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By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

 
Oregon Coast Pride (formerly known as the Iris Pride Festival) kicks off Thursday, Sept. 6 with four days of fun for the entire family in Lincoln City.
 
But it’s not just the name that’s new — it’s the planning organization and the location. Previously put on in conjunction with the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau, the annual event is now in the hands of a newly formed nonprofit.
 
“We wanted to save Pride in Lincoln City, so we formed a nonprofit organization and began working on Oregon Coast Pride,” says Rebecca Barnhardt, Oregon Coast Pride Board Member, in a release. “We are excited that so many people from the LGBT community have stepped up to help out our cause. Forming a venue where people can connect, educate themselves, be proud of who they are and celebrate their diversity is our main focus.”
 
For the first time, Oregon Coast Pride will be held indoors at Chinook Winds Casino. Organizers say the change of venue is attracting a lot of interest.
 
“Every time we’re anywhere, in Portland, Salem, anywhere outside of Lincoln City, we tell them it’s at Chinook Winds Casino and they say ‘What?!’” Oregon Coast Pride Board Member Brian Bardfield-Pick says in a release. “They whip out their phones, check out our website and start sending messages on Facebook to all their friends.”
 
And Chinook Winds is happy to be hosting the Pride events. Marketing Director Eric Smileuske says in a release that the celebration is “an important event that will draw visitors to the Lincoln City area.”
 
Even before the events begin, that strategy appears to be working.
 
“The entertainers are so excited it’s at a casino; we have them offering to fly in and help on their dime,” says board member David Pick in a release.
 
Chinook Winds has sweetened the pot for attendees as well. Every adult that pays the $5 admission will receive $5 in free slot play (those under 21 get in for $3, unless accompanied by an adult). Proceeds from the event will benefit the OCP Fund, Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, and other local charities.
 
The casino will serve as home base for most of the Pride events, with the exception of Thursday’s Drag-U-Licious show and Saturday’s Dykes on Bikes breakfast, both of which take place at BK Mulligan’s.
 
Check out the full schedule of events below (via Oregon Coast Pride).
 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012

DRAG-U-LICIOUS

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7pm (door 6pm) at BK Mulligan’s 266 SE. Hwy 101, Lincoln City

You don’t want to miss this returning event. Come see contestants get transformed into Drag Divas in this special Drag U style show. In this American reality television style show, everyday people compete in a series of challenges to unleash their inner diva. Drag U-licious is an official Oregon Coast Pride event showcasing local & visiting Drag performers. The event will be hosted at BK Mulligans Sports Bar 266 SE. Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. Proceeds will go to support local charities. There is a $5 entry donation for this event. Ask about event drink and food specials. Limited seating available for minors until 10pm.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2012

THE BIG GAY VARIETY SHOW 

Friday, Sept. 7, 7pm (door 6pm) at Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City

This night will feature our emcees, the fabulous Bruce T.D. King (Jennifer Lanier) named one of America’s funniest lesbians, according to Curve Magazine & The Lovely Dustina (Princess XXXVI of the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Raintree Empire). Bruce T.D. King & The Lovely Dustina will host this variety style show which will include, stand up comedian Belinda Carroll, Burlesque, Acoustic MindsFlex Dance Groupof Santa Cruz, CA, drag numbers and sketch comedy. You don’t want to miss this action packed, thought provoking show. There is a $10 entry fee for this event.  All attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day). Food and drinks will be available during the show and seats are limited, so show up early to get the best seats.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2012

DYKES ON BIKES AND ALLIES BREAKFAST & PRIDE RIDE

Saturday, Sept. 8, 9am ride at 11am at:

BK Mulligan’s 266 SE. Hwy 101, Lincoln City

Join us for breakfast specials and ride event. Breakfast will be served from 9am-11am with a ride through town at 11am. Dress up or decorate in Pride colors as we make our way to Chinook Winds Casino where the main Pride event will be taking place. There will be designated bike parking reserved for the group.

EVENT INCLUDING VENDORS, FOOD, BEER, WINE & COCKTAIL GARDEN WITH ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10am – 6pm at:

Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City

Emcees Bruce T.D. King (Jennifer Lanier) & The Lovely Dustina will host this fabulous Pride weekend. Included in this year’s event will be amazingly fun entertainment, music, dancing, food, wine, beer garden and cocktail, games & prizes, drag shows, vendors and kids activities. National Recording artist No Angel will be performing during this event….click here for more details. There is a $5 entry for adults (unaccompanied minors $3, minors accompanied by an adult are free) for this event.  All adult attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day)

HEADLINING ENTERTAINER LISA KOCH Comedian/Singer                       

Hearing Seattle’s Lisa Koch is one of life’s wickedest pleasures…”  —  Curve Magazine                                  

Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 pm (Door 6pm) 

Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City                                                                                        Comedy and music show with dance party directly following the show. This is a 21 or over event only. There is a $10 entry for this event.  All attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day). Food and alcohol vendors will be open during the show. Please click here for more information…

INFERNO DANCE PARTY COMES TO THE COAST Featuring DJ WILDFIRE (Open to Women & Men) directly after Lisa Koch

Saturday, Sept. 8, 8pm - midnight at:

Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City

DJ Wildfire will be live spinning the music that will make you move. This party will be a blast for all. The lights and sound will amaze you. Dance the night away with your friends. Featuring the Flex Dance Group of Santa Cruz. This is a 21 or over event only. There is a $15 entry for this event.  All attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day) Food and alcohol vendors will be open for your convenience. Click here for more info about Inferno Dance Parties….

 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012

COSMIC FLAMINGO BINGO

Sunday, Sept. 9, 10am – noon at:

Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City 

Back by popular demand, Cosmic Flamingo Bingo will be better than ever. This bingo game will be packed with music and lights. Not your grandma’s Bingo. There will be big prizes to give away like; Hotel packages, golf packages, restaurant certificates and much, much more…. Don’t miss our “Bloody Mary Bar”. Initial Bingo package is $10 each, additional bingo game pack is $5.  All adult attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day) Food and alcohol vendors will be open for your convenience.

EVENT INCLUDING VENDORS, FOOD, BEER, WINE & COCKTAIL GARDEN WITH ENTERTAINMENT

Sunday, Sept. 9, 10am – 4pm at:

Chinook Winds Casino (Upper Convention Floor), Lincoln City

Bruce T.D. King (Jennifer Lanier) & The Lovely Dustina will be the hosts for this fabulous Pride Weekend. Included in the event will be amazingly fun entertainment, music,dancing, food, wine, beer and cocktail garden, games & prizes, drag shows, vendors and kids activities. Rolla has been performing throughout the East Cost and the South and will be performing her music Sunday afternoon…click here to see more. There is a $5 entry for adults (unaccompanied minors $3, minors accompanied by an adult are free) for this event. All adult attendees will receive $5 in slot play. (One certificate per day)

ALSO MAKING SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES:

NO ANGEL

ACOUSTIC MINDS

ROLLA

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

KIDS ACTIVITIES (EVENT SPECIAL)