July 24, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Chesapeake Pride set for Aug. 3
Chesapeake Pride, Edgewater, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

A mass wedding is among activities planned for the annual Chesapeake Pride Festival next month. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

The annual Chesapeake Pride Festival will take place at picturesque Mayo Beach on the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater on Aug. 3 from 12-6 p.m. rain or shine.

Swimming in the bay, the beach, stage acts, drag shows, vendors from a variety of LGBT-friendly companies and organizations, food, beverages, including beer and wine are all part of a the event. And for those who do not want too much sun, there are plenty of shaded areas to enjoy the day.

“Chesapeake Pride joins other fair-minded citizens across the U.S. in celebrating a year of great advances in LGBT rights,” said John Petrosillo, the event’s PR chair. “… With the advent of marriage equality in Maryland, we are excited to offer couples the opportunity to get married at Chesapeake Pride.”

For more than a decade, Chesapeake Pride has offered a “Blessing of Relationships” as part of the festival. Because of same-sex marriage being legal in Maryland, Rev. Dr. Wayne Schwandt, founder of the Chesapeake Pride Festival and pastor of Evolve Chesapeake, will preside at a group wedding at the festival.

If you would like to be a part of this event, please contact him at 410-353-5534. For information about applying for a marriage license visit clerkannearundel.org/license-department/marriage-licenses. Because of the 48-hour waiting period, couples would need to apply for the license no later than Wednesday, July 31 and register with Schwandt to be included.

Park rules dictate that no bottles, cans, food or coolers are allowed outside your vehicle. Visit chesapeakepridefestival.org or facebook.com/chesapeakepride for more information.

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