The third annual Ogden Pride has burst the seams of the Ogden Amphitheater on Historic 25th Street, and will now include the park to the west. It will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 from noon to 8 p.m. with the theme “Rise Together With PRIDE.
“The Ogden Pride Festival honors all families by bringing together the Northern Utah community to celebrate our shared bonds of love and commitment,” said Tim Sharp, Ogden Pride board president. “The annual Pride festivities are the result of many people coming together to support this community celebration.”
Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine headlines the entertainment this year. Valentine is an independent artist, crossing genres with music based in hope-folk, soul-pop, and poetic rock, and twice won Songwriter of the Year and this year won Best Song at the West Coast Songwriters competition. A documentary film was made of his journey, as he broke away from a conservative Baptist upbringing, reunited with his birth mother, came out as gay and discovered he has a unique talent for writing and performing music. 2017 marks his first international tour, with shows in England, Italy, France, Germany and Netherlands. He stops in Ogden as he travels back to California from Missouri.
Salt Lake City native Leo Cody will bring his smooth, defining pop music tone with a slight twang to the stage. His first professional performing job was singing at Lagoon and then from there he went on to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. He joined a cover band and went on tour through Asia and the Middle East and then headed back to Utah, deciding it was time to create his own stamp on music. He’s now busy working on songs for an upcoming EP.
What is any Pride without the Saliva Sisters? They take to the stage with parody songs about fiber, bidets, and bras. Gay-O!
Cheer Salt Lake will raise your heartbeat with their gymnastic cheerleading routines.
The Ogden-based Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah will bring their queens to dazzle you.
Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome Ziegfeld Theater, who brought 1930s Cabaret to Washington Boulevard and now has Peter and the Starcatcher on their stage, followed by Next to Normal in September and Guys and Dolls in October.
Pop-rock duo MiNX will play their sometimes campy, sometimes vaudevillian, but always fun and funky music to Ogden Pride. They will be looping from Salt Lake to Arizona, up the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle, and back through Boise this month alone.
Also entertaining will be Alter Egos, Jhael Quiroga, Juana Ghani, Karaoke DJ Kevan Floyd, Luke Allen, Orphans Cabaret, and Tribal Love Dancers.
Vendors and Exhibitors
Dozens of food vendors, nonprofit organizations and businesses will be on-hand all day at the event.
“The Ogden Pride Festival is getting bigger every year, and we are grateful to all of the people and organizations who participate and make it happen,” Sharp said.
Additional information about Ogden Pride can be found at ogdenpride.org or by calling 801-917-4588.