Mixed Me­dia

Santa Fe Pride

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Ear­lier this sum­mer, many Santa Feans were be­wil­dered to find out that the city’s Pride fes­tiv­i­ties, co­or­di­nated by the Hu­man Rights Al­liance, were mov­ing to Septem­ber. Though most cities hold Pride fes­tiv­i­ties in June to co­in­cide with the an­niver­sary of the Stonewall Ri­ots — which oc­curred at the end of June 1969 in New York City’s Green­wich Vil­lage and mark what is known as the be­gin­ning of the gay rights move­ment — Santa Fe has to con­tend with limited pub­lic spa­ces in which to hold gi­ant par­ties dur­ing one of the most tourist- and fes­ti­val-heavy times of the year.

Now, with the sea­son’s hottest days be­hind us, mem­bers of the LGBTQI com­mu­nity and their friends and al­lies can flock to the Quad at Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign (1600 St. Michael’s Drive) — where park­ing is free — from noon to 6 p.m. on Satur­day, Sept. 16, for a fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of ven­dors and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as lo­cal and na­tional celebrity en­ter­tain­ers.

This year’s lineup fea­tures La­trice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lil­lie McCloud of The X-Fac­tor, CoCo Caliente, Bella Gi­gante, Ry­der Al­night, Zir­cus Ero­tique, Jewel Box Cabaret, New Mex­ico Gay Men’s Cho­rus, masters of cer­e­monies Quinn Fon­taine and Mary­beth Lind­sey, and many other acts. The Pride Pa­rade is 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 15, with peo­ple gath­er­ing at Fort Marcy Park be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. The pa­rade is fol­lowed by a DJ dance on the Plaza un­til 10 p.m. and then an af­ter-party at Sky­light (139 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Sky­light also hosts an af­ter-party on Satur­day night fol­low­ing the Pride Fes­ti­val at SFUAD, at which at­ten­dees with VIP tick­ets can meet the week­end’s en­ter­tain­ers. The fi­nal event for Santa Fe Pride 2017 is a fundrais­ing brunch at Mu­seum Hill Café (710 Camino Lejo), 10 a.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 17, for the Santa Fe Hu­man Rights Al­liance/Santa Fe Pride LGBTQ+ Schol­ar­ship Fund at Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Reser­va­tions are re­quired to at­tend the brunch; call 505-984-8900. For a com­plete sched­ule of events and VIP tick­ets to the Sky­light af­ter-party, visit www.santafepride.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

New Mex­ico Gay Men’s Cho­rus

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