Welcome to the Holland Area Pride website! We’re delighted to announce Holland’s *first* outdoor celebration of LGBT PRIDE, kicking off in the heart of Downtown Holland in gorgeous Centennial Park (and concluding across the street in the historic Park Theatre).
Check back with us often for updates on the festival (scheduled for June 29) and be sure to “like” us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute news.
Press Release #2
Everything from toe-tapping urban folk and dance music to a comedian who was called “one of 10 standout stand-ups in New York City” will keep people entertained at the Holland Area PRIDE Festival on June 29.
Free entertainment will be nonstop from 1-6 p.m. at Centennial Park and 6-10 p.m. in the Park Theater in downtown Holland.
The headliner for the day entertainment will be LVNMUZIQ, led by Liz Snavely, a lesbian acoustic singer-songwriter, from 5-6 p.m. in Centennial Park. Snavely has performed more than 400 shows in 25 states since 2006 and now lives in Grand Rapids, where she has attracted a large following.
Snavely, who will be performing in a four-piece band, describes her music as urban folk that “drifts somewhere between the dusty road lyrics of Tracy Chapman with the soulful luster of Toni Childs.” Gregg Shapiro of the Chicago Free Press described it this way: “Liz Snavely (a.k.a. LVNMUZIQ) has a distinct vocal sound that can warm up the chilliest spring morning and her songs have a way of working their way under your skin and making themselves a part of your being.”
Motif, a Detroit-area band, kicks off the festival at 1 p.m. and will be followed by the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, folk musicians Shirley Lawson and Fran Mervau, and guitarist Greg Hulsebos.
Then the music goes inside to the Park Theater, across River Avenue from Centennial Park. After a happy hour from 6-7 p.m. comedian Mimi Gonzalez will perform. The native Michigander has performed across the country at festivals, PRIDE events, cruises and even on battlefields to entertain the troops.
A livelong activist for LGBT rights, Gonzalez has lived and performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Provincetown and New York City, where Backstage Magazine described her as “side-splitting…a strong, high-spirited comic. Great observational material…feminist material both funny and accessible to everyone in her audience. One of ten stand-out stand ups in New York City.”
Gonzalez regularly performs during the height of the season in Provincetown, where her shows are consistently sold out. But she proudly refers to herself as a “kitten from the mitten” and brags about the rich heritage of Michigan Pride.
After Gonzalez performs, there will be a show featuring local drag talent and then dancing.
“We’re very excited about this year’s Holland Area PRIDE entertainment lineup,” said Gary Burmeister, chairperson of the PRIDE Festival entertainment committee. “Our goal for this year’s entertainment was for it to reflect the diversity of the LGBT community itself, and I think we’ve really done that. We’ve got something for everyone to enjoy.”
Herman Miller is the premier sponsor of the 2013 Holland Area PRIDE Festival, which will also feature booths, a live auction that will include a Herman Miller Aeron office chair valued at $999, and food and beverages. For more information, go to www.hollandareapride.com.
Press Release #1
For more information: Jim Larkin at (616) 928-0855
Photos from 2012 PRIDE and Holland Area PRIDE logo attached
Holland area’s PRIDE Festival will go outside for the first time ever on Saturday, June 29, with booths, food and live free entertainment at Centennial Park from 1-6 p.m.
And then the festival will go inside Park Theater, 248 S. River, from 6-10 p.m., when more free entertainment will be featured.
It will be the biggest PRIDE festival ever in Holland, said organizers from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Holland/Lakeshore, who began planning the expanded festival shortly after the doors were closed on last year’s indoor PRIDE event.
“We wanted to expand this year’s festival to show the area’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community that they have broad support and many reasons to celebrate with pride,” said Jim Larkin, chairperson of the Holland Area PRIDE Festival Board. “And we are very thankful for those who have lined up to show such support, especially our premier sponsor, Herman Miller.”
Brian Walker, president and CEO of Herman Miller, said, “We are proud to be a premier sponsor of this year’s Holland PRIDE Festival. Herman Miller has a long history as an inclusive workplace and we are committed to encouraging and supporting an inclusive community. Welcoming, respecting, and valuing people for their abilities and talents is critical to the future of our company, and the region. We are pleased to be joining with many others in recognizing and celebrating the contributions of the LGBT community in the greater Holland area.”
In Centennial Park from 1-6 p.m., numerous organizations and businesses are supporting PRIDE by displaying and making available informational resources for festival participants. Live performances by the West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus, lesbian folk rocker Liz Snavely and other musicians will be provided at the gazebo in the park. A silent auction will also be held of items donated by merchants, including an Aeron office chair, with a retail value of $999, from Herman Miller. Refreshments from food booths can be purchased by festival participants, as well as alcoholic beverages across River Street at the Park Theater.
A happy hour from 6-7 p.m. will kick-off the evening’s fun (18 years of age and older) at the Park Theater and will be followed by nationally known comedian Mimi Gonzales and dancing.
“Gay PRIDE month (June) should be a time of celebration and recognition and we didn’t want it to pass in Holland without letting our LGBT youth and adults know they are loved, respected and supported,” said Mary DeRidder, PFLAG member and vice chair of the Holland Area PRIDE Festival Board. “What better way to do that than with a daylong celebration of their talents and contributions.”