Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, December 30, 2011 Page: 13 of 44
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PARADES AND PARTIES | Razzle Dazzle Dallas returned as a five-day event with crowds filling the street
for the big Saturday night extravaganza. (Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice)
Celebrations saw major changes
7 Change was the name of the game when
it came to the traditional LGBT celebra-
• Hons this year, from Easter in the Park in
April to the 30th anniversary Tarrant County
Gay Pride Week celebrations in October,
In mid-March news broke that the Turtle
Creek Association, which had for years been the
sponsoring organization for the annual Easter in
Lee Park celebration, had decided to move the
Pooch Parade to the weekend before Easter,
billing it as a "family-friendly" event called
Creek Craze. That left the Dallas Symphony Or-
chestra's traditional Easter Sunday concert in the
park without a sponsor, and many in the LGBT
community angry over what they saw as a way
to exclude the community.
But after the irate reaction from the LGBT com-
munity, the Turtle Creek Association teamed up
with Lee Park Conservancy to hire gay event
planner Dave Berryman, Who quickly put to-
gether a plan to fund the usual Easter Sunday
celebration by bringing in Cedar Springs Mer^
chants Association member Kroger, along with
Park Place Volvo and Metro PCS as title spon-
sors, allowing TCA to continue with its Creek
Craze event and for the traditional Easter in Lee
Park party to take place as well, complete with
the Kroger Pooch Parade and the DSO concert.
In the fall of 2010 plans began percolating to
bring back what had long been Dallas' annual
Gay Pride Month celebration, Razzle Dazzle Dal-
las. And while some questioned whether organ-
izers would be able to coordinate their planned
five-day revival of the event in time, Razzle Daz-
zle Dallas came back with a bang.
Many in the community reacted in anger again
last summer when the Dallas Tavern Guild an-
nounced new rules for the annual Festival in Lee
Park, following the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pa-
rade in September. Under the new rules, the park
was fenced in and a $5 admission fee was
charged at the gate. The Tavern Guild also
banned partiers from bringing their own coolers
and beverages into the park for the festival.
DTG Executive Director Michael Doughman
explained that the Tavern Guild was fencing the
park for the festival to get ahead of new city reg-
ulations set to go into effect in 2012, and that the
admission fee was intended to add to the pro-
ceeds to be distributed to parade beneficiaries:.
Outside liquor was banned, he said, because in-
cidences with highly-inebriated partiers in the
park had gotten out of control in recent years.
Despite complaints and some glitches, Dough-
man said after the event that organizers were
pleased with the turnout — some 5,300 people
paid the $5 admission — and in December, the
Tavern Guild distributed checks totaling $18,700
to five beneficiary organizations.
Tarrant County's annual Pride Week celebra-
tion also saw big changes in 2012. Organizers
consolidated the annual picnic and parade,
which previously had taken place on separate
weekends, into one weekend, added several
events and moved the parade downtown. De-
spite dire predictions from some quarters that the
changes would lead to failure, the community
turned out in big numbers to line Main Street in
downtown Fort Worth to cheer a parade that in-
cluded, for the first time ever, a Fort Worth mayor
— newly-efected Betsy Price — as a participant.
And the following day, the crowds returned to
Trinity Park for the annual picnic.
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