For those of you that don't know, the Verde Vally Pride Festival used to be called the Sedona Pride Festival. The folks up there decided to encompass the whole valley for a bigger, better experience. This year the Festival will be September 27th through the 28th in Old Town Cottonwood.
It kicks off Friday evening with the Neon Insomnia Bar Crawl - wear your favorite neon colors and play follow the leader to food and drink specials plus entertainment as you make the crawl through Old Town Cottonwood. The Crawl ends at Rendezvous In Old Town (RIOT) and the party jumps to the Main Stage. It is located in Cottonwood so you will need your designated driver or take a taxi. Pandora deStrange opens at 9:00pm and is followed by Voodabang at 11:30.
The fun begins at noon on Saturday with a $5 entry fee. Clayton McKee will be the event host. Entertainment begins right after the opening ceremonies with Mountain Stranded Time, The Pubes, Llory McDonald and drag royalty DiVa, Mya McKenzie and Luna St. James. Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special will wrap things up with a rock and blues show. This is a family event and there will be a kids zone as well.
But the fun doesn't end there. Hop over to 15.Quince on Main Street for the after pride party. It is from 8:00pm to midnight and has a $5 cover. The men from the Homorodeo calendar will be there signing calendars so hurry and get yours!
Before you head back to the Valley of the Sun, stop by RIOT (Rendezvous In Old Town) at 11:00am for The Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's version of bingo. Do it! It will be fun and support a great cause!
While not part of the actual pride festivities, impersonator Jimmy James is doing several shows on Thursday the 26th through Sunday the 29th at the Marty D. Fisher Theater in Sedona - just a few miles up the road from Cottonwood.
For more information, including hotels with discounts, the pride website is: http://www.sedonagaypride.org/
Click on a performer for more information: Pandora deStrange; Voodabang; Clayton McKee; Mountain Stranded Time; The Pubes; Llory McDonald; Sara Robinson; Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Jimmy James