Capitol Hill Pride Festival

Plus-one was not thrilled when he heard about the theme for this year’s PrideFest, “Over the Rainbow”: “ARE WE 11-YEAR-OLD GIRLS?!” he shouted, only with more swear words. The folks responsible for this brilliantly imaginative leap (The Wizard of Oz’s switch from black-and-white to color as a metaphor for coming out? Sheer genius!) also organized the parade, which starts tomorrow (11 a.m. Sunday) at Westlake Park and travels down Fourth Avenue to Seattle Center for the usual celebration of vendor booths, skin glitter, thumpy music, and—weather permitting—fountain dancing and undress. But first (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday), the Capitol Hill Pride Festival goes a little more block-partyish, a little more family-friendly, with five blocks of Broadway zoned off for four entertainment stages and a Doggie Drag Costume Contest. Which will surely see no shortage of shih tzus in ruby slippers. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., June 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., June 27, 11 a.m., 2010

 
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