NWA Center for Equality Announces Official 2015 NWA Pride Events; Cheryl Maples Named Pride Parade Grand Marshal

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – MAY 26, 2015 –
Northwest Arkansas’ 9th annual Pride will celebrate “Equality for All” with events in Benton and Washington counties June 25th – 28th. To meet the needs of the growing local LGBTQ and ally community, NWA Pride, Inc. recently merged with the NWA Center for Equality, the area’s leading grassroots support and advocacy nonprofit supporting the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Official 2015 Northwest Arkansas Pride events include:

Thursday, June 25th
OUT at the Ballpark: Northwest Arkansas Naturals vs. Tulsa Drillers
7:05 p.m.
Arvest Ballpark
3000 S. 56th Street, Springdale
Tickets are $7.00. Visit nwaequality.org for details.

Friday, June 26th
Pride Pub Crawl & C4 After Party
Crawl begins at 6 p.m. at Jose’s
After Party begins at 10 p.m. at C4
Dickson Street, Fayetteville
Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Participants receive an official t-shirt. Visit nwaequality.org for info.

Enjoy drink specials at an array of downtown Fayetteville establishments and a special show at C4 featuring Taylor Madison Monroe, Karmin LaChappelle, Lady Kakes, the reigning Miss Gay Arkansas America Ambrosia Bordeaux, and Tulsa LGBTQ rap sensation $erious $tanley. Must be 21 years or older to participate in the crawl and 18 years or older to enter C4.

Saturday, June 27th
Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade
10:00 a.m.
Dickson Street, Fayetteville

Join us as Grand Marshal Cheryl Maples leads the way down Dickson Street in Northwest Arkansas’ most colorful parade. Maples, along with Jack Wagoner, represented plaintiffs in the historic case that struck down Arkansas’ Amendment 83. Their passionate plea in 2014 on behalf of couples who wanted to marry, or adopt, or have their out-of-state marriages recognized in Arkansas opened the door for LGBTQ couples to marry.

Parade route travels westward down Dickson Street to the Walton Arts Center parking lot. Line-up begins at 8 a.m. behind Fresco Cafe, in the parking lot at the corner of Meadow and Church.

NWA Pride Rally & Festival
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wilson Park, Fayetteville

Free community celebration featuring live music by Voxanna and the annual proclamation by the Mayor of Fayetteville. Lunch at this family friendly event provided by Backyard Burger, PepsiCo, Sam’s Club, and the NWA Center for Equality. Learn about local organizations and ways to help advance equality in Northwest Arkansas.

5th Annual White Party
8 p.m.
C4 Nightclub & Lounge
509 W. Spring Street, Suite 250, Fayetteville
Tickets start at $10.00. Visit nwaequality.org for info.

Pride weekend explodes at C4 with Arkansas’ largest LGBTQA party. Must be 18+ to enter C4. Tickets start at $10. Proceeds directly fund the growth and expansion efforts of the Northwest Arkansas Pride events and the programs of the NWA Center for Equality.

Sunday, June 28th
Out & About Pride Brunch – Bentonville
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Table Mesa Bistro
108 E. Central Avenue, Bentonville
Reserve directly with the restaurant under the “NWA Pride” block by Wednesday, June 24th.

Out & About Pride Brunch – Fayetteville
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Table on the Hill
401 W Watson Street, Ste. 203, Fayetteville
Reserve directly with the restaurant under the “NWA Pride” block by Wednesday, June 24th.

The NWA Center for Equality is a nonprofit grassroots organization and the success of Northwest Arkansas Pride depends on local support. Corporate sponsors of NWA Pride include: PepsiCo, Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning, C4 Nightclub & Lounge, Clark Partners Realty Group, Backyard Burgers and Sam’s Club. Individuals and business interested in joining the parade, hosting a booth at the festival, volunteering or making a donation to support NWA Pride expenses should contact info@nwaequality.org.

In 2006 Northwest Arkansas saw its first official pride parade roll down Dickson Street. Prior to that parade, groups of local citizens organized informal celebrations to unite the LGBT community and promote acceptance. In 2007, NWA Pride, Inc. was formed by Ken Boyle, Joney Harper and Norman Hadley to formally operate what’s become an annual tradition. Growing from 200 participants and spectators to what is now a multi-day festival of events, and the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in Arkansas.

About NWA Center for Equality
The NWA Center for Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which leads a grassroots support and advocacy movement working to achieve full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Northwest Arkansas. More information is available at nwaequality.org.

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