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When most people think of Pride Celebrations, they think of June, the International Month for Pride and the anniversary of Stonewall that began the movement over 50 years ago.
Due to hot weather in June, Las Cruces celebrates Pride in the fall. Pride on the Plaza Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1 begins at 4:30 p.m. with a Pride March around downtown ending at the Plaza De Las Cruces, with more than 50 vendors and organizations, food trucks, spirits (for individuals 21+) and a full evening of entertainment including Christopher Mack, Zeeta Shearill, Karlos Saucedo, Singing Out Las Cruces, DJ Rob Edwards, and the Pride Drag Show with our hosts Jack Lutz and Ivonna Bump.
Pride on the Plaza is all inclusive and all ages, with activities provided by the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation, NMSU Astronomy Department, Branigan Library and FYI+ La Vida Project, to name a few.
“We would like to invite everyone to Pride on the Plaza; the Las Cruces community as well as our neighbors in El Paso, Deming, T or C, Alamogordo and everywhere in Southern New Mexico,” announced Robert Williams, Chair of Southern New Mexico Pride.
Leading up to the Oct. 1 Pride Celebration there will be a week of Pride-themed events beginning on Saturday, Sept. 24 with the Drag Queen Alfresco Pride Kickoff at Salud de Mesilla. Other events are as follows:
9/25: Pride in the Park at Preciado Park,
9/26: Trivia GAYme Night at RAD Retrocade,
9/27: Drag Loteria at Vintage Wines,
9/28: Rainbow Drinks Happy Hour at Salud de Mesilla,
9/29: Karaoke Night at Little Toad Brewery,
9/30: Pride Movie Night at the Rio Grande Theatre
10/2: a Pride Brunch and Happy Hour at Salud de Mesilla and Vintage Wines, respectively.
For more information about participating in Pride on the Plaza, the Pride March, or any of these events, visit us at snmpride.org or follow SNM Pride on Facebook.