Shenandoah Valley Pride 2018
By, Russell Love
For the past four years, the Shenandoah Valley Pride Alliance (SVP) has hosted a single day pride festival. For its fifth year, SVP has expanded its pride festival into a three-day event. Having a weekend chock-full of events provides attendees more opportunities to enjoy family-friendly activities and evening entertainment in addition to Saturday’s street festival. This year, SVP is working with the local Arts Council, Court Square theatre, Capital Ale House and the Artful Dodger. SVP also partnered with the Hotel Madison, just blocks from the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, which is offering discounted rates for SVP attendees (mention promo code Pride18, by July 11th to get the special rate). Sponsors including Walmart, BB&T, D&L Trophies, Rhinestone Productions, HRC, Capital Ale House and many others are making SVP’s weekend of festivities possible.
Last year SVP crowned Jayda Knight as Miss Shenandoah Valley Emeritus. This year, SVP will host the first annual Miss Shenandoah Valley Pageant on Friday, July 20th at Court Square Theatre. Doors open at 6:30PM and the show starts at 8:00PM. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. After the pageant, folks are encouraged to sashay away to Capital Ale House for an after party where they can meet all of the contestants and the new Miss Shenandoah Valley Pride!
On Saturday, July 21 SVP will host its annual Pride Festival at Court Square from 2:00PM – 8:00PM. The festival features local and state business vendors, delicious food and performances from local bands and drag queens. SVP will present awards honoring community members that have been a strong voice in the local LGBTQ community. Former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant, Miss India Ferrah, will headline the event and be backed up by beats from DJ Jammin Jackie. After the festival, keep the party going at the Artful Dodger!
To cap off a weekend of festivities, Rhinestone Productions will host SVP’s inaugural “Hungover Brunch” at Capital Ale House. Relive the weekend’s excitement (and recover from all the fun you had) with a final performance from the Ladies of the Valley. Email email@example.com for reservations. This event will benefit SVP and help the organization start planning for next year’s Pride Festival.
Friday, July 20th: Miss Shenandoah Valley Pride Pageant at Court Square Theatre. Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 8:00PM.
Saturday, July 21st: Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival from 2:00PM – 8:00PM at the Courthouse Square. After Party at the Artful Dodger.
Sunday, July 22nd: Hungover Brunch at Capital Ale House from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. Drag show starts at 1:00PM.