Houston’s Pride week has been in full swing since last Friday, but things will simultaneously heat up and cool down for the weekend’s crowning events, including Wonderland Houston, the coolest party of the year, and the 36th Houston LGBT Pride Festival & Pride Parade.
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Wonderland Houston, the city’s only circuit party, kicks off the weekend on Friday night in its new location, South Beach Houston.
But don’t let the club’s hot name and steamy reputation fool you. While the party’s lavish set-up includes your typical circuit party fare, the venue transforms into a Winter Wonderland—complete with snow. Yes, snow!? But leave the sweaters at home. DJ Brandon Moses, who makes his Houston debut after recently rocking the Purple Party in Dallas, will serve hot beats guaranteed to make you sweat.
The event is 18 to party, 21 to drink and serves as a fundraiser for purpose-party stalwart Bunnies on the Bayou. The worthy cause continues to raise the roof every Easter while raising and distribute funds all year for various charitable, educational and cultural programs that seek to improve the quality of life for LGBT individuals since 1979.
Wonderland tickets, from $40 general admission to $500 platinum packages, are still available.
For those who may party with their Pride from the early afternoon into the wee hours of the morning, the Houston Pride Festival kicks off on Saturday at 1 p.m. along Montrose Blvd. The Festival is expected to bring more than 200 vendors and exhibitors, including the Houston LGBT History Exhibit. Get ready to be serenaded by a festival entertainment lineup that includes Houston Pride Superstars from the contest’s past and present.
The festival concludes at 7 p.m. for its capstone event, the LGBT Pride Parade. It’s expected to draw more than 400,000 people to the area when it kicks off at 8:15 p.m. – Yes, make note: That’s almost an hour earlier this year. With crowds that large, you’ll want to stake out your seat along Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose early.
Pride by night
Of course if you’re feeling really lucky, head over to Westheimer at Waugh for the Parade pre-show that starts at 7:30 p.m. This year’s LGBT Pride Parade Grand Marshals are Christina Gorczynski, JD Doyle, and Sarah and Fernando Aramburo.
“The teams of volunteers have been working hard for over a year and a half to produce the fourth-largest Pride celebration in the U.S., and we hope to beat 2013’s estimated attendance of 400,000,” Frankie Quijano, president and CEO of Pride Houston, told OutSmart. “[We’re] having a live broadcast of the parade on public access channels for those who are unable to come to the parade due to the heat or because they haven’t come out yet.”
But Pride doesn’t end when the parade takes its last steps at 11 p.m. Most of you already know that Pride revelers will then pour toward the bars in droves. They can take themselves back to South Beach Houston for the official Houston Pride after party, or check out some of the other Best Pride things to do in Houston this weekend.
And if you thought Pride was over after that, wrong again.
What would Pride be without a Sunday Funday celebration? Get something unofficial going at your favorite destination when the doors open, and show your Pride on Sunday night at South Beach for Rapture, the official foam closing party of Houston Pride Week. Wear a swimsuit.
Photo via Wonderland