Pride month may be coming to a close, but things are just getting started in Hagerstown. Hagerstown Pride is scheduled for Saturday, July 14th from 11:30 am to 6 pm with “Proud: Htown Pride After Party” at The Lodge following the festivities. Hagerstown Pride is a family-friendly event and is free to the public.
This year Pride is being held in the Central Lot (14 North Potomac Street) in the heart of downtown Hagerstown. It is accessible from Franklin, Washington, Potomac, and Locust streets, off the square in downtown Hagerstown. Parking is available across the street at the University District Parking Deck (25 North Potomac Street), though there is ample parking nearby in downtown Hagerstown in case you find the University deck is full.
You can expect performances and appearances from a number of your favorite local entertainers, including Alondra Sanchez, Stephanie Michaels, Shaunda Leer, Miranda Rights, Jayda Knight, Chi Chi Ray Colby, Patti Lovelace, Honey Bee, Butch Kelly, Alyssa Mathews, Sasha Renee, Ladie Bladie, Chasity Vain, and Lolli Cox. Araya Sparxx, reigning Queen of Pride, will be performing, along with Miss Gay Maryland America, Nicole James, who will be competing for the title of Miss Gay America later this year.
An ensemble from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will be performing in the afternoon.
The headliner for this year’s Pride festivities is Kennedy Davenport, who you may recognize from season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and season three of RuPaul’s “Drag Race All Stars.” Kennedy is known for her polished, professional demeanor, show-stopping dance numbers, and outstanding lip syncing skills. She will also be performing at Proud: Htwon Pride After Party at The Lodge.
On the festival side of things, there are approximately 60 vendors booked for Hagerstown Pride. You can expect to find handmade crafts, beautiful jewelry, and more. There will also be food and alcohol, though you must have a valid photo ID if you plan to drink.
Hagerstown Pride is a family-friendly event and will have a kids area with games, activities, and entertainment. A schedule of events is expected to be posted online the week before Pride.
If you go to Hagerstown Pride, be sure to stop at the Hagerstown Hopes tent and find out all the great things we’re working on bringing to the community. You can sign up for our email list and even register as a volunteer. Hagerstown Pride is also the last day you can purchase a raffle ticket for a two night trip for two to Las Vegas. The package includes Aria hotel accomodations, tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show at the MGM Resort, a $350 dinner at Jean Georges Steakhouse, flights through Delta Airlines, and limo transfers to and from the airport. Tickets are a bargain at only $10 each, and the winner will be drawn at the after party. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be present to win!
Speaking of the after party, The Lodge is hosting Proud: Htown Pride After Party later that evening. The party runs from 9 pm to 2 am for those 21 and up with government issued ID. There is a $7 cover charge for early birds and a $12 cover after 10 pm. The Patio stage show begins at 11 and the Mainstage show at midnight. Araya Sparxx, Nicole James, Ashley Bannks, Sasha Renee, Chi Chi Ray Colby, and, of course, Kennedy Davenport will be performing. Kennedy Davenport will be having a meet and greet at 12:45 a.m. for those who’d like autographs and pictures.
Check out Hagerstown Hopes and The Lodge on Facebook for more information. A schedule of events will be available closer to July 14. See you at Hagerstown Pride!
- Brian George Hose has been an advocate for LGBTQ persons and issues all his adult life. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Shepherd University and looks forward to pursuing a Master's of Social Work with a focus in mental health. A former musician, Brian served as minister of music for New Light MCC for several years and incorporates music into social work practice. He lives in rural Western Maryland where he has amassed a sinful number of books, yarn, and books about yarn. He has been writing for Baltimore Out Loud since February 2016.