Alive’s guide to Columbus Pride 2014

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From the June 19, 2014 edition

Columbus takes two things very seriously: equal rights and parties. It comes as no surprise that Columbus Pride 2014 is expected to be the largest celebration to date. With George Takei leading the charge, an estimated 400,000 LGBTQ people, their friends, families and everybody else will be partaking in the festivities this weekend. To keep from overwhelming you with all the awesome madness, here are a few of our favorite events to guide you through Pride Weekend.

Friday

Silky Pride

Rehab Tavern

456 W. Town St., Franklinton

No cover

If you believe talk is cheap, let your body language send the message at Silky Pride at Rehab Tavern. Juuso Tervo, George Brazil and DJ Bratt will spin your favorite R&B jams as they bring the Pride party to Franklinton. Special guest, L.A.-based stripper/party rapper Juan Huevos, will probably get weird, too. Bonus!

Outlook’s Big Gay Dance Party

Park Street Patio

533 Park St., Arena District

$10-$50

Chi Chi LaRue will host this party with porn stars Brock Avery and David Christiano and drag troupe The Glamazons at Park Street Patio for Outlook’s Big Gay Dance Party. Former Columbus powerhouse DJ Moxy will provide the perfect tunes to get you pumped for Pride. You’d better get there early, with the location next to Goodale Park and the killer line-up, this one is probably going to be elbow-to-elbow.

Royal Renegades Pride Show + Pride Glow party

Wall Street Night Club

144 N. Wall St., Downtown

$10

Get to Wall Street Night Club around 8 p.m. to check out this year’s Royal Renegades Pride Show. The Kings of Columbus, Reverend Roy Rogers, The Midwest GenderQueer and more will work the stage at their “Queers Through The Years”-themed spectacle. Make sure you wear something white (and disposable) if you stick around for the black-light glow party. If you can’t party with rainbow body paint and black lights, why are you reading this?

Saturday

Rally In The Alley

Alley between Union Café and La Fogata Grill

782 N. High St., Short North

No cover

Once you’ve given up on finding George Takei after the parade wraps, head over to the alley between La Fogata Grill and Union Café for Rally In The Alley. DJ Jeremy James will be spinning while you enjoy a full liquor bar, beer garden and some next-level people watching as you soak up the sun.

Unity Ball 13 + Drag-A-Palooza

Axis Night Club

775 N. High St., Short North

$20

The “official dance party of Pride” is bringing so much fierce, it couldn’t all fit in the club. This indoor-outdoor event features killer dance music by Rob Engel inside, while host Nina West and special guests DVW will heat things up at Drag-A-Palooza outside. Bonus: Admission gets you into both parties. Double Bonus: All the outside proceeds support Stonewall Columbus, ARC Ohio and Kaleidoscope Youth Center.

Pride Ball 2014

Wall Street Night Club

144 N. Wall St., Downtown

$10

As the self-proclaimed “largest LGBT dance party of the year,” Wall Street Night Club’s Pride Ball 2014 welcomes friends and family of the gay community to get wild on the dance floor as resident DJ Michele Chaney and Mykal Kitt provide a killer soundtrack for the night.

Sunday

Broadway Brunch

Level Dining Lounge

700 N. High St., Short North

After all that raging, you’re going to want to recover. Brunch isn’t a meal; it’s a state of mind, and what better place to get your mind right for the closing of Pride than with some great grub and Broadway show tunes. Grab a mimosa or a Bloody Mary, order some bacon, and get ready to send Pride 2014 out with a bang. Again, if you don’t party with mimosas and show tunes, why are you reading this?

Bat-N-Rouge

Dodge Park

667 Sullivant Ave., Franklinton

Join Nina West, Chi Chi LaRue, the WNCI Morning Zoo, Monica Day, and the Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball League as players dress up as their favorite celebs and try to score the winning run at Dodge Park. Proceeds support Stonewall Columbus and Kaleidoscope Youth Center and ARC Ohio. Let’s be honest … where the hell else are you going to see drag queens play softball on a Sunday?