By Dae Elliott | South Bay Alliance
This year has been an amazing year with many highs and many lows.
The presidential election is just around the corner and our nation is grappling with how we are to move forward on many fronts.
South Bay Pride was founded to give a voice to the many LGBTQ here in South San Diego County and claim safe space for all of us and our allies celebrating diversity, equality and love for all. We are proud to be able to have some of our all-time favorite bands and DJs entertaining us on three different stages, all surrounded by the amazing views and cool breezes of the San Diego Bay.
The ever-fantastic Laura Jane is emceeing on the Port of San Diego stage. The world’s first LGBTQ mariachi band, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles will be there along with the All-Star Candye Kane Tribute Band, featuring some of her former band members and Sue Palmer, Laura Chavez, Evan Yearsley, Thomas Yearsley, Jonny Viau, Casey Hensley and Laura Jane. This extraordinary group of musicians will be giving homage to one of San Diego’s most famous and beloved singers, Candye Kane, whom we lost to pancreatic cancer this last May. Candye was always on the frontlines fighting for LGBTQ rights and will be miss her greatly!
As always, we have some of the great local bands and singers such as Jessie May, the Social Animal, Ingénue and The Tighten Ups rounding out the Port’s stage lineup.
But it doesn’t stop there, as Tomas Serrano has lined up an awesome day for us at the Electronica Stage filled with some of the best DJs around! Beach party here we come with DJ KA, DJ Fariba, DJ Dida, DJ Taj, Oscar Del Amor, Tristan D (UK – Serious Records), Karine Hannah (Cash Money Records), and Mike Taylor with DJ IDeaL. This exciting line up is non-stop dancing, beach, great food and drinks for a can’t-miss event.
And still there is more as the Industry, along with the Lemon Grove Punks, are presenting the third stage stacked with exciting local talent of Strange Creature, Dexter Riley Xperiment, Bad Kids, Hang Zero’s, the Pope Virgins, Lindsay and the White Lies, Fake Tides, Pathetic Society, Nerve Control and their headliner, Adult Crash! There is something for everyone this year!
Artisan Alley has grown and gives us a wonderful display of our talented arts and crafts again this year along with the AIDS Memorial Quilt of San Diego and an Orlando Art Installation by James Nocito, honoring those lost this year at the Pulse Nightclub in June.
Bring your chairs and beach towels. Come ready to hang out at the beach or on the green lawns for a day of affirmation and community. Visit our exciting vendor and exhibitors along with our other activities. There will be kayaking, even a yoga paddleboard demonstration and more!
All for free, although of course, we will be asking for donations by those that can to help continue to keep this great Pride event going. Come join us! Keep on the look out on our webpage or Facebook as we have an incredible drop-in act coming down the pike! Don’t miss it. We want to break last year’s 15k attendance.
Help us get the word out. Invite and share with everyone so that we can have the best South Bay Pride yet. Visit SouthBayPride.org and/or on Facebook/SouthBayPride.
— Dae Elliott is a founding executive committee member and the current executive director of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and organizer of the annual South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival. Contact her at email@example.com.