We've reserved a workroom at the Presbyterian Church for two Tuesdays (the first and the third..) each month to work on creating some wonderful, flashy, splashy, funny and spectacular trophies to give as prizes in a VAST variety of categories to float participants this year.
How many months it takes depends on how many people show up, what materials we have on hand, and the energy we have on these cold winter nights...(yes, spring is only about a month away).
The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd. We'll be there from 6 until 8. A lot of magic can happen in two hours! I have several boxes of materials, fabrics, Barbies, Kens, broken jewelry, toy trucks, and lots of trims.
If you have anything weird and wonderful that would look great as a trophy, please bring it along!
AND - if you can please bring HOT GLUE GUNS AND GLUE STICKS (I have a few, but each person may need one to hot glue what we can't tie down. Hot glue, along with duck tape (or duct tape, whatever), should be a staple in your survival tool box (right next to the gas mask and beef jerky)
Please bring some water, juice, or other snacks, too. We'll bring a few simple treats, but we don't want anyone to pass out from hunger or dehydration.
RSVP so we know how many to prepare for on the first night. There should be parking available in the municipal lot next door to the church.
Come with ideas and enthusiasm - as we create some magnificent masterpieces for "Loud and Proud"!!
#It's a cold, wintry January morning, and we're dreaming of June! The 3rd weekend in June, to be exact. June 19 - 21 will be Hudson Pride's 6th annual pride weekend, and the planning has already started.
This year's theme: LOUD and PROUD! It's going to be the loudest and proudest celebration of love and diversity that this little upstate town has ever seen, and we want YOU to be a part of it. Lots to do lots to do, lots to do. Get involved, be a part of it, lend a hand, give a dollar. It's good for the soul and we can't do it without you.
The next parade planning meeting is Thursday, February 12 @ 6:30pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce bldg. on North Front Street in Hudson.
By Adam Clayton Columbia-Greene Media | Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:30 am
Cruises kick off Pride Weekend
The Sunset Cruise, the first boat cruise to kick off the fifth Hudson Pride Weekend, sets sail Friday from the boat launch at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park
Rainbow flags adorning city shops and residences, and a boat cruise sailing away amid a cacophony of disco music can only mean one thing: Pride Weekend 2014 has officially begun in Hudson.
“There was just so much work, especially this week. It’s hard to believe the weekend is finally here,” said Tiffany Martin Hamilton, a member of the Hudson Pride Foundation, the organization that puts together Pride Weekend. “We finally get to start enjoying the weekend,” Hamilton said as she boarded the first cruise ship Friday evening.
Holly Northrop, vice president of the foundation; Rich Volo, its president; and Martha Harvey, the foundation’s executive director were on hand at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park’s boat launch to check in cruise guests.
The line of guests was a sea of glitter and high heels.
“We sold out of tickets for both cruises,” Harvey said. “The first few years, we sold out entirely, as well, but the last two years we used bigger boats. It’s a trade-off: With a bigger boat if we don’t get enough passengers, we may not recoup the money we put out for the boat, whereas using a smaller boat, like this year, we have to turn people away when we sell-out tickets.”
Tiffany Garriga, Alderwoman D-2nd Ward, was one of a few residents hoping there would be no-shows and tickets might be available. She and others were out of luck, however, as all of the registered guests showed up for the cruise.
The Sunset Cruise, which Harvey said is half dance party, half boat trip with a “flowing cash bar,” took off at 7 p.m. and was slated to dock back at the boat launch at 9 p.m. It was sponsored by Clinton Vineyards and featured a performance by Keira McGill with music by DJ Retts.
Food on the Sunset Cruise was provided by the Paul & Clara Kellner Cafe at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
The Moonlit Cruise: Bears Overboard followed the first cruise Friday night and was slated to run from 9 to 11 p.m.
The Moonlit Cruise was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bears and Bear Albany and featured a performance by Beardonna and music by DJs Prephab. Food for the second cruise was provided by Park Falafel.
After the second cruise, Volo’s drag queen alter-ego Trixie Starr was set to host a party, Trixie’s Whorehouse, at the Half Moon bar on Front Street.
“All this fun is just a precursor, of course, to the parade on Saturday,” Harvey said.
The parade will line up Saturday starting at noon on Seventh Street between Warren and Washington streets, and around the four sides of Seventh Street Park. The parade will step off at 2 p.m., following Warren Street to Front Street, and turning left to Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
The parade, currently in its fifth year, is expected to have more than 50 floats and more than 500 volunteers working to make it happen.
This is one of my favorites from the 2012 Hudson Pride. Rich Volo aka Trixie Starr with the fabulous Penny Larceny kicking off pride weekend on the sunset cruise.
Penny Larceny; she'll cut a bitch
If you haven't purchased your boat cruise tickets for THIS year yet, then what, my dear, are you waiting for??! The sunset cruise is SOLD-OUT, but, there are still tickets available (not many) for the moonlight cruise, 9-11pm. Buy your tickets now online at www.hudsonpride.com or you can roll the dice & chance that there will still be tickets on Friday night. The dance party at Half Moon will just be getting started when you get back to dry land!
Check out the Register Star article about the Hudson Pride Parade! We are but a week away from this much-anticipated extravaganza, and one thing is for sure, THERE WILL BE GLITTER! ... and sparkle and sunshine (this was ordered months ago. I have an email confirmation..) and love and laughter and PRIDE!