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Parade & Festival to Highlight First North Shore Pride on June 30

SALEM – More than 80 nonprofits, local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations will participate in the first annual North Shore Pride Parade and Festival on Sat. June 30 in Salem. The day-long event aims at “celebrating unity in the community”, and will feature local news anchor and longtime LGBT activist Randy Price as Grand Marshal of the Parade.

The parade steps off on New Derby Street at 12PM/Noon from the Salem Post office on Washington Street.

Other guests include openly gay Boston sportswriter Steve Buckley, Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll, and members of the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (NAGLY), who will receive the first annual North Shore Pride Community Award.

Following the parade, a festival will be held on the Salem Common providing information, networking and shopping throughout the day. On stage, performers will entertain crowds throughout the day, including R&B singer Rolla, acoustic pop act Seth Wonkka and his band, Gloucester folk singer Deb Hardy, theatrical cabaret group What time is It Mr. Fox? and the world’s only all-female Queen tribute band, Cape-Anne based Gunpowder Gelatine.

Vaudeville performer Johnny Blazes will serve as the festival’s master of ceremonies, as well as perform with her own band Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys.

Congressman Barney Frank will also receive special recognition for his career-long LGBT advocacy.

The festival will conclude at 5PM, and a free after party will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel with DJ Jodi.

“I’m so pleased to see the level of support for this initial North Shore Pride event,” said Board President Hope Watt-Bucci. “We envisioned this as a celebration for the entire North Shore community – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and straight allies, individuals and families – and that’s exactly what it’s shaping up to be.”

The event’s major sponsor is Eastern Bank as well as financial assistance from the North Shore Music Theatre, Lucas Noble Financial, Met Life and Spirit Magazine

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What? North Shore Pride Parade and Festival

When? Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Salem, MA

10AM: Interfaith prayer service on the Salem Common

12PM: Parade kicks off on New Derby in front of the Salem Post Office

1 to 5PM: Parade Festival on the Salem Common

5:30PM: After Party at the Hawthorne Hotel (free admission, cash bar)

Cost? FREE

For more information visit www.northshorepride.org or www.facebook.com/northshorepride

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