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Phoenix's 34th annual Pride Festival is just a few days away, so start rummaging through your closet for your favorite rainbow inspired outfit and throw some glitter in your hair.

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The LGBTQ festivities kick off at 10 a.m., with a colorful and lively parade starting on 3rd Street and Thomas. The procession will sashay and strut its way downtown to 3rd Street and Indian School, near the gates of Steele Indian School Park. If you’re planning on catching the parade, wear sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen because it’ll be a long day in the hot Arizona sun. For best results arrive early to find parking and to score an optimal sidewalk viewing spot.
The Pride Festival gates will open at noon and close (all too early) at 9 p.m. on both days. Tickets can be purchased online, which is recommended to save time and money. Visit for more details. Children under 12 are free; but be prepared for men in Speedo’s and other provocative outfits. If that’s not a concern to you, then by all means enjoy the entertainment, food, drinks, vendors and music. There is a beer and wine garden, and all drinks are $6 with a ticket and a wristband.

This year the headliner is A Great Big World, known for their sappy, yet catchy hit “Say Something”; a song done in collaboration with Christina Aguilera. Unfortunately, the diva herself will not be in attendance, but her Season 1 contestant from The Voice, Beverly McClellan, will be taking the stage on Sunday night. Beverly, openly gay, captured audiences with her rendition of Melissa Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One” and Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart”, finishing in 3rd place on the hit NBC show. Additionally, our local Sedona girl, Michelle Branch will be performing on Sunday, singing many songs including her break-up ballad, “Goodbye to You”. There will be DJs spinning everything from house to hip-hop throughout the weekend, and various tents where you can shake what your mama gave you.

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