Rouge Pride Fest
June 15, 2013
Noon until 6
Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium,
Street (downtown), Baton Rouge
Schedule at a Glance
Noon until 6 p.m.
by Daphne MuShatt,
Michigan Avenue, Krewe of Divas, New Orleans Gay Men's
Chorus, Pocket Aces, Josh Duffy, Sigma Phi Kappa Fraternity, special guests Austin Babtist Women,...
until 6 p.m.
community groups and businesses
Blessing of Relationships, 3 p.m.
Plus Much More, All Afternoon
food, fun, door prizes, children's play area, cash bar, HIV testing,…and
the Equality March
Make It All Possible:
Guest Performers from Splash
Sigma Phi Kappa Fraternity
Krewe of Divas
Gay Men’s Chorus
Krewe of Divas (Part 2)
Blessing of Relationships
Recognition of Grand Marshals
Announcements / Door Prizes
Austin Babtist Women
Announcements / Door Prizes
Thanks / Final
(Equality March Begins)
Children's Play Area
About the Entertainers
has been favorite at Pride Fest for
several years and was last year's honorary grand marshal.
In addition to being a regional favorite for years, she naturally was
a big hit at the past three year's Baton Rouge Pride Fests, so
we're pleased to have her return this year.
Preparing a special engagement just for us, you know you
don't want to miss it!
entertainer since 1978, Daphne MuShatt has a style all
her own and has literally performed around the world.
Popular as part of the highly successful duo known as
the "BORN DIVAS," she got reviews like, "On stage, the trio [keyboard player included] is
dominated by the most impressive personage of Miss
Daphne MuShatt, a six foot, stunningly good-looking
black woman possessed of a superstructure which makes
Dolly Parton look like an adolescent boy
.......especially equipped for it, [she] bumps, grinds
and jiggles to the obvious, noisy delight of their
fans." She can "croon a ballad, sock a rock number and
ladle out a standard with the sweetness of Log Cabin
poured reeeeal slow."
That style was no less when she continued performing
locally with her groups, “SHE The Band,” "N-2N"
and then "Grown Ass Women," who were here with her the
past couple of Pride Fests (and are pictured above).
Known throughout the
country for their efforts to raise money for AIDS, she
and her groups have raised hundreds of thousands of
dollars for the care of persons affected by AIDS and for
other people in need. But no matter why they're
singing, you're sure to be entertained!
is returning to this year's Baton Rouge Pride Fest
and certainly is
not new to the community. The trio has developed quite a
following as they've performed at various events around
With Lindsey Brou on lead vocals, Susan Doherty on
guitar and Amberlee Roaden as the "percussion lady," the
acoustic cover band formed once upon a time after
Doherty and Brou discovered they had the same birthday.
Ever since then, they have been making joyous music
together. A few months later they scooped up Roaden and
created Michigan Avenue.
Known to perform "pretty much anything," you can find
them doing classic rock, '80s, '90s, top 40, country,
rap.... Truly pretty much anything.
in 1986, the Austin Babtist Women have become an
incredibly entertaining, and highly-respected,
charitable force. The all-male, all-volunteer comedy
troupe performs throughout the nation and exists for the
sole purpose of raising money for HIV/AIDS, breast
cancer and other charitable causes.
This group of talented men take on the persona’s of
little old church ladies and stage elaborately
choreographed, side-splitting routines. In the past
years, their antics have helped to raise more than $6
million for charities throughout the United States.
Austin Babtist Women have been honored with many awards
over the years including the 2000 Human Rights
Campaign’s Service and Leadership Award, The City of
Austin’s 2002 Philanthropic Organization of the Year, a
Day of Honor from the city of New Orleans and Resolution
#886 from the Texas House of Representatives. They have
twice won the coveted Gay Appreciation Awards’
Entertainer of the Year, been honored by the
International Court System and have proudly served as
Grand Marshall of the Austin Pride Parade and the Texas
Gay Rodeo. To learn more about them, visit
They're funny, and they're fun. You don't want to
prides itself on giving young performers a venue
to show off their talents, as well as supporting the
community at large.
Led by fearless and awesome Chica LaRouge, the group performs all
across the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, as well as
around Louisiana. Known for their sometimes flamboyant
style and campy humor, the group has been popular with
Pride Fest audiences the past four years, and surveys
after the event indicate people just can't get enough of
Also avid supporters of unity in the community,
members of the Divas have been instrumental in helping
to plan Pride Fest for several years, in helping with
publicity and in working diligently to put on this
annual celebration. They also produce their own Pride
Ball each year in addition to helping with the Baton
Rouge Pride Fest.
Aces Brass Band: If you didn't catch Pocket
Aces Brass Band
at last year's pride, you missed out on a treat. The
members of Pocket Aces say they are more than a group of
musicians who perform together because they are a family
who plays for each other and the city they love, New
by two childhood friends who shared a passion for music
in middle and high school, Jimmie Reamey and Geoffrey
Guillot reconnected later in life with former band
members and recruited a few new dedicated musicians who
shared their vision of honoring New Orleans brass bands
by offering something new to a city known for its music.
