City The Saving of Pride 2007
posted by March 3 at 11:45 AMon
Yesterday I spoke with Weston Sprigg, the spokesperson for Seattle Out and Proud (SOAP), who gave me the lowdown on the heartening new developments concerning Seattle’s 2007 Pride celebration.
As I mentioned a week ago, SOAP was facing a crisis over unpaid bills from last year’s revelatory Pride festivities at Seattle Center, placing the 2007 Pride festivities in jeopardy.
Now things are back on track, thanks primarily to Independent Event Solutions, the production company run by Marcus Charles (former owner of Neumo’s, current owner of Spitfire) and Dave Meinert (former owner of the Mirabeau Room and evergreen civic activist par excellence). IES has worked wonders with the Capitol Hill Block Party, and now they’ll turn their attentions to making Seattle Pride the civic extravaganza that Seattle queers and those who love them deserve.
“We have negotiated a contract with Seattle Center, and a commitment has been made,” says Sprigg. “Pride is happening June 24 at the Seattle Center, and we want to blow it out and give Seattle the best Pride they’ve ever seen. Seattle Pride should be inclusive, and having our straight allies in IES involved shows what Pride is really about—the whole city coming together to celebrate.”
More specifics as they become available. For now, a thousand hurrahs.