AURORA, IL – Pride month starts in a week, and Aurora companies are preparing to put on their party hats in celebration.
Paramount School of the Arts, along with Culture Stock, is celebrating LGBTQ + artisans on June 4th by providing safe places for local artists to sell their stocks on the first Friday. The free event will take place at both locations from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
From handmade jewelry to tarot reading to books written by LGBTQ + authors, there will be no shortage of variety.
Attendees can also take free WERQ Cardio Dance Fitness sample classes in front of the North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
First Friday Selected Pride Month Craftsmen:
Cultural Inventory: The Cultural Inventory is an Aurora staple and includes books that focus on LGBTQ + stories and authors.
Paramount Performing Arts Center: Enjoy a one-stop shop that supports local LGBTQ + creatives.
Hector Ortiz: Hector will sell his handcrafted jewelry. Pieces include wire wrapped crystals and pearl earrings, necklaces, and pendants.
Annie Hex: Annie is going to read tarot cards and sell some of her books, queer poems and spells and pins about pride.
Instagram: @ annie.hex
Jacqueline Franco: Jacqueline is a bisexual artist from Aurora using both traditional and digital art media. Her work consists mostly of fantasy elements and character work. They also have their own webcomic called “Yaya the Bean” and they record videos for YouTube.
Then on June 13, the Paramount School of the Arts will join dozens of locals and organizations participating in Aurora Pride Drive. Due to COVID-19, the physical parade will be canceled again in 2021, but fun can definitely be had.
Aurors are invited to decorate their homes, shops, or places of worship and to celebrate Aurora’s LGBTQ + community.
Participants can decorate their vehicle and drive the route past Aurora’s most lush spots.
If you’d like to submit a photo of your decor, vote for a special price. Donation boxes for non-perishable food that will benefit the Aurora Area Interfaith Pantry will be scattered.
Sign up here for Aurora Pride Drive on June 13th.
When you want to get out of your car, the Paramount School of Performing Arts has plenty of activities scheduled in front of the North Island Center just across from the Paramount Theater on June 13th.
12-1pm: Lip-Sync Battle – Challenge your Beast (or Frenemy) to a lip-sync battle.
1-2 o’clock: Category is: PRIDE – Put on your best Pride outfit and run across the runway.
2-3 o’clock: Are you more violent than a drag queen? – Challenge a professional drag queen for a lip-sync battle.
3-4 pm: dance party
Volunteers are needed to help set up on Saturday and set up and strike on Sunday. Login here.