Definitely not stuck in any one musical genre, however,
they play everything from jazz, hip hop, rap, rock and
rhythm and blues to basically any music that moves your
feet and fills your soul.
Now starting their third year of performing, you can
catch the Aces in New Orleans or around the Gulf Coast
weekly at festivals, clubs, second lines and bars,
feeding off of each other's energy as much as the
crowds. They take the responsibility of representing the
city seriously and promise to reflect all the good of
our New Orleans culture and distinctive music they grew
up on, saying they are hopefully taking it to the next
level and inspiring future musicians to keep playing and
striving for more. Currently adding original songs like
"In My City" to their arsenal and wrapping up their
first album, this is only the beginning for the Aces...
Orleans Gay Men's Chorus
will be heading into their annual summer concert,
"Tunes from 'TOONS," June 21 in New Orleans and June 22 in Baton Rouge,
but they're going to make a preview appearance for us at
Rouge Pride Fest.
Taking its inspiration from the Windy City Gay Men's
Chorus of Chicago, the New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus was
formed in 1982. Throughout its history, the chorus has
been a strong supporter of the gay and lesbian
community. In addition, it also serves as a model of gay
pride to the straight world.
The award-winning group boasts a long record of
commissioning new works and performing with local
celebrities, and they've been recognized with Gay
Appreciation Awards Performing Arts Award for four years
in a row. Most of all, their performances are just a lot
is about to debut a new single "Our Love" and is giving
us a sneak peak at it before everyone gets to hear it.
New Orleans-based pop/rock artist received nationwide acclaim
with his CD
Artificial and that put
him on the map as a leading GLBT singer-songwriter.
Voted as the No. 1 GLBT artist for three consecutive
months on OutVoice.net, Josh is one of the few indie
artists to have had multiple Top 20 hits on Sirius
OutQ's countdown. His appearances at several major
festivals across the United States, including here in
Baton Rouge a couple of years ago, have helped to
establish a devoted fan base that's not limited by age
or sexual orientation.
Phi Kappa Fraternity
will be joining us for the first time this year.
Sigma Phi Kappa Fraternity Inc. was founded in Baton
Rouge on Jan. 25, 2010, by seven individuals: Andre´
Davis (N.B.A), Devyn Sanford (D'lirious), George
Fontenot (LaKween), Donnell Williams (Vendetta), Kenon
Babineaux (Such-A-Doll), Jacolby Newcoste (Noir
Pleasure) and Walter Campbell (Extasy). Their sole
purpose was to empower young gay males to express
themselves through community service, brotherhood and
self-respect while adding style and technique to the
original Greek form of strutting. The brothers of Sigma
Phi Kappa Fraternity Inc. are on a mission to provide
strong leadership skills while working to improve
equality for gays and advance their gay community. Sigma
Phi Kappa Inc. hopes to continue to progress through the
years, building brotherhood with every chapter it
courtesy of Splash, will be Aubrey Synclaire,
Miss Splash America 2013, and Alexis Lawrence, Miss Gay Baton
Rouge 2013. They'll be helping us to kick off the day with
performances that are sure to jump start the day of
Other Group's Pride
That May Interest
Saturday, June 15, 6
p.m.-8 p.m., Downtown Baton Rouge/State Capitol
Krewe of Divas Pride
Friday, June 14, 8 p.m., Splash
Sunday, June 15, 11 a.m., MCC of
Baton Rouge (7747 Tom Drive)
"Sons of Tennessee
Sunday, June 15, 1 p.m.,
Freedom Center/MCCBR (7747 Tom Drive)
Pride 1 Gay Games
Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m., Highland Road Community Park
Plus a full week of additional activities coordinated by Pride 1
Ladies in Red for Pride
(benefitting Krewe of Apollo AIDS Crisis Fund)
Thursday, June 20, 10 p.m.(ish), Splash Nightclub (Highland
New Orleans Gay
Men's Chorus Summer Concert
Saturday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.,
Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge (Goodwood Boulevard)
Pride 1 Awards
Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m., Splash Nightclub (Highland Road)
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The Belle of Baton
Rouge Atrium is located in
downtown Baton Rouge adjacent to the Belle of Baton Rouge
Casino (and between the Baton Rouge River Center and the
I-10 approach to the Mississippi River bridge).
Plenty of free parking
is offered in the Belle's garages and surrounding public
parking lots (under the bridge). Paid parking also is
available in the area (beside George's). We recommend using
the free parking in the Belle garage located on the south
end of the hotel complex (between Europe and South on River
Road - behind the 13th Gate building).
Pride Fest will occupy the south end of the Belle of Baton Rouge
Atrium (the end closest to the I-10 bridge). You won't be
able to miss us no matter how you enter the Atrium.
Major events coordinated by the Baton Rouge
Pride Fest Team, including representatives of Metropolitan Community Church of
Baton Rouge, the Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge, HAART,
Krewe of Divas, Capital City Alliance, Spectrum at LSU and
other individuals and organizations. To volunteer, find
out how your group can be involved, or help to sponsor these events,
our Sponsor and Resource Fair pages or