PRIDE Corpus Christi 2019
By Kylie Cooper
By: Kylie Cooper Photo by: Brynn Osborn
The PRIDE 2019 celebration is just about a week away and there will be no shortage of fun to partake in. The Mosaic Project of South Texas, a local 501©3 non-profit organization, announced all the details to this year’s 4th Annual Corpus Christi Pride Celebration and we’re here to lay the week out in one handy little guide.
The celebration, as a whole, is an annual festival which focuses on commemorating, educating, and celebrating LGBTQIA+ equality and human rights. This is more than just a party – this is the largest annual LGBTQIA+ advocacy event in the Coastal Bend! Local businesses, community groups, and non-profit organizations come together during this week to educate, provide resources, sell goods, and connect with prospective clients and volunteers!
Celebrating love, diversity, and the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community within Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend is the goal. The means to this end goal? A week-long celebration filled with events for the whole family.
Monday, June 3rd – PRIDE Movie Monday @ The Alamo Drafthouse
You know the new biopic coming out about Sir Elton John and his fantastical journey? Yeah, I’m sure you’re familiar. Well, you can join in on PRIDE Movie Monday for a private first run showing of ROCKETMAN! Each ticket is $20 and gets you a seat, popcorn, a drink, and the chance to win some cool giveaways. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film will begin at 7 o’clock sharp. Make sure to reserve your tickets for this because there is no doubt it will sell out!
Tuesday, June 4th – Guerilla Bar @ The Post at Lamar Park
PRIDE Corpus Christi and Equality Texas-Corpus Christi join forces to host a patio mixer for all! Allies and friends will gather on The Post’s outdoor seating area to enjoy drinks, food, and good conversation. The fun starts at 7 PM.
Wednesday, June 5th – OUT of Control Comedy Night @ Mesquite Street Pizza Company
Sandra Valls – comic, actor, singer writer, and diva – will be setting the mood just right with her hilarity Wednesday night. Valls, best known for her powerful and electric stand-up performances on Showtime’s The Latin Divas of Comedy and PRIDE: LGBT Comedy Slam, mixes her stand-up talents and unique storytelling to bring you non-stop laughs. The show starts at 7 PM and is open to those 21 and up with a valid ID. Tickets are $20.
After the performance, head down the block to Mulligan’s Pub for the official after party. There will be drink specials for all!
Thursday, June 6th – Pub Crawl @ Connect, Frat House, & Hidden Door
Who doesn’t love a good pub crawl? You know, a chance to drink various cocktails at numerous local bars with all your friends! Join in on the official PRIDE Pub Crawl beginning at Connect Bar and Ultra Lounge and ending at the Hidden Door. Each of the participating bars are within walking distance of one another to ensure a safe crawl!
Friday June 7th – YNOT Youth Prom @ Everhart Event Center
Join YNOT’s 3rd Annual LGBTQIA+ Youth Prom event. This year’s theme? A Night Under the Big Top and is open for young adults between the ages of 13 and 24. Circus themes galore – let your imagination run wild! There will be a limited capacity so get your tickets early (they are only $5)
Also on Friday night, the I <3 G80s Prom @ The Bay Jewel Event Center! Dance the night away 80s style at PRIDE very own LGBT Prom event. PRIDE hopes to provide a second chance with this event for everyone to enjoy their prom night in the company of friends and allies! Drinks, music, dancing, and all the other prom stuff your heart desires will be featured at the event.
Saturday, June 8th – 3rd Annual PRIDE Corpus Christi Parade
The third annual PRIDE Corpus Christi Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 3 – 4 p.m. featuring the Honorable Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales as Grand Marshal. The approximately one-mile parade route begins at Shoreline Boulevard and Mann Street then runs south along Shoreline Boulevard and ends at Water’s Edge Park.
After the parade, the official PRIDE Block Party will kick off at Water’s Edge Park! This free event will feature entertainment for the whole family! With 9 food trucks, booths from civic groups, local businesses, arts and crafts, drinks, there is something for everyone. There will also be a beer garden and a Victory Pro Wrestling competition where the first-ever Pride of Texas Heavyweight Champion will be crowned!
Sunday, June 9th – A PRIDE Wedding @ St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Following a public call for nominations, a lucky couple will win a private wedding celebration at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Local businesses generously contributed toward our fourth wedding package giveaway that will make the wedding a truly memorable experience for the betrothed.
Also on Sunday, you can head to House of Rock for the Trans PRIDE event. Trans Pride is designed to educate the community about the transgender community. The event is free and open to all ages. Autumn Nicole McClure will be speaking along with Angela Baker, Liz Robledo, Rylan Luke Martinez and others. The event will be held from 7 – 11 pm.
And, lastly, you can head over to The Exchange for Poetry Night: PRIDE. Local podcast, Revolve One, has partnered with the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation and PRIDE Corpus Christi to host an evening of poems, prose, and pride at The Exchange. This event is designed for us to embrace ourselves and express our identities together as well as showcase our diverse and dynamic talents.
For more information on PRIDE Week 2019, please visit pridecorpuschristi.com.