials, giveaways, body art and $1 chair massages. Plus, for the first time ever, there will be a smoke and alcohol-free zone for our friends who want to chill with a sizzling summer refreshment sans alcohol. DJ Kristin Korpos will be lifted high above the street to play your favorite trance, old school, industrial and techno music. Vendors and community groups include dykesinthecity, the MSPCA and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Volunteers from the East Coast Biker Chicks, Moving Violations, and the Dyke March will be on hand to help out and if you want to jump on board too, contact Cookie at jp-blockparty@bostonpride.org or Sarah at volunteer@bostonpride.org.
12. Pride Meetings

The Boston Pride Committee meets every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Wainwright Bank Community Room, 155 Dartmouth Street in Boston (next to Back Bay T Station). Meetings are open to anyone and we welcome your participation.
13. About Boston Pride

The Boston Pride Committee is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Meet the Board of Directors and the Chairs of the Committee:

Keri Aulita - Vice President, Board of Directors

David Avruch - Community Outreach Chair

Cookie Belcamino - JP Block Party Chair

Sylvain Bruni - Board of Directors

Malcolm Carey - Parade Chair

Kirk Dobson - Fundraising Chair

Linda DeMarco - President, Board of Directors

Pierce Durkin - Clerk, Board of Directors

Michael Anthony Fowler - Logistics Chair

Kristie Helms - Board of Directors

Wilfred Labiosa - Board of Directors

Shannon Lank - Entertainment Chair

Jayme Martin - Festival Chair

Cale Moore - Merchandise Chair

Sarah Viera - Volunteer Chair

Michael Young - Flag Raising / Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall Chair

"The Boston Pride Committee, serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied community, works to enhance the visibility of Boston's LGBT community through a week of events each June, in conjunction with year-round activities, to promote LGBT awareness, dignity, and understanding."

Web: www.BostonPride.org
Email: info@bostonpride.org
PrideLine: 617-262-9405

Photo Credits: Michael Anthony Fowler, Marilyn Humphries - Design: Sylvain Bruni

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