LGBT Pride Festival and Week Returns to Jersey City

The 14th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 6 pm. This year’s festivities will take place on Grove Street in front of City Hall.

Lady Clover Honey will be the ‘Empress of Ceremonies.’ According to Hudson Pride’s website, Honey is “one of the most versatile, Drag Queen, Television and Comedy personalities…As an MC and hostess she adds both panache and humor to many notable events like the Fresh Fruit Festival and Original GLBT Expo at the Javitz Center in New York City.”

The entertainment lineup includes:  Lola (aka Dakini9), George Soul, and Danny Krivit. Lola’s DJ style is deep house, techno, and ambient interludes. George Soul, one of Jersey City’s original DJs, style includes: Latin, funk, soul, and house. Special Guest Danny Krivit, who is celebrating 43 years as a New York City DJ and has played at such venues as Tracks, Palladium, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, and The Loft, style includes house, soul and much more.

The 2014 Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival is being hosted by both Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride Productions. There will be vendors selling food, clothing, jewellery and more.

Admission to Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival event is free.

A week of LGBT-focused events has been planned to gear up for this year’s festival. Jersey City LGBT Pride Week started this past weekend with a special screening of Gen Silent as part of the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival and a Drag Brunch that had held at 9th & Coles Tavern.

Pride Week events includes:

Pride Comedy Show
Hosted by Rich Kiamco. Performances by Kara Buller, Tim Dillon, Alex English, Frank Liotti, Buttah Man, Sarah Maywalt, Tom Ragú, Emma Willmann.
Monday, Oct. 20, 8-9:15 pm (Free)
Pint, 34 Wayne St.

Take Over Tuesday Official Jersey City Pride Kick Off Party
Hosted by Dorian Bryant (aka Harmonica Sunbeam)
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 pm-1:45 am (Free)
Teak On The Hudson, 16 Hudson Pl, Hoboken

Ladies on the Mic
Hosted by Beth Achenbach. Performances by: Autumn City, Jessica Chaos of Plastiq Passion, Katherine Damigos, Dujuana Sharese & Ihuoma Tuesday of Spoken Sound, and Kit Vogelsang.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7-9 pm (Free)
Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St.

Panel Discussion on Equality
Panelist include: Andrea “Andy” Bowen, Executive Director Garden State Equality; Rev. Janyce Jackson Jones; Executive Director of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center; and Gary Paul Wright, Founder and Executive Director of the African American Office of Gay Concerns.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6-7 pm (Free)
Jersey City City Hall Chambers,  280 Grove St., 2nd Floor

The Cruising Monologues
Starring Jose Batista-Ayala, Dorian Bryant (aka Harmonica Sunbeam), John Cencio, Burgos, Jessie Diaz, Elba Luna, Terron Moore and Jason Torres.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 8-10 pm ($15 in advance/$20 at door)
The Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright St.

The Official Pre-Pride Festival Block Party
Performances by: Livinia Draper (aka Susan Companaro), Kimlee Hicks, Dionne Michael, and The Sometime Boys. Music by: Dj RightOnShawn and Dj Stephen Silvestri.
Friday, Oct. 24, 5-10 pm (Free)
9th & Coles Tavern, 174 Coles St.

While many of the Jersey City LGBT Pride Week activities are free, the events are accepting donations to support Hudson Pride Connections Center.

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Jim DeAngelis

is a former Web Editor for Jersey City Independent. He is a publishing and media professional with more than 20 years of experience. Jim is also the co-chair to Jersey City Writers -- a writers' collective in Jersey City.