Pride in the Desert is an all-day festival at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona that will be celebrating its 31st year of pride on Saturday, October 18th, 2008. The event attracts more than 6000 participants each year and features live local, regional, national, and international entertainers on their main stage. In addition, they have multiple entertainment venues, commercial and nonprofit exhibitors, a food court, youth and children’s areas, and a parade that begins at 10am in the park.
Main Stage entertainers include God-des and She, American Idol’s Kimberly Caldwell, 8 Inch Betsy, Amber Norgaard, Courtney Robbins, Julie Schurr, and Drag Kings Anson Reign and Robin Harts.
Pride in the Desert is organized by Tucson Pride, Inc. (TPI). TPI is an Arizona 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that produces and promotes cultural, educational, and recreational events for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson Pride currently produces and/or promotes Pride Week, Pride in the Desert, and Pride on Parade each year.
TPI explains its mission on their website at http://www.tucsonpride.org. It states: “Our Purpose is to produce and promote Pride events for Tucson, Arizona, throughout the year. Our Intent is to create forums through which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Heterosexual people can express their Creativity, Visibility, Unity, and Diversity with Dignity. Our Aim is to nurture Cultural and Artistic expression throughout the Community. Our Goal is to Educate, Commemorate, and Celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, Uniqueness, and Diversity in all the facets of our Community. All in the Pursuit of Equality.”
In addition to these activities and events, Tucson Pride is also involved and lends their support to other events and organizations. Some of these include Consolidated Associations of Pride. Inc. (C.A.P.I.), InterPRIDE, Arizona Central Pride (Phoenix Pride), Northern Arizona Pride (Flagstaff), and others.
For more information on Pride in the Desert visit http://www.tucsonpride.org or http://www.myspace.com/tucsonpride.
Featured photo by Charlie Nguyen.