gay-pride parades and festivals that dot the world's cultural map
lively legacies of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City.
The June 1969 raid by police on a gay gathering place called the
Stonewall Inn triggered a spasm of violent protest and conflict between
New York's gay community and police officers. The clashes marked the
beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement, in which decades of anger and
outrage at police harassment and brutality found a public outlet.
Most Pride festivities commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall
riots take place during the last week of June. But in Florida, the
occasion is usually celebrated in the springtime, when the weather is
glorious and university students haven't scattered for the summer.
The local lesbian, gay and transgender community bursts into bloom this
weekend for Tallahassee PrideFest 2006. The festivities commence with a
performance by the sumptuously entertaining Latin pop
singer/comedian/cross-dressing historical interpreter
Estrada tonight at the downtown hotspot Paradigm.
Estrada packed the house last year for a performance of his "ICONS:
Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1" at Paradigm. That means
you'd better get there early to stake out a prime spot for tonight's
"ICONS: The Lesbian
and Gay History of the World, Vol. 2."
In the first edition of
Estrada's absolutely fabulous interpretation of
world history, he delivered hysterical portrayals of such historical
and cultural figures as Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude
Stein and Ellen DeGeneres. In "Vol. 2," he puts his special spin on
such characters as Queen Christina of Sweden, Billie Jean King, Susan
B. Anthony, Harvey Milk, Alexander the Great and 9/11 hero Mark Bingham.
Estrada previously worked as lead dancer for the campy legend Charo and
has tickled funny bones aplenty on Comedy Central's "The Graham Norton
Effect." His original Latin dance music has been used on the soundtrack
of the police drama "The Shield," and he has appeared on the PBS series
"In the Life."
Estrada will preside over the PrideFest activities at Tom Brown Park on
Saturday. There'll be a special Kids Zone for the youngsters, a Doggie
Station and a variety of food, crafts and service vendors and
The day wouldn't be complete without live music to make the crowd strut
and shimmy. The PrideFest lineup includes Ravens Gate at 11:30 a.m.,
Nunez at 12:45 p.m., The Grand Canyons at 2, Kristi Lee at 3:15 and
South Florida recording artist the Diane Ward Band at 4:30.
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