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'Unity' to show at Silicon Valley Pride

by Heather Cassell

Kids and their parents prepared to march in a mini Pride parade last weekend that was part of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's Proud of My Family event. Silicon Valley Pride sponsored the parade, and this weekend holds the main event in San Jose. Photo: Jo-Lynn Otto
Kids and their parents prepared to march in a mini Pride parade last weekend that was part of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's Proud of My Family event. Silicon Valley Pride sponsored the parade, and this weekend holds the main event in San Jose. Photo: Jo-Lynn Otto  

Silicon Valley Pride continues to add new events, and this year's festivities show there is more to celebrate under the theme, "Unity. Diversity. Strength."

The 43rd celebration takes center stage in San Jose August 25-26.

New this year is a Trans and Friends Rally Saturday, and the Hey Girl women's stage and area at Sunday's celebration. Last weekend, Silicon Valley Pride teamed up with Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose's Proud of My Family event and sponsored a mini Pride parade for kids and their parents.

In addition to the parade and celebration, this weekend will feature many of Pridegoers' favorites, such as the Night Festival, Family Garden, High-Tech Pavilion, Leather Land, and a cocktail lounge.

It will be a flashback to the 1990s with Amber ("This is Your Night," "If You Could Read My Mind," and "Sexual (Li Da Di)") and Ultra Nate ("Free" and "Ultramanic") headlining the festival's main stage Sunday.

They will be joined by live performances from Opera San Jose's Katharine Gunnink, Trevor Neal, and Mason Gates, along with Ensamble Folklorico Colibri, Ab Soto, and La Misa Negra.

Pride would be a drag without drag queens, so this year's main stage will feature "RuPaul's Drag Race" Cher impersonator Chad Michaels (Season Four finalist and "Queen of all Queens" winner) and Blair St. Clair (Season 10 contestant).

Bay Area neo-soul, acoustic, island and electronica singer-songwriters AstraLogik headline the Hey Girl stage.

The South Bay's transgender community will kick-off the weekend's events with a free Trans and Friends Rally Saturday afternoon starting at 4:30 in San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio.

Trans acoustic singer-songwriter Ryan Cassata will headline the event, joined by comedian Nori Reed, and music and dance by Skyler Cooper, and Jeremie Gluckman and Charles Peoples III.

"I absolutely love our lineup at the rally," Sera Fernando, one of the organizers, wrote in an email. Fernando is working with the Pride board to produce the event and took inspiration from San Francisco's Trans and Dyke marches.

"The representation of trans talent that will be brought on stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez will be spectacular," Fernando added.

"Having a trans event at Silicon Valley Pride brings awareness around gender identity," continued Fernando, a native San Jose trans woman who is pansexual. "I feel it's important to let them know that they are valued, accepted, and appreciated for living as their authentic self."

She hopes that the rally will "empower our community to achieve more."

As night falls the celebration will really get going with the third annual Night Festival from 6 to 11. The party, with a "Fantasy" theme, will feature some of the Bay Area's top DJs, including Rockaway, AX, Ayumi Winehouse, and Shugga Shay. The music will be pumping in four unique worlds: Under the Sea, Enchanted Forest, Good versus Evil (Heaven and Hell), and Space Odyssey, according to the July 5 news release from festival organizers.

On Sunday, the parade starts at 10 a.m. at Julian Street with marchers and more than 80 contingents taking over Market Street as they walk right into the festival at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, according to Silicon Valley Pride's website.

Festivalgoers will enjoy a variety of entertainment and connect with community organizations and local companies at the festival.

Thaddeus Campbell, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Pride, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Festival tickets are $5 per day. Some events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.svpride.com.

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