Kitsap Readies for 2012 Celebration

The Kitsap Pride Network is gearing up for this year’s pride event.  This year’s international theme is “Pride links us together.”  This year our event returns to Evergreen Park in Bremerton on SUNDAY, July 22nd and will be kicking off at noon.

We’ll be posting information on how you can be involved in Kitsap Pride 2012 including vendor registration forms in the coming days.

Volunteer with Pride

We’re looking for a few good people to help with the 2011 Pride event on Saturday, July 16th at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.  It is a fun and rewarding way to get engaged in our local community.  We need people to plan in advance, set up the day of the event, coordinate relationships with our sponsors and our vendors, manage the talent on the stage, organize our wonderful volunteers, and of course break down at the end of the day.  There is also behind the scenes work (administrative and such) and more.

If you are interested in being a part of the 2011 team click here to submit your name.

We look forward to hearing from you and an awesome event this year.

 

Planning Underway for 2011 Pride

The date is set for Saturday, July 16th 2011 and Evergreen Park has been reserved.  Our vendor application is online and we are looking for sponsors and donors to help make our event a success.  We hope to announce a kick off meeting very soon to bring in volunteers for this year’s event.  Stay tuned.  Contact us if you would like to be notified of the meeting.

Kitsap Pride brings families

We received a wonderful article in the Bremerton Patriot Check it out.

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/kitsap/pat/community/99148834.html

Kitsap Pride brings families to Evergreen Park

By LYNSI BURTON

Bremerton Patriot Staff Writer
Jul 23 2010

For Thomas Oliver and Jeffrey Chandler, taking their 8-year-old son Zyreal to the Kitsap Pride Festival on Saturday was just another family outing in the park.

“We’re just like an old married couple,” Oliver said of he and his partner, describing weekly church outings and dinners with grandma. “This is probably the most gay thing we do every year.”

 

That sentiment was shared by other attendees of the Pride Festival at Evergreen Rotary Park, who said the celebration was Kitsap’s only recognition of gays and allies, heterosexuals who support equal rights for gays.

Elaine Priest, who came with friends and children, said the low-key and fun environment is why the Kitsap festival appeals to her.

“You see other people with their families,” she said. “That’s what I like.”

The event marked its sixth year at Evergreen Park — in the early years starting about 13 years ago, the festival was much smaller and took place in Seabeck and Port Orchard. Now the festival includes more than 40 vendors, play space and face painting for children, live music and a drag show and attracts up to 500 people, said Marcie Mathis, an organizer of the event.

Melissa Evans, who came with her daughter Amanda, said gay culture has become more open in Kitsap. About 10 to 15 years ago, people were not as comfortable expressing their identity, she said.

“It’s just not as taboo as it used to be,” Evans said. “I just feel a lot more open than I used to be.”

Nonetheless, the gay culture in Kitsap is not vocal and visible as what might be seen in Seattle, Amanda Evans said.

“We’re pretty open. It’s not to the point where you have to be out and loud,” she said.

Amy Parkhurst, who came with her family, said this was the first year she’d heard of the Kitsap Pride Festival and she wanted to show her support.

Playing with her young neice, Ava Wilson, near the children’s play area, Parkhurst said she also appreciates the family-friendly environment of Kitsap Pride.

“It’s great, we love it,” she said. “We think there should be a lot more.”

2010 Kitsap Pride Pictures

Well everyone we did it, this year was another success. We grew our vendorship and our sponsorships. We can’t wait to start on next years event.

The pictures have arrived and are hosted on our Vendor/Sponsorship Coordinators facebook page (please tag yourself or friends and comment all over.)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=200673&l=0143072c17&id=41092787721

Thank you to all our Volunteers that helped make this event a success (we couldn’t have done it with out you.)

Kitsap Pride is Saturday

Noon – Music from DJ

12:50 – Welcome

Unfortunately Inga Nova had to cancel. Hopefully she’ll be back next year.

1:00– The Jbaum Band – The Jbomb Band plays all original music by Joey Walbaum and is formed with top notch musicians based out of the Seattle and Tacoma area specializing in funk, jazz and pop with hints of Latin and world music. You might describe it as vintage-pop with Influences including Jamiroquai, Sade, Prince, Michael Jackson, Jamie Cullum and Elton John.

