[OutVoice] Tallahassee, FL: "Pride in the Park is Centerpiece to Weeklong Celebration"
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Pride in the Park is centerpiece of weeklong celebration
By KATI SCHARDL
DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
June 6, 2008
Jade Esteban Estrada returns with Vol. 3 of his "ICONS" series, and he'll
stick around for the week's activities. Photo by PATRICK PATTERSON
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Unfurl the rainbow flag and let it fly for Tallahassee PrideFest 2008!
The weeklong celebration by Tallahassee's lesbian, gay and transgender
community includes parties, performances, readings, an art exhibit and the
festival's centerpiece, Pride in the Park. This year, Pride in the Park moves from
its previous location at Tom Brown Park to the heart of downtown.
"This year, rather than doing what some have called 'gay hide' . . . we're
bringing all of our events into downtown and midtown Tallahassee," said
festival organizer Steven Hall. "Instead of a one-afternoon event at a park on the
outskirts of town, we are hosting eight different events."
It wouldn't be a Tallahassee PrideFest without Jade Esteban Estrada, the
"Prince of Pride." The effervescent entertainer will perform the third and final
installment of his "ICONS: The Lesbian & Gay History of the World" series,
in which he has portrayed such notable historical and cultural figures as
Sappho, Oscar Wilde, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander the Great, Queen Christina of
Sweden and Michelangelo.
"When I created the first ICONS installment, I decided to call it 'Vol. 1'
because the history of any people is like a vast ocean," Estrada said in a
phone interview. "Doing a performance like (ICONS) is like dipping a bucket in
the ocean — you can only get so much at one time. I knew it had to be a
In the third "ICONS" revue, Estrada delivers his takes on the Old
Testament's Naomi, King James I (he of Bible revision fame), Bessie Smith, Greg
Louganis and vice-presidential daughter Mary Cheney.
Estrada will be around for the full week of Pride activities and will act as
emcee of Pride in the Park.
"Tallahassee has been so amazing to me," he said. "Coming here is like
Here's a look at the Tallahassee PrideFest 2008 schedule. Weeklong passes
are available for $35 for general admission and $85 for VIP. For complete
information, check the Web site at _www.tallahasseepride.com_
· Sunday, 8 p.m.: "A Rainbow Affair" PrideFest kick-off party at Tantra
Lounge, 1225 N. Monroe St., featuring a live band. Tickets are $5 for general
admission, $10 for VIP.
· Monday, 8 p.m.: Jade Esteban Estrada performs "ICONS: The Lesbian & Gay
History of the World, Vol. 3" at The Comedy Zone, 401 E. Tennessee St. Tickets
are $10 for general admission, $20 for VIP.
· Tuesday: "Quill, A Literary Pride Event," with a VIP Q&A session at 7
p.m., doors opening for general admission at 7:45 and a post-event book-signing,
at The Warehouse, 706 W. Gaines St. Admission is free, seating is limited.
· Wednesday: "Brushed, An Exhibition of Pride," with VIP opening at 6
p.m., general opening at 7 p.m., at The Cloisters of All Saints. Parking at The
Family Tree, 310 Blount St. Free admission.
· Thursday, 8 p.m.: Comedian Marga Gomez performs "Laugh, Baby, Laugh!" at
The Moon, 1105 E. Lafayette St. General admission is $15, VIP tickets are
· June 13, 10 p.m.: Pride Pre-Party, with the fabulous Veronica, at Club
Rayn, 1660 N. Monroe St. General admission is $15, VIP admission is $20.
· June 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Pride in the Park, with Jade Esteban
Estrada, live music, comedians, special guest Truly Tina and more. Free admission.
· June 15, 3 to 8 p.m.: "Recovery, A Tea Dance" at Boulevard Park,
adjacent to The Family Tree, 310 Blount St. Free admission.
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