WANT TO GO?
Gay pride parade and festival
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Haddad Riverfront Park
INFO: www.wvpride.org (includes full activity schedule)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rainbow Pride West Virginia's annual Pride Week is here. Since last Friday, Charleston's gay community and their friends have been celebrating with a slate of events including pageants, a 5K-road race, a family picnic and a special edition of drag queen bingo at The Broadway.
This weekend, Pride Week continues with more events, among them a Friday night concert at the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston, a Saturday morning volleyball tournament on Magic Island and a Saturday night dance gala at Atmosphere Ultralounge. There are also Sunday's concluding events at Haddad Riverfront Park, including the Big Gay Dog Show at noon, the Pride Parade at 1:30 p.m. (which runs up Kanawha Boulevard to Capitol Street) and the Pride Festival, which goes until 6 p.m.
But first, there's the Second Annual Charity Drag Race tonight on Capitol Street, adjacent to Davis Park.
Ted Brightwell, public affairs coordinator for Rainbow Pride WV, said it is something not to be missed.
"It's a really great event, and the money for that goes to Manna Meal."
He explained this might not be the drag race some people are used to. The competition is made up of teams of four who run a relay. During each leg of the race, participants have to put on a wig and dress, grab a purse, slip on a pair of high heels and then run from one end of the street to the other, where their teammates are waiting.