Welcome to part two of the IndyMojo preview of the week of festivities celebrating the Circle City Indy Pride Festival and Parade. These events featured vary from physical activities outside, to cultural experiences on Mass Ave, and a first-time Friday event that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. So strap in and get ready, this week is going to be chock full of adventures!
Rainbow 5K Run/Walk – Saturday, June 7
Talbott Street Dance Club
2145 N. Talbott Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
It can be easy when celebrating Indy Pride to go out and just have a good time, enjoy all the wild parties and activities. However, it is also important to remember the communities we are celebrating. The Rainbow Run achieves this by raising funds for the IndyPride Resource Center Fund and HIV education through the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. Last year 560 participants raised over $15,000 dollars, thats a 57% and 87% increase respectively. This year let’s see if we can do even better. You can register the day of the race at Talbott Street starting at 7 am, the runners start at 8:30 am with the walkers starting a few minutes later.
Community Picnic and Bat n’ Rouge Softball Game – Sunday, June 8
Garfield Park Corporate Shelter
2524 Conservatory Road, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Free food and drag queens playing softball? If you need anything else for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon I’m not sure where to find it. Be sure to be at the Garfield Park Corporate Shelter at noon on Sunday for a free picnic provided by Café Patachou. After the food head on over to the softball diamond for the 6th annual charity drag softball game between the Circle City Pride Softball League and the Indy Pride Bag Ladies.
Honda Music and Movie Night – Tuesday, June 10th
Lawn at the Firehouse Museum
790 Mass Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46204
Mass Ave will come alive with music and a classic movie on Tuesday. The Pride of Indy Concert Band and the Pride of Indy Jazz Ensemble will be performing a concert starting at 7 pm on the lawn next to the Firehouse Museum. This is their 9th anniversary concert as a featured event during Pride Week at it is sure to be a great show filled with some great summertime sounds. Following the concert at 9pm will be a screening of the classic Wizard of Oz, in honor of both the movies 75th anniversary and Judy Garland’s birthday on that day. Come ready for food as well because some of Indy’s great food trucks will be present for your culinary delights.
Diversity Night with the Indiana Fever – Wednesday June 11th
Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
125 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
No this is not a night all about an old old wooden ship, would that draw a very fun crowd? In an attempt to broaden the scope of Indy Pride’s events the Indiana Fever have joined forces for the first ever Indy Pride and IE Action Night with the Fever. The game starts at 7pm as the Fever take on the Seattle Storm, afterwards there will be a courtside chat with members of the team and community. Tickets are available at http://fevergroups.com/indypride. Come out and show your support for the partnership that helped take down HJR 3!
Pride Concert with Indianapolis Men’s Choir – Friday, June 13
Marian University Theatre
3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222
Video from Indiana Men’s Choir website.
In a break from tradition Indy Pride is pleased to announce a concert with the nationally renowned Indianapolis Men’s Choir on Friday night. Under the direction of Greg Sanders the IMC is sure to put on a powerful and playful performance to end the festivities leading up to the Festival and Parade the following day. For anyone that has never had the privilige of seeing an all male choir perform you are in for a treat. There is something amazing about large choir performances and the variety they are able to achieve. More info on the Indianapolis Men’s Choir is available at their website.