Santa Ana, CA — The Orange County Equality Coalition Organization (OCEC) is pleased to announce the return of Orange County Pride this year. After the growing success over the past three years, we wanted to continue to build a strong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Orange County. This is why we are delighted to announce that OC Pride will be “Takin’ it to the Streets” in Santa Ana this year and it will be free to the general public.
“For years, Orange County residents have had to celebrate pride in Long Beach, Los Angeles or San Diego,” said Daniel Shad, Co-Chairman of OCEC, and this year’s OC Pride Co-Chair. “While those are great events, we want to create an event that the Orange County LGBT community can celebrate proudly right in their own backyard, and that’s what we are doing here.”
The event will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 on Fourth Street between Broadway and Ross in Santa Ana, CA. The free festival will be a full day event from 12pm to 10pm in order to accommodate time for festival goers to enjoy all that the event has to offer. There will be hours of high energy performances on the main stage, over half a dozen DJ’s playing various music selections (Latin, Country, Hip Hop, Pop and Electronica) at the dance tent, hundreds of exhibitor tents, a beer and wine garden, a pirate themed Kids Club, interesting and educational workshops at our Rainbow Symposium and delicious food from local vendors.
“Over the last three years, we have learned a lot about putting on an event like this,” said Mike Izzo, Vice Chairman for OCEC and also this year’s OC Pride Co-Chair. “Visibility was something we wanted to improve upon from past years, and you can’t really get much more visible than being downtown in the middle of the streets of one of Orange County’s largest cities.”
This year’s event is being presented by OCEC (http://ocequality.com) and Velvet Lounge (http://www.velvetoc.com). Other sponsors include Barefoot Wine, Downtown, Inc., Planned Parenthood and Gay Neighbors, Families and Friends of Santa Ana, to name a few.
Updates for the event are being announced periodically online at http://www.prideoc.com. The event also has a Facebook page at http://facebook.com/orangecountypride.