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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pride Parade: The Rat City Rollergirls’ Dilemma

posted by on April 24 at 15:56 PM

Dear Dan:

In the planning stages for our 2007 roller derby season, the Rat City Rollergirls were excited to learn that Key Arena was available the day of the Seattle Pride Parade. We immediately placed a hold, and set about trying to partner with the organizers of Pride to be a part of the post-parade Seattle Center events and entertainment. The result of our joint planning was “The Big, Gay Bout at Seattle Pride,” which was to be be held in Key Arena late Sunday afternoon on June 24 after Pride-goers were sun-crisped, pleasantly drunk and looking for a seat and a spot of air conditioning before heading to the all-out, into-the-night dance party in the fountain.

Several weeks ago we both announced this partnership (SOaP in a press release, us on our Web site). The Rat City Rollergirls were to assume all costs for playing in Key Arena, and were happy to offer a discount, day-of ticket to the masses (normally $20-25) for $10 in order to make the event available and affordable to as many Pride-goers as possible. Also, on top of our original plan to donate 10 percent of the “Big, Gay Bout” profits to Lambert House, we were also looking to donate $1 from every ticket sold back to Seattle Pride to help the organization with its costs, past and present. We were just excited to be a part of it all!

Like many, we were surprised and saddened by news of the change in Pride plans, though we certainly understand SOaP’s position. Our league’s support for the principles and ideas behind the annual event rise above scheduling details or business partnerships—no matter when and where it is, we’d really like to participate.

However, we are now a bit worried about not only playing in a venue more than five times the size of our normal Magnuson Park Hangar with no larger celebration going on outside at Seattle Center, but also that if Pride events are held elsewhere that day, we may suddenly be competing with the very events we had hoped to be a central part of.

I write to you because it seems that The Stranger’s Slog has become a town hall, real-time discussion of what’s next for Pride. Obviously the decision ultimately rests with those who are willing to do the heavy lifting to organize and plan Pride, but after reading what you and others have had to say, we wanted you to know of our Pride plans, and that we still somehow want to help and be a part of it.

If the parade remains downtown, even if there is no formal mass gathering at Seattle Center, we may consider keeping our event at Key Arena in the hopes that it would provide a fun place for people to assemble and celebrate. If the parade moves to Capitol Hill, we will likely need to seek an alternate venue. No matter where we (or Pride) end up, the beneficiary, theme and spirit of our June roller derby bout will remain the same—wherever it is, it will benefit Lambert House, it will be sometime during Pride weekend, and it will undoubtedly be as big and gay and fabulous as we can possibly make it.


Jennifer Warnick
aka Shovey Chase
Media, marketing and PR manager
Rat City Rollergirls

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Fuck the parade, let's just all go to The Big, Gay Bout!

Posted by Carollani | April 24, 2007 4:04 PM

This is disappointing news. I was really looking forward to seeing them at Key Arena because, since they are flat track racers, I thought the view might be better. I still plan on going, but I'm still disappointed.

Posted by elswinger | April 24, 2007 4:08 PM

I should add that if the parade does move to Capitol Hill and we end up having our bout somewhere other than Key Arena, we would still gladly march (er, roll) down Broadway.

This is obviously not about roller derby. We just wanted to extend our offer to help and/or participate however we can.

Posted by Shovey Chase | April 24, 2007 4:14 PM

screw pride. screw it! pride is for special olympians. let's celebrate gay RAGE, have a nice riot instead... burn seattle center to the ground!

Posted by adrian! | April 24, 2007 4:21 PM

adrian!: Sign me up!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | April 24, 2007 4:23 PM

Capitol idea, Adrian!

Posted by monkey | April 24, 2007 4:30 PM

@4 - you mean the Fun Forest, right?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 24, 2007 5:27 PM

I tried to go to Rat City Rollergirls a few weeks back and it was totally sold out! Has anyone else had this problem? Fuck the Sonics, with a little promotion, RCR can be Seattle’s number one sport. Fill that key arena, Seattle loves you!

I’d be happy get all my friends, party down the street with Pride, watch some great roller derby, then head to the all-out, into-the-night dance party in the fountain. Sounds like the fuckin time of my life!!!

Posted by Gabe Global | April 25, 2007 12:56 AM

Every time I've tried to go it has been sold out. With them playing the Key Arena, my friends and I thought there would be a good chance to get tickets (there would be 12 of us).

Posted by elswinger | April 25, 2007 6:55 AM

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