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The Midwest’s largest Pride celebration is finally here!

For Columbus Pride’s 30th anniversary Stonewall Columbus is going big this year. Kicking off today and running through Sunday, the headlining act is country superstar Cheryl Wright. She recently came out, causing a firestorm of controversy within the country music industry. Cheryl will take the stage Saturday at 6 p.m..

Here’s a list of all the performances:

Friday June 17th:

GAZEBO STAGE

music starts at 5:00

5:00 Pride Karaoke Idol hosted by Stawn

7:15 DJ Tony C

8:00 Namoli Brennet

8:45 DJ MrNiceCub

9:30 Steve Reeder

10:15 DJ Tony C

SHELTERHOUSE STAGE
music starts at 5:00

5:00 World Famous Weed Eaters

6:10 Diana Chittester

6:45 Columbus Community Drummers

J.A.N. Dancers

7:05 Unecc with Kei Mari

7:40 Eric Himan

Gaye Adegbalola teaser

8:25 Katie Todd Band

Wayne Smith as Cher

9:10 Levi Kreis

10:00 Bitch

Emcee: Sile

Sat. June 18th:

GAZEBO STAGE
music starts at 12:30

12:30 ChelseaMae

1:00 Illicit Kitty

2:10 Columbus Women’s Chorus

2:35 Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus

3:00 Columbus Stompers

3:25 Chicago Spirit Brigade

3:45 Capital Pride Band

4:10 Vanity Theft

4:45 Hunter Valentine

5:30 HITM ENT presents Homage to HipHop

SHELTERHOUSE STAGE
music starts at 11:30

11:30 DJ Sean

1:00 Rachael Sage

1:45 Namoli Brennet

2:25 Gaye Adegbalola and Roddy Barnes

3:10 Eric Himan

3:50 Zrazy

4:35 Fabulous Johnson Brothers

Nina West

5:20 Katie Todd Band

Wayne Smith as Cher

6:00 Chely Wright with Band

Times Subject to Change

Don’t forget about the big Pride Parade tomorrow! It steps off at noon and runs down High Street from Broad to Goodale. (Look for yours truly! I’ll be marching with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center.) There’s also going to be a 5k Run tomorrow morning at Goodale Park, where all of the festivities will take place.

The weekend is packed with a ton of events all over the city. Check out ColumbusPride.org for the full schedule. Pride in Columbus pretty much shuts down the city. I’ll be sure to post lots of pics on Monday. But to wet your appetite here are a few photos from last year.

Here’s a list of some other 2011 Pride Festivals around Ohio:

Cleveland Pride – June 25

Dayton Pride Dinner – June 25

Cincinnati Pride Equinox Parade & Festival – July 7-10

Toledo Pride – Aug. 27

Youngstown Pride Festival & Picnic – Aug. 28

Cincinnati Pride Night at Kings Island – Sept. 9

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