Cathedral City Pride – Everything you need to know

Cathedral City Pride

The Bed Race is a highlight of Cathedral City Pride. Photo: Cathedral City LGBT Days.

California’s first Pride event of the year, Cathedral City LGBT Days, aka Cathedral City Pride, kicks off its three-day celebration on Friday.

Here’s everything you need to know about Cathedral City Pride.

  • Friday 

The official Pride flag raising and lighting of City Hall will take place at 6 p.m.

It will be followed by a 7 p.m. screening under the stars of “The  Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

At 9 p.m., the first outdoor Pride drone show will begin. 

The events are free and open to the public.

Register for film tickets here.

  • Saturday

The festivities include Bacon and Leggs poolside drag brunch and party, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Temecula’s Drag Experience and KGAY hosted by Jake DuPree and Kelly K with Jo Lopez, Joella, Luna Eclipse, Diva Dean, The Fitness Marshall. DJ performance by Modgirl is the DJ. Purchase tickets here.

A live stage revue of “Remembering Leslie Jordan: a Sordid Lives/Southern Baptist Sissies Tribute” hosted by renowned multi-hyphenate and desert fixture Del Shores with special guests Newell Alexander, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker and Emerson Collins. Performances are at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary Pickford Theater. Purchase tickets here.

Cathedral City Pride after party at AMP Sports Lounge co-hosted by Jake Dupree and Angelique VaGorgeous.

  • Sunday

The annual Bed Race and Parade of Beds takes place in front of City Hall at 10 a.m., where thousands of well-wishers line the street to cheer on teams running festively decorated beds down Avenue Lalo Guerrero. The Bed Race will be emceed by local drag legend Bella da Ball and co-hosted by KGAY’s John Taylor.

Live entertainment includes The Dreamboats kicking things off in the morning, with a special performance by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus immediately following the Bed Race awards ceremony.

Afterward, from noon to 4 p.m, the Abbey West Hollywood hosts a Sunday Funday T dance with DJ Sam Childs.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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