June 28, 2014
Noon until 6
Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium,
Street (downtown), Baton Rouge
Schedule at a Glance
Noon until 6 p.m.
Babtist Women, Daphne MuShatt and The
Shiz, Krewe of Divas, Michael Foster Project, Princess Kutt, Shawn Thomas ....
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,…all
the Equality March
Make It All Possible:
Daphne MuShatt and
Krewe of Divas
"Oldest" and "Newest" Relationships
Announcements / Closing / Instructions for Equality
About the Entertainers
Babtist Women: Created
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. If you missed them
last year, you definitely don't want to miss them this
has been favorite at Pride Fest for several years and
was our honorary grand marshal in 2012, so we're please
to have her return again this year with a new band: The
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 and regionally with her groups, “SHE The Band,” "N-2N"
and then "Grown Ass Women."
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 she's
singing, you're sure to be entertained by Daphne!
of Divas 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 -- and audiences everywhere -- for
many years. Our "intel" shows 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.
Michael Foster Project
is a multi-genre group that can
be seen regularly performing its funky groove of brass jazz
in and around south Louisiana.
leader, Michael Foster, started playing music at a young age
and later attended Southern University, where he was a
member of Southern’s marching band, the "Human Jukebox.”
Foster's bandmates, many of them also music teachers and
band directors, got together at Southern – and the band
initially included Frank Williams on trombone and keyboards,
as well as sharing composing and arranging duties with
Foster; tenor saxophonist Kier Johnson; altoist Fred
Jackson; Wendell Tilford playing trumpet; and Ronald Moss on
drums and percussion. Over time, the Michael Foster Project
has had a plethora of talent to perform with, including
Maurice Brown, Simon Lott, Chris Lee, Quamon Fowler and many
others. The core group now consists of Michael Foster, John
Gray, Chris Lee, Chancelier 'Xero' Skidmore, Terrance Taplin,
Rod Jackson, CJ Trusclair and David Harris.
The Michael Foster Project
recorded its debut release “Kick Some Brass” on the Rampart
Record Label and was voted "Best New Brass Band or
Performer" after the release by OFFBEAT Magazine's "Best of
the Beat" awards. In addition, one of the tracks recorded
("Chicken Grease") was included on WWOZ's "Sounds of New
Orleans" compilation CD #13 in the Spring of 2000. The
response to their debut release would also trigger
innumerable comparisons to the Dirty Dozen.
Michael Foster’s work with
his group also has earned him recognition by the Arts
Council of Greater Baton Rouge as their Arts Ambassador. He
has gone into school systems around the South talking to
young students about the importance and traditions of jazz
music, as well as inspiring them to practice and keep the
"Princess Kutt" Butler
made her music debut in 2005 with trio group Undisputed.
Later on, she branched out as a solo artist.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, and raised in New Orleans,
since her debut as a solo artist, she has been working to
make her mark as a diverse femcee and let Baton Rouge know
female rap artists still exist. Working hand in hand with a
lot of up-and-coming artists, Princess Kutt has made a name
for herself and also has formed her own entertainment
company known as Princess Kutt Entertainment.
With more than a hundred shows and some 200 songs under her
belt, Princess Kutt has shown she's here to stay.
is a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter and worship
leader whose ministry includes an outreach to the GLBT
community. He also is the owner/operator of "Shawn Thomas
Studios" in West Palm Beach, Florida, providing audio
recording, production and mastering services to independent
artists, songwriters, and bands and is a member of the
Grammy™ Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences.
the past decade, Thomas has received critical recognition
awards and nominations from OutMusic, The Stonewall Society
Pride in the Arts, RightOutTV and QNation. In addition, his
service to the community also has been acknowledged by The
Reformed Catholic Church of the United States, The State of
Arkansas Ambassador of Good Will Program, Long Beach Lesbian
and Gay Pride in California and various Metropolitan
Community Church congregations. Thomas met his partner of
seven years, Brian Ladd, at church in West Palm Beach,
Florida, where Ladd currently serves in volunteer ministry
and on the Board of Directors.
Thomas plays 80 to 100 concerts each year in the United
States and Canada, and in 2010, he released a book
describing his experience as a gay man who is not only
Christian, but who also holds what many consider to be
politically conservative points of view. Titled “Unashamed:
Coming Out of the Second Closet,” the volume deals with
being in the crosshairs from the GLBT community and the
“straight” Christian community, as both groups have
criticized him for sharing his beliefs. In its pages, Thomas
explains his intentions to be of “resolution” and
encouragement for those who “don’t fit the mold.”
With a minister as a father and a talented musician as his
mother, Thomas’ ministry is the natural combination of his
musical and spiritual influences. His intention is to share
the message of God’s of love and grace through music in
order to build unity, understanding, and acceptance while
still encouraging personal responsibility, self-reliance and
the development of conviction and values.
In addition to his brief appearance at Pride Fest on
Saturday, June 28, Thomas also will be featured in the Pride
Worship Service at MCC of Baton Rouge at 11 a.m. Sunday,
Other Group's Pride
That May Interest
Sunday, June 29, 11 a.m., MCC of
Baton Rouge (7747 Tom Drive)
Saturday, June 28, 6
p.m.-8 p.m., Belle of BR/State Capitol
"Will You Still
Friday, June 27, 7:30
Freedom Center/MCCBR (7747 Tom Drive)
New Orleans Gay
Men's Chorus Summer Concert
Saturday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.,
Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
Pride 1 Awards
Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m., Splash Nightclub
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 12, 11:30 p.m., Splash Nightclub
Dining for a Cause Benefiting
Plus a full week of other "Dining" events benefiting local
coordinated by Pride 1 June 9-13
Pride 1 Gay Games
Sunday, June 8, 2 p.m., Highland Road Community Park
Krewe of Divas Pride
Friday, June 6, 9 p.m., Splash
About the Location for Pride Fest?
Try This Map
View Larger Map
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 on streets and some surrounding public
parking lots (under the bridge, for example). Paid parking also is
available in the area (beside George's or in the Belle's
parking garage for $5).
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, Krewe of Divas, Capital City Alliance 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