The Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC) is once again hosting the Orange County Pride Festival in Santa Ana, on August 10, 2013, from 12 noon to 10 pm, on Fourth Street, between Broadway and Ross in Santa Ana, CA.
The free festival will be a full day event from 12pm to 10pm in order to accommodate time for festival goers to enjoy all that the event has to offer. There will be hours of high energy performances on the main stage, over a dozen DJ’s playing various music selections in two dance areas, hundreds of exhibitor tents, a beer and wine garden, a family friendly Kids Club, interesting and educational workshops at our Rainbow Symposium and delicious food from local vendors.
The first Orange County Gay Pride Festival, held in Santa Ana in 1989, incited a clash between attendees and anti-LGBT forces. Police ordered organizers of the “Orange County Cultural Pride Festival” to lock the gate to the festival grounds for half an hour after the brawl and considered shutting the event down early, but decided to let it continue as scheduled for the rest of the day. As the event continued, so did the tension between the festival goers and the anti-LGBT crowd. In an effort to calm the crowd, Janet Avery, president of Orange County Cultural Pride took to the stage.
“We came here to celebrate,” Avery said, quieting the crowd. “If you have a friend who is not here to celebrate, please get them in the mood. This is our day in the sun.”
This year’s event is being presented for the second year in a row by Velvet Lounge (http://www.velvetoc.com). Other sponsors include Downtown, Inc., Gay Neighbors, Families and Friends of Santa Ana, and Morningside Recovery to name a few.
Updates for the event are being announced periodically online at http://www.prideoc.com. The event also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/orangecountypride.
Get in touch:
Broadway & 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Ph: (714) 794-LGBT (5428)