Pride Alive returns to Green Bay July 8 – 10

Pride Alive returns to Green Bay on July 8-10 with an expanded schedule of events that offers something for everyone, says event co-chair Andrew DeBaker.

The main event is Saturday, July 9, at Joannes Park. The festivities get underway with a noon opening ceremony featuring state Senate candidate Nancy Nusbaum, who’s challenging anti-gay Sen. Robert Cowles in this summer’s recall election. The afternoon and evening entertainment includes local bands Speed Beaver, The Charles Walker Band and Ronnie Nyles. Drag star Anita Buffet is master of ceremonies.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following the daytime program, a dance party called “Fever” rocks Shelter Club, 730 N. Quincy St. DJs Cody Domino and Multidimensional Fortitude will spin, and go-go dancers from Chicago will set the beat.

Fever is a new addition to Pride Alive, now in its fourth year. “It’s really a response to what people asked for,” DeBaker says.

On Sunday, July 10, the weekend closes with “Chez Bouché: A Dance-Comedy Review” at Riverside Ballroom, 1560 Main St.

About 3,300 people attended last year’s Pride Alive, despite heavy rainfall. The annual event began in the wake of the 2006 anti-gay marriage amendment.

“In northeast Wisconsin, we decided that revitalizing Pride as sort of a focal point for the community was a great thing we could do,” DeBaker says. “Our tagline is community, diversity, equality. We’re trying to show that we’re still here five years after that horrible amendment. We’re trying to show that we’re a valuable part of the community. And because we’re here, we demand equality.

“It’s also a way to recharge our batteries a little bit to boost ourselves and take that energy and continue it in our daily lives for the rest of the year.”

For a complete schedule, go to newpride.org.

– L.W.