Karmin, Pepper MaShay and Martha Reeves Highlight Palm Springs Pride 2012

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Update from Palm Springs Pride on 11/1: Karmin has canceled their appearance at Palm Springs Pride on Nov. 4. Amy Heidemann’s voice is gone and she’s on strict vocal rest. The entertainment schedule will be adjusted and we send Amy lots of Rainbow glitter and get well wishes.

If you’re heading to the desert for the annual Palm Springs Pride this weekend, here are some highlights to look for:

On Friday the Pride Honors at the Hyatt will honor Rev. Troy Perry, among others, followed by the Pride Festival Saturday and Sunday at Sunrise Park. The festival offers ongoing entertainment, including Karmin, Pepper MaShay and Martha Reeves, along with dance tents, exhibitors, food and the Authors’ Village.

Also on Saturday is the Frontrunners 12th annual Pride Run-Walk from the high school at 8 a.m., and the Arenas Block Party, a free street party with music, food and dancing from 6-11 p.m. in Downtown Palm Springs.

The Human Rights Campaign hosts its 13th annual Garden Party on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3-6 p.m. at Abernathy House, a private mid-century estate. Get more info at: or call: (760) 864-1494 or see

On Sunday at 10 a.m., the Pride Parade gets underway down Palm Canyon Drive.

For more details about Palm Springs Pride go to

Journalist Laurie Schenden covers the entertainment industry, with many of her notable celebrity interviews appearing in the Los Angeles Times and other national and international publications. As a longtime columnist and feature writer for the LA Times, she also covered events and California destinations for the lifestyle, Outdoors and Travel sections. Laurie Schenden's international pieces include the long-running Where Are They Now celebrity feature for Spotlight Magazine, published in five languages. Laurie has also contributed to numerous documentary films, and produces content via Saving Grace Films.

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