Grab your Cinderella slippers, your purple Chanel dress and make your way to Pocatello Pride for the masquerade ball, grand marshal reception, parties and festival in the town square. The Pride Festival, Aug.18-20, is in its 10th season and this year promises to be better than ever, said Toshia Harke, one of the event organizers.
“It’s going to be a blast for people of all ages,” Harke said. “We’ve got activities ranging from a masquerade ball with our grand marshal, Katastrophe, to a bounce house at the festival.”
The festival kicks off with a party sponsored by Original Plumbing, a magazine for trans men at H&R Hockey, with drinks, skating and an appearance by Katastrophe, co-owner of the magazine, trans-rights activist and hip-hop artist.
On Aug. 19, the Grand Marshal reception will be a themed masquerade ball with a strict formal dress code. Some masks will be provided, but should be purchased beforehand. Admission is $15 and it will be held at the Rosewood Reception Center.
The festival will be held in the Old Town Pavilion and entrance is $5 or a donation of four cans of food.
“We wanted to make it accessible to everyone and we also wanted this to be an opportunity to show the community we’re not bad people,” Harke said. “We also accept other donations. Basically, we want people to be able to come and have a good time.”
The festival will feature booths, food vendors and family-friendly activities. Along with Katastrophe and other local bands, the local drag troupe, Charley’s Angels, will have an hour-long performance of a lifetime on the main stage, Harke said. The beer garden is hosted by Club Charleys, the local gay bar. There will be HIV and Hepatitis C testing, as well as vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Harke said.
After parties will be held throughout the weekend at Club Charleys, which has been an enormous supporter and sponsor of the event, Harke said.
“It’s been great to see the community come together and see all the support,” Harke said.
For more information, including hotel packages from the Red Lion Hotel go to PocatelloPride.com.