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It’s that time of year again! Welcome to London. Welcome to our downtown. Welcome Pride London’s 30th anniversary & welcome to LAVISH! Every year thousands of people no matter lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or straight from surrounding area join us to celebrate diversity, equality & community in our amazing city of London!
For the first time in history, Pride London is celebrating in Victoria Park! It is our 30th anniversary and this celebration is anticipated to be the biggest turn out to date! So wear your “true colours” & “express yourself” because you were “born this way”! We encourage you to check out all the amazing events Pride London 2012 has in store for you: http://pridelondon.ca/
Each year LAVISH has brought the jungle inside the club! Jungle Fever has been an amazing experience during Pride London but we’re leaving the jungle behind to celebrate…PRIDE! The club will be decorated with festive colours of Pride and the people will bring the party!
We’ve expanded our complex this year with a new beautiful rooftop patio, ELEVATE! This means a bigger capacity for an even bigger and better celebration! LAVISH Nightclub is SO proud to be apart of the diverse city of London. Thank you for all the love and support. We invite everyone to come express yourself in love, music, rhythm and dance at London’s most diverse nightclub! Check out our exciting line up:
THURSDAY, JULY 26th (DOORS OPEN 8PM – ELEVATE OPENS 10:30)
9:30pm-10:30 | The Fashion Show Presents: END OF DAYS inside LAVISH ($10 Cover from 8:00-10:00)
10:30pm | ELEVATE Rooftop Patio opens (NO COVER – $11 Pitchers All Night)
11:00pm | LAVISH Karaoke w/DJ AMY (NO COVER)
12:00pm | ELEVATE Rooftop Patio DJ Showcase: Emma Pace vs Lady Finesse (NO COVER)
FRIDAY, JULY 27th (DOORS OPEN 8PM – $5 COVER ALL NIGHT)
10:00pm-2:00 | LOLLIPOP: Top40/Retro Night w/DJ Pablo inside LAVISH
11:00pm-2:00 | Lady Finesse (tech/house) on ELEVATE
SATURDAY, JULY 28th (DAY – FREE EVENT)
2:00pm-5:00 | HEATSTROKE: Rooftop Patio Day Party w/DJ Josh Karmin (tech/house) on ELEVATE
SATURDAY, JULY 28th (NIGHT – DOORS OPEN 8PM – $5before 11PM/$10 after)
10:00pm-2:00 | SEDUCTIVE SATURDAY Pride Edition w/DJ Pablo (top40 remixes) inside LAVISH
10:00pm-2:00 | Josh Karmin (tech/house) on ELEVATE
SUNDAY, JULY 29th (DOORS OPEN 4PM – NO COVER)
12:00 | JOIN OUR DANCE PARTY IN THE PARADE – Everyone Welcome!
4:00pm- | BBQ on ELEVATE
7:00-8:00 | Red Carpet Gala
8:00- CL | DJ Rob’s Brother (tech/house)
CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM LAVISH PRIDE 2011
Is Sydney Mardi Gras Going Through Ex-Gay Therapy?
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney—perhaps the largest and most infamous celebration in the world—has renamed itself “Sydney Mardi Gras,” as part of an effort to appeal to a larger, non-queer audience.
”We fought for this day, the day we could embrace the wider community and be inclusive,” Mardi Gras chairman Peter Urmson told the Sydney Morning Herald at a launch event Thursday. ”I think that whilst we are first and foremost a GLBTQI community organisation, we also are very open to all of our friends that do not necessarily identify within that alphabet soup.”
In addition to the name change, Sydney Mardi Gras producers introduced a sleek (and sexless) new logo and announced the talent for Mardi Gras 2012 on March 3—RuPaul, the Dame Edna Experience and dance duo Sneaky Sound System. [read more]
I have mixed feelings on the controversial name change. I get the organization is trying to make Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras more inclusive to “non-queers”. We have tried for so long to be recognized and integrated with the rest of world and now that we are (or are we?) it’s time to make it a celebration for everyone. By dropping the Gay & Lesbian this may help blur the lines between sexuality. This is what I want the world to be like – EQUAL.
On the other hand, with our without the ax of “Gay & Lesbian”, heterosexuals already share this special time of year with us. Folks of other culture and sexualities have always been welcomed and they know the celebration is about LGBTQ liberation!
We’ve come so far from protesting, marching, showing pride & now we celebrate. It makes sense to Proudly tell the world it is a Gay & Lesbian Celebration – and we welcome everyone to celebrate with us (if anything add that slogan into the marketing). If you lose *Gay & Lesbian* you may lose the root of where this celebration came from and I think that’s really important. Just because gay & lesbians nowadays are more socially connected in straight culture it doesn’t mean we are any less gay/lesbian. Just because Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is now more open to straights it doesn’t make the celebration any less gay.
Either way I think it will still be a great celebration. What do you think?
Make sure to check this amazing mini film created by the SuperGuides! They covered one of London’s best Pride parades the city has had for a long time. For the full blog post visit: THE SUPER GUIDES BLOG
With an estimated crowd of more than one million people, Toronto’s annual Pride Parade was a huge success full of amazing sights, sounds and skin even with Mayor Rob Ford’s controversial absence. 6000 people marched down Younge Street making the 3hour parade the largest of its kind in Canada! TMA had front row views of the parade and voted on our favorite floats! Pictures courtesy of XTRA.ca
LAVISHTMA PARADE AWARDS! (winners labeled on top of picture in gallery)
MORE PICTURES COURTESY OF XTRA!
The Good and the Bad of Chicago Pride
By Trudy Ring
Some of the bad news came early in the day, when it was discovered that tires had been slashed on each of the 51 floats being stored at a float-building company several miles south of the parade route. The company’s owner discovered the damage about 5 a.m. Sunday; the floats were fine when he left the building at 8 the previous evening, so the damage occurred late Saturday night or very early Sunday.
“This is catastrophic,” Chuck Huser, owner of float provider Associated Attractions Enterprises, told Windy City Times Sunday morning. “This has never happened before, and we have been doing this since 1989.” He and his staff were able to repair all but three floats in time for the afternoon’s parade. There were 73 floats registered for the parade, with the remainder at other companies. [READ FULL STORY via ADVOCATE.com]