Out and About and Proud: Brooklyn Pride in Park Slope This Saturday

Out and About and Proud: Brooklyn Pride in Park Slope This Saturday

Saturday is Brooklyn Pride, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the weekend to celebrate — there are events throughout the borough all week, including tomorrow’s tribute to legendary crusader/drag performer/Stonewall-era lesbian bar-bouncer Storme DeLarverie at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West.

The main event(s) kicks off Saturday at 9am with a Pride 5K Run and culminates in a twilight parade down 5th Ave. Here’s the official schedule — plan your pride (and your weekend transportation) accordingly:

PRIDE DAY 2012
Prospect Park at Bartel-Pritchard Circle & 9th–15th Streets along Prospect Park West
(F train to 15th Street/Prospect Park)
9:00 am, Pride 5K Run – (registration begins at 8:00am )
Co-Sponsored with Front Runners, this event for the LGBT community & friends in a festive and inclusive environment.This year, 50% of the proceeds will to to the LGBT Youth Programs at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. (Details)
Noon – 6:00 pm, Multicultural Festival / Stage Entertainment
It’s more than your usual street fair! Featuring stage performance, family zone, shopping and great food. Most importantly, it provides opportunities to learn about community organizations, issues and business.
Noon – 4:00 pm, Kids Space
Kids come join the fun at Brooklyn Pride with your own Space! We will have special events just for you! (Details)
7:30 pm Kick Off, Night Pride Parade
5th Avenue – From 14th Street to Sterling Place, emceed by Will Clark and Ron B as Tina Turner.  Join the fun with the first night time parade in the northeast, a celebration of our Pride and Heritage. (Details)
9:00 pm, After Parade Open Mic Youth Event at GMAD
Sponsored and hosted by GMAD; 44 Court Street 10th Floor
Where youth of all genders and sexual identities can express themselves freely and creatively. (Details)

Meanwhile, an extensive roster of Park Slope bars and restaurants are offering discounts and specials as part of Pride Happy Hour (or at least, we’re guessing it’s an extensive roster. It was last year. This year’s offerings — and timeframe — are still TBD).

And then it’s onto the afterparties! In Park Slope:

Brooklyn Pride After Party to Benefit SRLP at Transy House (214 16th St between 5th and 6th Aves)
Performances including feminist hip-hop collective 3XLADYCREW, Violet Temper, Mik Kinkead, & Glenn Marla!! Music by DJ Libr8! Food! Drinks! Films from Transy House’s history! $10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

UPDATED: More Afterparties (in Gowanus, technically, but who’s counting?) The Bell House hosts Laid BK Pride Queer Dance Party (149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves), while Brooklyn Based says Lowlands (543 3rd Ave at 14th St) is offering lower-key après-parade festivities.

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