Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration organizers announced the 27th annual festival's event lineup today.
The Pride Celebration, scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 3, includes block parties, same-sex weddings at the ``Forever Marilyn'' statue, a two-day festival and a downtown parade. The theme is ``It's Time.'' The main block of events will be preceded by the Pride Honors Awards on Oct. 4.
The lineup includes:
-- Pride Honors Awards: Oct. 4 at the Palm Springs Hyatt. Honorees are writer and activist Tom Bianchi, author Katherine V. Forrest, Palm Springs City Councilwoman Ginny Foat, Lambda Legal, comedian Shann Carr, designer Christopher Kennedy, volunteers Michael Green, Stephen Boyd, Lucy Debardelaben and Gail Christian, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays co-presidents Carol and Mike Balasa, and filmmakers Katy and Sam Wilkerson. Tickets are $25 and $50, or $350 for a champagne table for four.
-- LGBT Center concert: Oct. 30 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. A benefit concert for the LGBT Center of the Desert will be headlined by Broadway performer and ``The Voice'' contestant Frenchie Davis. Tickets are $100 or $85 for center members.
-- Palm Springs Pride Golf Classic: Nov. 1 at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in Palm Springs. Four-player scramble, cost includes green fees, cart fees, breakfast and lunch buffet, prizes and a free instructional clinic. Entry is $99 per player, with $10 going to the Pride Fund.
-- Broadway in Drag Pageant: Nov. 1 at Palm Canyon Theater in Palm Springs. Contestants will be judged on evening gown, talent and swimsuit. Admission is $35, $50 for VIP.
-- Stonewall Equality Concert: Nov. 1 at 125 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. The free concert will celebrate the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in California, the repeal of DOMA and the progress toward equality for gays and lesbians since the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. Genres span Broadway, indie and jazz. Performers Irene Soderberg, the Gay Men's Chorus of Palm Springs, DJ Corey D, Doug Strahm and Arro Verse.
-- Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays: Nov. 1 and 2 at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The cast features local personalities and the show is directed by local producer Keith Coleman. Tickets are $39 and $29.
-- Uptown Design District Chill-out: Nov. 1 on Alejo Road and Tachevah Drive. Art, shopping, food and music will be offered in a trendy area of Palm Springs.
-- Pride Festival: Nov. 2 and 3 at Palm Springs Stadium. There will be live music, HIV/AIDS testing by the Desert AIDS Project and more than 125 exhibitors and non-profits. Admission is $15 daily, $25 for a weekend pass, $10 for those 60 and older, youth ages 12 to 18 and students with a current ID.
-- Front Runners and Walkers 5k Run/Walk: Nov. 2 at Palm Springs High School's stadium. Entry is $25, $30 on race day. Discounted entry will be available for students and current members of Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers.
-- Free same-sex wedding ceremonies: Nov. 2, at the Marilyn Forever statue, Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. Couples can be married by an officiant between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., registration is required at www.palmspringsgayweddingplanners.com. Ceremonies will be followed by an ``equality celebration'' at 4:30.
-- Pride Parade: Nov. 3, starts at West Baristo Road, goes north on Palm Canyon Drive to East Tamarisk Road. Roughly 50,000 spectators are expected to watch local organizations, activists and themed floats. Grand marshals are blogger Joe Jervis, organizers of Sochi Pride 2014 in Russia, television personality Ross Mathews and activists and volunteers Melanie Jones, Ellen Zimmerman, Mark Jones and Brian Vatcher.
Additionally, several parties are planned on Nov. 2 and 3.
For more information, go to www.pspride.org.