And yet more Pride with this weekend’s Latino Gay Pride, La Lucha

Another weekend, another reason to be proud in the PacNW. Portland Pride may have been nearly a month ago now but the breakout celebrations continue. This weekend, La Lucha‘s Latino Gay Pride takes over the town with a culmination on Sunday at the Eastbank Esplanade Waterfront.

The fun starts tonight with an Voz Alta: Amor Indocumentado (Undocumented Love), an evening of music and poetry with Edna Vazquez and Joaquin Lopez (details below) and continues with dance parties both Friday and Saturday night. TGIF is the official La Lucha dance party and opener at Boxxes, while Saturday is dedicated to the chicas with a dance party across the river at Crush.

But the main event is Sunday’s epic fiesta, which lasts from noon to 9pm. There’s a host of fabulous DJs and performers such as ChiChi and Chonga the latina stoner satire duo that has has risen to drag stardom in an instant this year at 4. At 6 Under U 4 Men takes the stage and the thought of cholos in chonies makes me weak in the knees.


Voz Alta: Amor Indocumentado

An evening of music and poetry with Edna Vazquez and Joaquin Lopez
When: Thursday, July 14th, reception at 7pm, and Performance at 8:00pm
Where: The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR
Tickets: Sliding scale $15-$25

La Lucha Dance Party – Friday, July 15, 9pm, Boxxes, Portland OR
When: Friday, July 15th, 9:00pm
Where: Boxxes, 1035 SW Stark St, Portland OR
Door Charge: $5

Voz Alta

Chicas Celebration – Saturday, July 16, 11am, Q Center Portland OR
When: Saturday, July 16th

Where: Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave.
Tickets: Sliding scale $10- $15

‘Cycle Ride: Motorcycle and Bicycle Scenic Ride
When: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Where: Start at Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi and end at Colonel Sumner Park in SE (20th & Morrison)
Latino Gay Pride Festival – Sunday, July 17, Noon – 9pm, Eastbank Esplanade

Dance Party & Social
When: Social at 6:00pm & Dance Party from 9:00pm–2:00am.
Where: Crush, 1400 SE Morrison St, Portland OR
Co-hosted by: Chica’s and Chocolate City

When: Sunday, July 17th, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Where: Eastbank Esplanade, Waterfront Park, Portland OR
Donation: $5.00, All Ages Welcome
Featuring: Entertainers, Performers, Live Music, DJ, Vendors, Exhibit Area, Food Carts, and Beer Garden.


12pm ¡Bienvenidos!
Meesha Peru, Tryniti LaCroix, and Enrique Andrade
DJ Girlfriends
1pm Ted Wheeler, Treasurer
State of Oregon
Sam Adams, Mayor (invited)
City of Portland
Vanessa La Torre, Latino Services
Cascade Aids ProjectLo Nuestro, Ballet Folklorico
1:30pm Joaquin Lopez, Vocalist
2pm Los Gallos Rumba, Band
3pm Peter Cunningham, Equity Foundation
Francisco Duenas, Lambda Legal
Jeana Frazzini, Basic Rights OregonLo Nuestro, Ballet Folklorico
3:30pm Kyan Lorredo, Vocalist
4pm Jill Nelson, Portland Area Business Association
2011 Mariposa Awards PresentationChiChi and Chonga, Performers
4:45pm DJ LifePartner
5:15pm Edna Vazquez and Friends
6pm Under U4 Men – CelebrAccion Fashion Show
6:15pm Reina Showcase Featuring:
Tryniti LaCroix
Meesha Peru
Adrienne Alexander La Femme International Plus
Kelly Johanna Miss Gay Oregon Latin Look 2006
Monica Boulevard Portland Legend and Drag Icon
Evonny Welch Miss Gay Oregon Latin Look 2011
Emilio Mr. Embers 2010
7:15pm DJ Dance Party
8:45pm Closing
After Party @ Embers, 11 NW Broadway Portland, OR



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