The ninth annual Chesapeake Pride Festival will take place at picturesque Mayo Beach, right on the Chesapeake Bay on Aug. 2 from 12-6 p.m. rain or shine. Mayo Beach Park is located at 4150 Honeysuckle Dr., Edgewater, Md. It is the only annual Pride event held in Anne Arundel, St. Mary’s or Calvert counties.
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 the event. And for those who do not want too much sun, there are plenty of shaded areas to enjoy the day. Organizers are encouraging people to bring their kids to the festival as there is a playground in the park as well as the swimming opportunities.
“This year at Pride we’re mixing it up down on the beach with DJ Eric Patten, legendary Tracks D.C. DJ and host of ‘ElektrikCircuit Radio Show’ on ClubVibez Radio U.K. plus ElektrikCircuit Metro Radio D.C.,” Kim Hinken, chair of the Planning Committee told the Blade. “In the pavilion, Miss Stormy Vain has an incredible lineup in her fabulous drag show. This will be a great year to bring your family and friends out to the beach for some fun in the sun.”
Besides Stormy Vain, other entertainers include Mattie LaMar, Shawnna Alexander, Krystla Nova Blair, Marketta Buffet, Victoria Blair, Victoria Bohmore, Vegas Nova Buffet, and Mr. Capital Pride Carlton Stephens, among others.
Folks are free to bring beach blankets, chairs and umbrellas. Sunscreen is recommended. Park rules dictate that no bottles, cans, food or coolers are allowed outside your vehicle. No pets are permitted as well.
“We are anticipating another exciting festival this year,” said John Petrosillo, the festival’s publicity director. “There is so much to celebrate with the advances this year in marriage equality and other LGBT rights issues. We have improved our food options and will again be offering beer and wine for those over 21. Great vendors, music and a beach complete with swimming ensure something for everyone.”