After a successful inaugural year, Redwood Pride is back with a three-part festival Saturday, Sept. 29 called Pride with a Purpose, celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ people and their allies in an environment of inclusivity and acceptance. The all-day, family-friendly event gets underway with a Community Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center (free) with live music and performances by The Raging Grannies, RaWorthy, Kara Doten, Blood Hunny and John David Young Conspiracy. Community organizations will be tabling along with vendors with Pride and rainbow merchandise, food and drinks, commemorative T-shirts and more. The event features guest speaker Leslie Castellano, Humboldt Skate Park demos and an opportunity for you to belt out your best "Born this Way" at the Lip Sync Tournament.
At 4 p.m., the fun spills over to Second and I streets in Old Town for the start of the Redwood Pride Parade. Wave your rainbow/freak flag from the sidelines or take to the streets with the estimated 100 participants as they sashay down Second. Things end up at the Historic Eagle House at Second and C streets around 5 p.m. There the Pride Night party commences with all-ages entry until 8:30 p.m. and then rolls into 18 and up until midnight. DJs JewLion, Bastard, CoppertonE and ANDREAS bring the beats before drag performers Elektryx, Felix Flex, Davinya Rae Nation, Nova Sixx, Justin Hismouth, Apple Adams and Mercury Rising do their thang at 9 p.m. Pride-themed beverages (and lewks) will be served and food trucks will be on site to keep you steady. Come early for door prizes and take part in the raffle for $500 worth of local gift baskets, gift certificates and other cool swag.