ENID, Okla. – As with all of the Enid LGBT Coalition’s programs, Enid Pride is a family-friendly event geared to be welcoming to and attended by the general public. Each year, Enid Pride attracts hundreds of visitors from across the region.
Performers will kick off Enid’s LGBT Pride weekend in September with a “gender-bending” show at Gaslight Theatre. Presented by Gaslight Theatre together with the Enid LGBT Coalition, “Broadway Backwards” will feature gender-reversed versions of songs from such iconic Broadway shows as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hamilton,” “Sweeney Todd” and many more. The show, Gaslight’s second, will take place at 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 21st in the Turpin at Gaslight. Tickets will be $5, available online at www.gaslighttheatre.org or at the box office at (580) 234-2307. Hosted by Enid queen Amber Lynne and accompanied by pianist Nancy Johnson, of Enid, and drummer Jason Carris, of Ponca City, with choreography by Angela Lyon.
Enid Pride 2018 will be held the following day, on Saturday, September 22nd at Government Springs Park North from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. This year, Enid Pride is encouraging people to speak out and speak up for who they are with the theme ‘Roaring Pride’.
Amit Panchal with 3DSOUNDZ will be back to DJ the event. Toby Jenkins from Oklahomans for Equality will be speaking, as will District 40 Democratic Candidate Norman Grey, transgender activist Paula Sophia Schonauer, and others. Entertainment will also include a family-friendly drag show and live musical performances from some of Enid’s most talented musicians: Chloe-Beth Campbell and Riley Jantzen.
There will be tons of exciting activities going on throughout the day! At 3:00 P.M. there will be a Pet Parade with prizes donated by local businesses. The contest categories this year are: Best Dressed, Most Talented, Most Unusual, and Pet-Owner Look-Alike. Registration starts at noon and ends at 2:30 P.M. The entry fee is $5 and 50% of all proceeds will be donated to a local animal rescue.
This year will also include a scavenger hunt – a first for Enid Pride – with chances to win prizes, such as tickets to see illusionist Jay Owenhouse at the Central National Bank Center; CBD goodies from Enid CBD CO LLC; $25 gift certificates to RibCrib; massage gift certificates to Abundant Universe Therapy; 1 month free membership to HOTWORX, and more.
2018 promises to be the largest Enid Pride in its nine year history, with more vendors participating and more opportunities to win prizes than ever before. There will also be rock painting, food, games, animal adoptions, and even a photobooth!
Although the festivities at the park end at 5:00 P.M., the celebration will continue at 8:00 P.M. in the SpringHill Suites banquet room. 3DSOUNDZ will DJ and there will be drag performances by current Mr. Oklahoma of USofA MI 2017 Shire Paige, Mor’Gun Fontane, current Mr. Texas of USofA 2017 MI Tucker Downtown, Mr. OKC Pride 2018 Hunter Matrix, Misty Snatch, and host, Sara Hearts. Entry fee is $5 and must be 21 or over to enter. Additionally, SpringHill is offering a special discounted rate of $99 to anyone who books a room for September 22nd and mentions Enid Pride.
Volunteers are still needed to help with set-up and to work the event. Anyone interested in volunteering, should go to enidlgbtcoalition.org/enid-pride to register online. Follow Enid Pride and the Enid LGBT Coalition on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on Pride and other upcoming Coalition activities.
Donations may be made through PayPal on the website or by mailing a check to Enid LGBT Coalition, P.O. Box 775, Enid, OK 73702.
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I Am Enough Movement
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Perfectly Posh by Valeria Smith
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Garfield County, Oklahoma Democratic Party
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Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Call 1-800-878-5298 or visit Facebook: Enid LGBT Coalition and Enid Pride.