Razzle Dazzle ends w auto show, Waterpalooza & street party

—  Rich Lopez

Razzle Dazzle Wine Walk postponed

Setting up the stage for Razzle 2011

Razzle Dazzle Dallas was scheduled to begin this evening with a wine walk and pet activities.

Because of severe thunderstorms, the event has been postponed until next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

According to marketing director Kris Martin, the Cedar Springs Merchants Association and Razzle Dazzle board voted this afternoon to postpone the wine walk because of the severe weather.

Volunteer training that was scheduled for tonight is also postponed. It will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at TMC.

Other Razzle Dazzle events will continue as planned. Thursday is the pub crawl that begins at 9 p.m. Metro Ball is at S4 on Friday.

For the Main Event on Saturday, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 91.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas booth space available

Razzle Dazzle Dallas 2011 main stage

Booth space is available for the day and night Razzle Dazzle Dallas events on Cedar Springs Road on June 9. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on May 30.

Businesses, sports teams, faith groups, jewelers, clothiers, nonprofits, corporate affinity organizations and community groups are welcome to market themselves to the more than 30,000 expected buyers and Razzle Dazzle attendees.

A vendor application is available online.

The festival hours on June 9 are from 10 a.m. to midnight.

DAYTIME:
One Nonprofit Booth Space — $100
One For-Profit Booth Space — $150

NIGHTIME:
One Nonprofit Booth Space — $150
One For-Profit Booth Space — $200

ALL DAY:
One Nonprofit Booth Space — $200
One For-Profit Booth Space — $275

RENTAL:
(1) Electrical Outlet — $25
(1) 10’x10’ Tent, (1) Table, (2) Chairs — $125

Contact Dave Berryman at Bravo Event Groups with any questions.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas seeks volunteers for main event; VIP Passports on sale through May 7

Razzle Dazzle Dallas marketing director Kris Martin sends along word that only 39 days remain until the June gay Pride celebration on Cedar Springs, which according to the above flier will have a theme of “Back to the Eighties” a la Marty McFly (now try to get the thought of running into your real daddy out of our head!).

But seriously, Martin adds that the RDD steering committee is still looking for volunteers for the all-day main event on Saturday. Sign up by going here. Finally, although most RDD events are free, organizers are offering a VIP ticket special through May 7. Below are the deets courtesy of Martin:

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle Dallas releases 2012 schedule

Razzle Dazzle Dallas — the gay Pride Month celebration and fundraiser on Cedar Springs —  today announced its 2012 beneficiaries and preliminary event schedule. According to a press release, Razzle Dazzle Dallas runs June 6-9 and will include a Wine/Dog Walk on Wednesday, a Pub Crawl on Thursday, the 7th annual MetroBall on Friday, and a street party on Saturday night.

Singer Taylor Dayne, who appeared at Black Tie Dinner last year, will return to Dallas to headline MetroBall, which benefits the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. Also this year, Saturday at Razzle Dazzle Dallas will include LifeWalk Waterpalooza, in addition to the sidewalk sale, street fair and antique car show. On Saturday night, according to the release, Cedar Springs will become “a big crazy dance club with LIVE ‘80s music and DJs on the Main Performance Stage!”

Razzle Dazzle Dallas, which distributed more than $60,500 in 2011, this year will benefit Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Interfaith Network, Turtle Creek Chorale, Legacy Counseling Center, Legal Hospice of Texas, AIDS Arms, GLBT Leadership Education & Advocacy Program (LEAP), Uptown Players and the Cedar Springs Road Beautification Fund.

Razzle Dazzle is also planning three events in April: a bus trip to the WinStar Casino, a Rising Star Show featuring D Alexander at the Rose Room, and a Razzle Dazzle-sponsored installment of GayBingo.

The full press release from Razzle Dazzle marketing director Kris Martin is below.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Razzle Dazzle Dallas set for June 6-9

It may be hard to believe, but Razzle Dazzle Dallas, the Gay Pride Month celebration and fundraiser on Cedar Springs that’s in the second year of its revival, is now just 105 short days away. And this week, marketing director Kris Martin sent along the below video promoting this year’s four-day event set for June 6-9 (with the Saturday night finale on the easy to remember date of 6-9-12). Martin says the Razzle Dazzle committee is making a big push for corporate sponsors, which can be had for as little as $500. You can also sign up to volunteer on the website, which provides the following additional details on this year’s installment:

