The 25th anniversary of OKC Pride is going to see a few changes, said Josh Sauer, OKC Pride vice president.
“We had a lot of different patrons and volunteers develop symptoms of heat exposure,” Sauer said.
“We sent several folks to the hospital,” he said.
“And that was a trend that didn’t look like it was going away any time soon, and so we decided to move the dates one month early, to May.”
Specifically May 18 through 27, Sauer said, and with the additional change of a Pride week, instead of the usual weekend.
Another change is the venue of the festival, which has been changed from the park down by 39th and Penn to the new Film Row downtown at Sheridan and Lee.
“We felt that Film Row would be a great venue to hold the festival in.
“It’s fresh, exciting, lots of open space for vendors and families. This is our 25th year and we want to try and showcase the local community,” Sauer said.
To that end, he said, Pride is partnering with a number of local outreach and event groups in the Oklahoma gay community.
According to a press release provided by Sauer, “OKC Pride has partnerships with the Oklahoma Gay Rodeo Association; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Norman; Cimarron Alliance; and Church of the Open Arms.”
At first, the rodeo planners voiced complaints that Pride was falling too close to the OGRA’s annual rodeo.
“But what they overlook is that we’re not competing with the OGRA,” Sauer said.
“We’re working with them. The festival and parade lead off Pride Week, and the rodeo ends it on a high note.”
Sauer said that among the events lined up that excite him is the outdoor screening of “The Sons of Tennessee Williams,” a film about “the all-gay Mardi Gras krewes of New Orleans” which will be presented by the film’s producer and director, Tim Wolff.
But one of the great things about Pride this year is the anniversary, Sauer said.
“We’ve been here doing this for a quarter of a century now.” he said.
For more information, go to http://okcpride.org .
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