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Hotter Than July burns up Detroit’s Palmer Park

By |2018-01-15T18:16:37-05:00July 19th, 2007|News|

Overview: The 12th annual Hotter Than July celebration kicks off July 21 and runs through July 29. This year’s theme is “Color Me Black,” which celebrates LGBT contributions to black culture in America. A few things are different. The Pride Parade has been moved a week out to distinguish the event from the annual picnic, and also to relieve the burden for volunteers. More than 10,000 people are expected at the picnic, which has been moved to a different area of Palmer Park – near the basketball courts and swimming pool – to cut down on noise and traffic for the benefit of area residents.
All the usual events remain firmly in place, such as Thursday night’s candlelight vigil and Sunday’s jazz brunch. Hotter Than July is the oldest black pride celebration in the Midwest. The events are open to all. For further information, call the pride line at 888-755-9165.

Saturday, July 21

What: Eight annual Ruth Ellis Pride March. Watch colorful floats make their way down Woodward Avenue along with contingencies from community agencies and local businesses. There will be J-Set performances, music and more. Following the march, a birthday celebration for the late Ruth Ellis will take place in the park.
Where: Palmer Park (On Woodward Avenue near the tennis courts)
When: Registration 5 p.m., Procession begins at 6:15 p.m.
How much: Free

Wednesday, July 25

What: Art exhibition and reception. An evening of art, music, networking and fun. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
When: 6 – 9 p.m.
How much: Free

Thursday, July 26

What: Interfaith Candlelight Vigil. A special ceremony in memory of those who have died due to AIDS/HIV and breast cancer.
Where: Palmer Park (at the pond)
When: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
How much: Free

What: Film & Short Fest. The featured film is “Pick Up the Mic,” and the event will be hosted by Aggracyst, one of its stars.
Where: Focus Hope Conference Center, 1355 Oakman Blvd., Detroit
When: Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9:15 p.m.
How much: $10

Friday, July 27

What: Genesis Conference VIII. Annual conference with workshop presentations by Men Empowered and S.P.I.C.E.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
When: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
How much: Free

What: Poetry Slam
Where: Java Exchange Cafe, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit
When: Doors Open 8 p.m. Show starts at 9:15 p.m.
How much: $10

Saturday, July 28

What: Picnic and Festival. An estimated 10,000 people will show up to celebrate culture and self empowerment. Event features music and entertainment.
Where: Palmer Park (at the basketball courts and swimming pool areas)
When: Noon – 8 p.m.
How much: Free

Sunday, July 29

What: Pride & Praise Celebration. This service will be produced collectively by Full Truth Fellowship of Christ Church, New Birth Assembly, Unity Fellowship Church and Whosoever Ministries.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 351 Gratiot Ave., Detroit
When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
How much: Free

What: Red Carpet Jazz Brunch
Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. MonicaBlaire will be performing.
When: Noon – 4 p.m.
How much: $30

What: Closing Party
Where: Club Pink
When: 9 p.m.
How much: $10

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