Lakewood Brewing Company is new title sponsor for Dallas Pride parade

Officials with Dallas Pride, Dallas Tavern Guild and with Lakewood Brewing Company have announced that Lakewood Brewing has joined this year’s Dallas Pride celebration as title sponsor for the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, set for Sept. 17.

Jeremiah Wallis, vice president of sales for Lakewood Brewing, said his company is “extremely thankful to have the opportunity to partner on this message of equality and [we] thank the community for all they have done. Whether it’s pint nights at Cedar Springs Tap House, ‘Loving Great Beer Together’ events at TMC: The Mining Company or dance-offs [for charity at the Round-Up Saloon], we’ve felt welcomed as partners.”

Wim Bens, founder and president of Lakewood Brewing, added, “At Lakewood Brewing, we want to show our support to a community that has taken care of us since day one.”

When asked about the announcement, Dallas Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman said, “I and the entire Tavern Guild are very excited about this new partnership.”

In a press release making the announcement, a company spokesman described Lakewood Brewing as “a huge philanthropic advocate,” adding that the company “takes pride in supporting and celebrating the diversity of the DFW community,” as evidenced by its slogan, “For whichever neighborhood you call home.”

According to the press release, many local non-profit organizations benefit from LBC’s support throughout the year, including Brewing Good give-back events held every Sunday afternoon in the Taproom.

The Lakewood Brewing Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade takes place this year on the third Sunday in September, as usual, beginning at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Wycliff Avenue. Where in past years the parade has turned down Turtle Creek Boulevard to end at Lee Park or, in the last few years, at Reverchon Park for the Festival in the Park, this year the parade ends at Turtle Creek. The festival which has traditionally followed the parade this year will be an all-day event held on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The festival this year will be focused on musical entertainment, with names of performers schedyuled for the two stages to be announced as details are finalized. The fenced-in festival will feature many local vendors, including featured beers from Lakewood Brewing Company. The Teen Pride event has this year been combined with the Festival in the Park, instead of being a separate event, and the popular Family Pride Zone returns as well.

Admission for the festival is $10 per person, free for children 12 years and under. For complete details on the festival, the parade and other 2017 Pride events, visit


—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#4)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #4 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#5)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #5.

—  Tammye Nash

DVtv: Pride on parade in Dallas


Brad Pritchett and the DVtv crew hit the streets of Oak Lawn Sunday, Sept. 18, to see, participate in and talk about the 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and the Festival in Reverchon Park.

Watch all the fun here:

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#3)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #3 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#2)

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #2 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).

—  Tammye Nash

And the winner is: Who won what in the Dallas Pride Parade


Kaliente won the trophy for Best Overall Entry (Photo by Chuck Marcelo)

The biggest Pride parade in Dallas history took to the streets of Oak Lawn on Sunday afternoon, with more than 120 total entries making their way down Cedar Springs to Reverchon Park. Today (Monday, Sept. 19), organizers announced the winners in the nine different categories. They are

  • Best Performance: Oak Lawn Band
  • Best Walking Group: Turtle Creek Chorale
  • Best Costume: LULAC
  • Best Social Commentary: Dallas Victims of Crime
  • Best Overall Entry: Kaliente
  • Best For Profit: Bank of America
  • Best Non Profit: United Court of the Lone Star Empire
  • Judge’s Choice: Veteran’s for Diversity
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme (“Solidarity Through Pride”): Abounding Prosperity

(Watch for more of Chuck’s photos of the parade here on Instant Tea throughout the week.)


The United Court of the Lone Star Empire won the trophy for Best Nonprofit Entry (Photo by Chuck Marcelo)

—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS: Dallas Pride 2015 … as seen from the ilume

A view of Pride from the ilume. Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones. Look for more photos Friday in Scene.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS FROM PRIDE: Scenes from the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Photos from the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday by Kat Haygood, Arnold Wayne Jones, Chad Mantooth and Stephen Mobley.

—  Tammye Nash

QueerBomb holding ‘Dirty Shame Pride Promenade,’ encouraging Pride parade boycott

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Activists with QueerBomb Dallas are organizing a last-minute alternative Pride celebration on Sunday in Dallas in response to reports that Barry Andrews, the founder and CEO of Andrews Distributing Co., the largest corporate sponsor of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, is holding a fundraisers for Dan Patrick the anti-gay Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor.

QueerBomb activists have also called parade organizers to task for the event’s lack of diversity in terms of racial and economic minorities and transgender people. They are calling on people to boycott the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, the Festival in Lee Park and all Dallas Tavern Guild bars. (DTG puts on the parade each year, organizing the event and getting sponsors, including Andrews Distributing, to cover most of the costs.) QueerBomb is also asking people to sign this online petition calling on the parade organizers to “drop human rights abusers and anti-queer businesses” as sponsors of and participants in the parade.

Among the parade participants QueerBomb wants organizers to drop are groups from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, companies that “create weapons that kill thousands of innocent civilians every year;” JPMorgan Chase, whose “unethical financial practices caused the 2008 U.S. financial collapse;” and Heineken, which “excludes transgender people from its employment protections.”

“Dallas Pride’s organizers refuse to drop sponsorships from anti-queer and human rights abusing companies. Plus the parade itself has continually excluded racial and economic minorities from its ranks,” noted the press release announcing the “Dirty Shame” event, “an alternative pride promenade” set for 5 p.m. Sunday in Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St. in downtown Dallas.

“QueerBomb Dallas is assembling a flash force of LGBTQIA individuals who find Dallas Pride to be non-inclusive, capitalist, hetero-normative, needlessly safe and unchallenging,” according to the press release. “We’ve organized ‘DIRTY SHAME’ with boisterous urgency to create an alternative ‘Pride Promenade’ that carries a strong Queer message through the heart of Downtown Dallas. Let’s reclaim the radical, carnal and transgressive lineage of our ever-changing community, while celebrating every [one of] the unique individuals that make us a vibrant whole.”

The QueerBomb rally begins at 5 p.m. at the Main Street Garden and will feature performers, speakers, fun and “heart-stirring queer-fuckery.” Open mic slots are available and anyone who is interested can email for information.

The Queer Pride Promenade starts at 6:30 p.m., with participants encouraged to “strap on your cha-cha heels and get ready to stomp the sidewalks of Main Street in a festive display of undiluted queerness.”

Those attending Dirty Shame are encouraged to bring blankets, picnics, signs and banners, flags, noisemakers, musical instruments and “your friends.” Organizers also stressed that there are no rules regarding what manner of dress is allowed: “QueerBomb is a safe and affirming space. We promote body positivity and self expression. So wear what represents you. Wear anything you have ever wanted to wear or as little as the law will allow. Let is united and celebrate Pride without beer ads or exclusion.”

—  Tammye Nash