2012 brings added excitement to Cedar Springs as Razzle Dazzle Dallas celebrates it’s second year of the June Pride event revival. In meeting our goal last year of the event being bigger and better than the original, we are adding even more ‘dazzle’ to the four-day schedule. It begins on on June 6 with a wine and dog walk sponsored by the Cedar Springs Merchants Association plus the finals of our new Best Bartender Contest. Thursday, June 7 participants will be entertained with a “Pub Crawl” that will move by shuttle bus transportation to participating Dallas area night clubs. Also on Thursday night, we will have the finals of Miss Razzle Dazzle Dallas. On Friday, June 8, MetroBall at Station 4 brings an evening of dancing, raffles and fund raising as well as headline entertainment to raise money for HIV/AIDS clients living in North Texas. During the day of Saturday, June 9 the Cedar Springs Merchants Association will host a street fair and sale. The main event, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, will fill Cedar Springs on the night of June 9. Come out for live music, djs’ and dancing, VIP areas, refreshments and much more. It will be a night to remember!

Watch the video produced by Jimmy Bartlett after the jump.

—  John Wright

Top 10: Celebrations saw major changes

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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)

No. 7

Change was the name of the game when it came to the traditional LGBT celebrations 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 Orchestra’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 community, the Turtle Creek Association teamed up with Lee Park Conservancy to hire gay event planner Dave Berryman, who quickly put together a plan to fund the usual Easter Sunday celebration by bringing in Cedar Springs Merchants Association member Kroger, along with Park Place Volvo and Metro PCS as title sponsors, 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 Dallas. And while some questioned whether organizers would be able to coordinate their planned five-day revival of the event in time, Razzle Dazzle Dallas came back with a bang.

Many in the community reacted in anger again last summer when the Dallas Tavern Guild announced new rules for the annual Festival in Lee Park, following the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade 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 regulations set to go into effect in 2012, and that the admission fee was intended to add to the proceeds to be distributed to parade beneficiaries. Outside liquor was banned, he said, because incidences with highly-inebriated partiers in the park had gotten out of control in recent years.

Despite complaints and some glitches, Doughman 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 celebration 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. Despite 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 included, for the first time ever, a Fort Worth mayor — newly-elected Betsy Price — as a participant. And the following day, the crowds returned to Trinity Park for the annual picnic.

—Tammye Nash

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 30, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Razzle Dazzle Dallas taking applications from beneficiaries

Razzle Dazzle Dallas, the traditional street party that was revived last June after a five-year hiatus, will take place again on June 7–10.

The week of parties that fall during national Pride celebrations are a community fundraiser. Last year Razzle returned $60,500 to eight beneficiaries.

Community organizations can apply to be included as beneficiaries by going to the Razzle Dazzle website and completing the application by Jan. 15. The steering committee is expected to announce the beneficiaries by the end of January.

The annual event builds on a 30-year tradition by hosting a family-friendly line-up of events in partnership with local businesses, corporations, artists, community groups and AIDS service organizations.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas is committed to helping community initiatives and organizations that are focused on efforts to better the LGBT community including, but not limited to, the battle against AIDS and HIV infection, community relations, beautification, education and wellness.

Two main events are the Metro Ball that takes place at Station 4 on Friday night and raises money for the Greg Dollgener AIDS Fund and the street party on Saturday night.

 

 

—  David Taffet

WATCH: A little UnderGear for your Friday

UnderGear, which had an exhibit (for lack of a better term) at Razzle Dazzle Dallas last month, posted the below video compilation of scenes and images from the event on YouTube: “We had an amazing time in Dallas, Texas taking part in Razzle Dazzle!” the company writes. “It was great meeting all our UnderGear fans!”

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributes $60,500

In June, Razzle Dazzle Dallas was revived as a five-day event centered on Cedar Springs Road. With so much of the event underwritten, organizers were able to return $60,500 to a number of community organizations.

Proceeds from the Metro Ball that took place at S4 on Friday night of Razzle Dazzle week went to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. Money collected at the Main Event on Saturday night, as well as from other Razzle-related parties, was divided among eight other beneficiaries.

Money was distributed to beneficiaries at Sue Ellen’s on June 27. Here’s the breakdown of funds: Resource Center Dallas — $5,900; AIDS Arms — $5,400; AIDS Interfaith Network — $5,400; Cedar Springs Merchants Association Beautification Fund — $5,400; Legacy Counseling/Founders Cottage — $5,400; Legal Hospice of Texas — $2,834; Lone Star Ride — $2,833; Youth First Texas — $2,833; Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund — $24,500.

Next year’s Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event will be on Saturday, June 9. A full press release from the organizers of Razzle Dazzle Dallas is below.

—  David Taffet