We’ve been posting these updates all week, trying to get through to you that even though the parade and festival aren’t until Sunday, Dallas Pride had already begun. Well, the truth is, we were lying through our teeth. It really starts today. It must because there’s even a Welcome Party at the Round-Up where you can help provide a diplomatic welcome for our out-of-town visitors, if you know what we mean. Anyhow, here’s Friday’s full schedule of Pride-sanctioned events from the Dallas Tavern Guild:

Welcome Party for Our Out-Of-Town Guests
Round-Up Saloon
Join us in welcoming our visiting guests from all across the country as they gather to celebrate Dallas Pride.
8:00 pm
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219

Sports Pride Mixer
Dallas Woody’s
Ever wanted to play in an LGBT sports league or team? Here’s your meet fellow athletes, captains and organizers from DIVA [Volleyball], PSSA [Softball], OLTA [Tennis], OLBA [Bowling], Texas Bulls [Flag Football], Dallas Diablos [Rugby] and Different Strokes [Golf]. Not only is this mixer informational its a chance to socialize, relax and meet old and new friends.
7pm -10pm – No Cover
4011 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219

Live on the Back Patio Returns!
Dallas Woody’s
That’s right as Fall heats up but the temperature cools down live music returns to the Woody’s Back Patio for a fall concert series featuring Oaklawns best Jazz, R&B, Pop, Folk, Country and Cabaret entertainment. Check www.dallaswoodys.com for the current performer listing.
8pm -11pm – No Cover.
4011 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219

Hip Hop “Pride-ay”
Midnight Show with Comedian PT
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, Texas 75219

SMOKE: A Cigar Party
Dallas Eagle
10:00 pm
5740 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75235

Amatuer strip contest with $100 in cash & prizes starting at midnight (12am)
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No cover 9pm – 11pm
4350 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219

Gay Pride Trash Disco – “Shake Your Groove Thing”
3903 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219

Special Strip Show – Wet Boxers starting at midnight (12am)
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No cover
4207 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219

Slacks to Suits Pool Party
Radisson Love Field Hotel
Kick off your Pride weekend with an after work pool party. Drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuveres served poolside. Entertainment by your hostess Jenna Skyy and friends.
6:00 pm until ??
1241 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75247

ArtNite @ ILUME Gallerie
The Ilume Gallerie
The event will showcase a collection from artists the past year in the gallery from fine art, photography, and introduce the large scale metal sculptural works of Ric Leichliter. The event benfits AIDSARMS Inc. Dallas The Ilume GALLERIE, Ilume Great Room, Champagne Room, and pool and cabana area will be open for the reception. We will be serving Cocktails. Complimentary valet parking in the front of the gallery is provided. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
4123 Cedar Springs Suite 107
Dallas, TX 75219