1: 50 – Announcements/Speaker

2:00 – Drag Show Pt 1 – Bremerton’s Miss Tory Marchella & Friends

2:20 – Kevin and Shawn dueling pianos. They work at Seattle’s 88 Keys singing and playing your favorite tunes and comedians part time. Kevin been playing since he was 16 and Shawn since birth. Let them know what you want to hear and they’ll play it.

3:10 – Drag Show Pt 2 – Bremerton’s Miss Tory Marchella & Friends

3:40 – Announcements, Drawings etc

4:00 – Boy Blue and The Moon – a brand new band consisting of very talented and diversified veteran musicians including Ricky Schultz who rocked our stage last year!

5:00 – Closing – Thank You!

9:00 – Red Star presents the Pride Party with DJ Dana Dub at the Bremerton Eagles located on 6th at Washington just a few blocks from Evergreen Park. They are expecting close to 400 people this year.

We owe a big thank you to our partnership with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the Admiral Theatre for a successful concert this past April, which raised much-needed funding for this event.
Also, thanks to Gordon Sound for sound and stage services over these years at Evergreen

 

Schedule ’10

Kitsap Pride is excited to bring to the 2010 stage some great local talent.  We’ve got a great new layout to encourage folks to dance and soak up sounds and sun.  Plan to bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the day.  Thanks to Red Star for sponsoring the stage.

The stage viewing area is expanded this year with plenty of room to bring your blankets, chairs and shade umbrellas. You’ll want to plan to spend the day because we have a great line up this year on the Red Star Stage sponsorship of $2,000. Check out the schedule below.

Noon – Music from DJ

12:50 – Welcome

Unfortunately Inga Nova had to cancel. Hopefully she’ll be back next year.

1:00– The Jbaum Band – The Jbomb Band plays all original music by Joey Walbaum and is formed with top notch musicians based out of the Seattle and Tacoma area specializing in funk, jazz and pop with hints of Latin and world music. You might describe it as vintage-pop with Influences including Jamiroquai, Sade, Prince, Michael Jackson, Jamie Cullum and Elton John.

1: 50 – Announcements/Speaker

2:00 – Drag Show Pt 1 – Bremerton’s Miss Tory Marchella & Friends

2:20 – Kevin and Shawn dueling pianos. They work at Seattle’s 88 Keys singing and playing your favorite tunes and comedians part time. Kevin been playing since he was 16 and Shawn since birth. Let them know what you want to hear and they’ll play it.

3:10 – Drag Show Pt 2 – Bremerton’s Miss Tory Marchella & Friends

3:40 – Announcements, Drawings etc

4:00 – Boy Blue and The Moon – a brand new band consisting of very talented and diversified veteran musicians including Ricky Schultz who rocked our stage last year!

5:00 – Closing – Thank You!

9:00 – Red Star presents the Pride Party with DJ Dana Dub at the Bremerton Eagles located on 6th at Washington just a few blocks from Evergreen Park. They are expecting close to 400 people this year.

Also, thanks to Gordon Sound for sound and stage services over these years at Evergreen

Schedule ’12

Kitsap Pride is excited to showcase to the 2012 stage some great local talent.  We’ve got a great new layout to encourage folks to dance and soak up sounds and sun.  Plan to bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the day.  Thanks to AT&T for sponsoring the stage.

The stage viewing area is expanded this year with plenty of room to bring your blankets, chairs and shade umbrellas. You’ll want to plan to spend the day because we have a great line up this year on the AT&T Stage sponsorship of $1,000. Check out the schedule below.

We have the Swedish Fish Mafia (DJ’s Adrian Rowe, Gary the Human and Throboy) in the Electronic Soup Bowl spinning a line up of Disco to House and everything in between over in the Amphitheater.

2012 Schedule

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Noon DJ Music by Throboy 

12:30 Opening remarks

12:35 Color Guard

12:40 Marching Rainbow City Band 

13:10 Welcome City Council + Pride Team 2012

13:20 Performance Katrina and Friends

14:00 Remarks County Commissioners

14:10 Performance Shawn Ellison

15:00 Remarks Derek Kilmer & Ref 74

15:10 Performance Danielle

15:40 Performance Katrina and Friends

16:15 Drawings/remarks Pride

16:30 Performance Mel Dalton

17:00 Closing Remarks Pride Team 2012/2013

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