Pride Community Center of North Central Florida is proud to sponsor the

Pride Days 2011

Pride Will Set You Free!

Be sure to mark your calendar Saturday, Oct. 22 for the annual Pride Festival at Gainesville's downtown Community Plaza. The festival will have dozens of local musical acts and vendors lining the plaza from 2 to 9 PM. A Kids' Space will be available and more food vendors are expected this year. The event is free and open to the public. Before the Festival check out the 10th Annual Pride Parade which steps off at 1 PM at 7th Street and West University Avenue and proceeds down University Avenue to the Downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza.

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Pride Days Events:

October 14th:

Awards Dinner & Auction - The Annual Community Awards Dinner & Silent Auction will officially kick off the Pride Days festivities on Friday, October 14th, at 6:00 pm at the Sweetwater Branch Inn, 625 E University Ave, in Gainesville. Keynote Speaker: Benétta Standly, Director, Northeast Region, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida! Tickets are $45 & may be purchased at the Pride Community Center or at Wild Iris Books. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to find out who will be recognized as the 2011 Woman, Man, Community Person, & Business of the Year!

October 16th:

Pride Church Service at Trinity MCC - In honor of Pride, Trinity MCC will host "Community and Friends Sunday," a service for the entire community on Sunday, October 16th from 10:15 to 11:30. Trinity MCC is located at 11604 SW Archer Rd in Gainesville.

"Songs of Courage" - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th Street. Sunday Oct 16th at11:00 a.m. Special music service for Pride Week, featuring choirs and soloists.

Fun & Games at Pride Picnic - PCCNCF sponsors a Pride Picnic on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 3:00pm at Westside Park. This community event celebrates our diversity and unity. Lunch & beverages will be available for a small donation. People may also bring picnic baskets and join us for fun and games. We will offer some organized games such as frisbee, horseshoes, and volleyball.

October 20th:

HRCNCF Film Screening - Human Rights Council of North Central Florida hosts a special screening of "Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History". Followed by a special video short produced by local UF students: "Making It Better, Love UF". 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. At the Pride Center, 3131 NW 13th St.; free and open to the public.

October 21st:

Special Film Presentation at the HIPP - “Circumstance” Opening at the Hipp Cinema, Friday, Oct 21st. See website for ticket times and prices. A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman's most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets. The Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz's debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit parties where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.

October 22nd:

Join or Watch the Pride Parade - Preceding the Festival is the Annual Pride Parade which steps off at 1:00pm at 7th Street and West University Avenue and proceeds down University Avenue to the downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The Pride Parade is co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs.

Celebrate Your PRIDE at the Festival - Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 22nd for the annual Pride Festival at Gainesville’s downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The Festival, which is co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs, will have dozens of local musical acts and vendors lining the plaza from 2 to 9pm. A “Kids Space” will also be available. The event is free and open to the public.

PRIDE Author Event - During the PRIDE festival on October 22nd, Friends of Wild Iris will be hosting multiple authors at an appearance and book signing at the festival. The authors will be on-hand to sign and sell books, take photos, and meet with the general public.

October 23rd:

Pride Garden Party - Close out your Gainesville Pride Days at a Garden Party with lots of food and happy hour prices until 8:00pm! Spikes hosts this community event on Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30-10 pm, so come out and relax at Spikes Pride Garden Party at 4130 NW 6th Street in Gainesville. For more info, call 352-376-3772.

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Want to help out?

If you'd like more information on how you can help or be a part of Pride Days 2011, we always welcome volunteers.

Pride Days events include the Pride Parade, the Pride Picnic, and the Awards Dinner.

We also have some commemorative T-shirts for Pride 2011 available.

If anyone would like to donate pictures taken at previous Pride events or pictures to be taken at this year's events, we would love to post them. Please send pictures to