Cathedral City LGBT Days prepares to celebrate seven years.

CATHEDRAL CITY — Make no mistake, this community knows how to throw a party. And for the seventh annual iteration of Cathedral City LGBT Days there in no holding back. Did we mention that it’s also California’s first Pride event of the year?

This year’s event, which will be March 3-5, will include a first-of-its-kind outdoor PRIDE drone show and a surprise concert on opening night. A fan favorite, the Parade of Beds and Annual Bed-race Competition, will be back, along with a daytime pool party and a live performance by the Dreamboats. 

Cathedral City LGBT Days Pulling Out All Stops

Councilmember Raymond Gregory

City Councilmember Raymond Gregory told Uken Report that, “One of the reasons Cathedral City is such a special place is because we as a city and community actively celebrate our diversity, realizing the many cultures represented here enrich us all.”

The most well-known and probably most comical event of LGBT Days has to be our Sunday Bed Parade and Race, which has become a highlight of our annual festival, Gregory said. Even the good-natured city manager Charlie McClendon has participated.

“Of note this year will be a special remembrance on Saturday honoring Leslie Jordan, famous for his performances in “Will & Grace,” movies like “The Help,” and the currently-airing TV series “Call Me Kat.” Leslie passed away late last year, and his work and memory will be honored during special Sordid Lives/Southern Baptist Sissies tributes on Saturday hosted by the movies’ creator and attended by many of Leslie’s fellow stars.”

For Cathedral City, LGBT Days is more than an event, certainly more than a good time. It is a statement about this community and for what it stands.

Celebrating the LGBT+ community and recognizing our heroes and accomplishments remains as important now as it had ever been, Gregory said.

“While great progress has been made advancing equality for all, there remain fervent pockets of hate throughout our country and the world,” Gregory said. “Certain loud voices continue to belittle and attempt to dehumanize members of our community. Lately, these words and acts seemed to be aimed most directly at our youth and their allies, and especially the transgendered community. Cathedral City LGBT Days remains one of an important set of celebratory events that demonstrates that truth, equality, and being one’s true self are important values in Cathedral City. We hope everyone will join us!”

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Cathedral City LGBT Days is produced by Soundskilz Productions, a national entertainment production agency with offices in Temecula; San Antonio, Texas; Park City, Utah; and Atlanta.

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