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Palm Springs Gay Pride 2013

Celebrating gay pride in the Palm Springs region

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Whereas many cities celebrates Gay Pride in late spring or summer, Palm Springs - which endures through brutally hot summers - has the good sense to hold its Greater Palm Springs Pride festival in early November (on November 2 and 3, 2013).

Although you may think of Palm Springs as chiefly a place where gays and lesbians go on vacation, this smallish city within an afternoon's drive of L.A., San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix has a substantial year-round and also seasonal community of GLBT residents. It's no wonder, then, that the city's Gay Pride celebration has become one of the community's most popular events over the years, even if not quite as well-attended as the two GLBT events for which the region is most famous, the Dinah Shore Weekend/Palm Springs Women's Weekend and Palm Springs White Party, both held in early April.

More on Palm Springs Pride 2013 will be posted here as the date of this event approaches - here's a look back at last year's event:

Palm Springs Pride is made up a downtown Block Party held Saturday evening from 6 until 11 pm, a Pride Parade on Sunday morning at 10 am, and a festival held over both days from 10 until 6 in Sunrise Park. Lots of big-name entertainers are headed to Pride this year, including Martha Reeves, Erasure's Andy Bell, Pepper Mashay, Karmin, Kimberly Caldwell, the Crystal Method, the Limousines, Susaye Green, Cherie Lily, and more.

Among related fun events, there are Palm Springs Pride Pool Parties set for Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 8 pm, at clothing-optional Camp Palm Springs resort.

Several partner hotels are participating, including the Saguaro, Riviera Palm Springs, the Ace, the Hilton, the Hyatt Regency, and Quality Inn.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels and gay resorts, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check local gay papers, such as the weekly Desert Daily Guide for details. Also take a look at the excellent GLBT site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Palm Springs Desert Resorts CVA.

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