Thank you to everyone whom participated in our 3rd Annual Desert Hot Springs Pride!
Entry to the festival is FREE! This festival was set up on 3-levels. Attendees got to explore the pride booths featuring community services, retail items, art, local businesses and information organizations. The stage had live entertainment for people to enjoy while our food vendor offered delicious food & beverages for purchase. This ALL AGE event was open to the entire community! We also offered face painting, games, as well as arts & crafts tables for the youth in our Kids Zone!
Street Parking open all around Cabots and the surrounding area. There was also a parking lot open for festival-goers which is free and has a free on-going shuttle to and from the festival. See map below for location of parking and shuttle:
Our DiversityDHS festival entertainment line-up for 2019 was organized and coordinated by Geoffrey Mark. From big names to local entertainers, our pride day offered a diverse selection of entertainment!
Dawn Elberta Wells is a beauty queen and an American actress who became known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcom Gilligan’s Island. Dawn did years of touring and performing in dramas, comedies, musical theatre as well as mentors young actors. A great time was had by all!
Modern Men: Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus promoted harmony through an outstanding performance as they entertained and empowered our audience and embraced diversity through their community outreach. They are a proud member of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), which leads the North American GLBT choral movement, cultivating the artistic development of 10,000 singers from more than 190 choruses in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Award-winning Los Angeles based recording artist and songwriter Torrey Mercer brings bold charisma to the stage thru her live show and inspiring lyrics. Torrey is more than just a musical artist, she is a survivor, an activist, and her music has been a light in the dark for many who are struggling. Feeling like an outcast growing up has made her empathetic and compassionate for others and drives her music and lyric endeavors.
We proudly presented Geoffrey Mark as our Master of Ceremonies for our 2019 DiversityDHS Pride. His tallents and honors include off-Broadway productions, summer stock, been a singer and stand-up comedian in New York nightclubs and cabarets as well as on cruise ships, the proud recipient of an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award nomination, hosted two radio series in Los Angeles, writes comedy for several stand-up comedians, writes and produces documentaries and reality shows for cable television, as well as hosted two radio series of his own as well as several special programs on radio and television.
“If Jon Bon Jovi & Diana Ross had a LOVE CHILD it would be Larry Atello!” Larry, a native New Yorker, has never lost sight of becoming one of the best entertainers around. Currently starring in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Ballys Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Larry also dazzles audiences with his Bon Jovi tribute band, Jon Bovi.
Eve is fabulous local singer and entertainer. Located here in Palm Springs, Eve is a super singer of Jazz, Standards, Pop, R&B, Country, Blues, Latin and Dance Music. She has performed for the Academy Awards Governor’s Ball, also with Natalie Cole, Kurt Russell, Jack Carter and Jack Jones. Sung and acted on movies & television shows.
Honored by the local community and beyond, the amazing jazz vocalist Keisha D’ graced us with live music that touched our hearts and inspired our souls. She has created her own shows, made appearances for local school and community fundraisers, and performs her musical talents for local establishments.
Saigo Iñiguez is Not Your Average 14 Year Old from Desert Hot Springs! As the Open Call 2019 winning artists at McCallum Theatre: Vocalist Saigo Iniguez walked away with both the Grand Prize Award and Audience Favorite Award.
Alex Avery is a 23 year old standup Comedian hailing from Portland, OR. Winner of Acme Comedy Clubs funniest person 2016, Alex was also a finalist in the Joke Joint Comedy Competitionin Seattle WA and The Palm Springs International Comedy festival/competition in 2018.
GEM-NI (aka Andrae Harrison) is a local singer/songwritter in Palm Desert. An R&B soul singer with a unique and beautiful voice. Be sure to check out his music tracks on YouTube including his new track called “Thank You”, produced by (X on the track).
Big thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!