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OC Pride is “Takin’ It To The Streets” this year in Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA — The Orange County Equality Coalition Organization (OCEC) is pleased to announce the return of Orange County Pride this year. After the growing success over the past three years, we wanted to continue to build a strong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Orange County. This is why we are delighted to announce that OC Pride will be “Takin’ it to the Streets” in Santa Ana this year and it will be free to the general public.

“For years, Orange County residents have had to celebrate pride in Long Beach, Los Angeles or San Diego,” said Daniel Shad, Co-Chairman of OCEC, and this year’s OC Pride Co-Chair. “While those are great events, we want to create an event that the Orange County LGBT community can celebrate proudly right in their own backyard, and that’s what we are doing here.”

The event will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 on Fourth Street between Broadway and Ross in Santa Ana, CA. The free festival will be a full day event from 12pm to 10pm in order to accommodate time for festival goers to enjoy all that the event has to offer. There will be hours of high energy performances on the main stage, over half a dozen DJ’s playing various music selections (Latin, Country, Hip Hop, Pop and Electronica) at the dance tent, hundreds of exhibitor tents, a beer and wine garden, a pirate themed Kids Club, interesting and educational workshops at our Rainbow Symposium and delicious food from local vendors.

“Over the last three years, we have learned a lot about putting on an event like this,” said Mike Izzo, Vice Chairman for OCEC and also this year’s OC Pride Co-Chair. “Visibility was something we wanted to improve upon from past years, and you can’t really get much more visible than being downtown in the middle of the streets of one of Orange County’s largest cities.”

This year’s event is being presented by OCEC ( and Velvet Lounge ( Other sponsors include Barefoot Wine, Downtown, Inc., Planned Parenthood and Gay Neighbors, Families and Friends of Santa Ana, to name a few.

Updates for the event are being announced periodically online at The event also has a Facebook page at


  1. Rosary Rosary June 19, 2012

    Mr. Prevat , when and where is (if is there one) the celebration of American Independentd Day”4th. of July” in Santa Ana?.Can you please take the time and to inform that to All Americans in this City of Santa Ana?
    Looking foward to read your journalist answer.

  2. Rosary Rosary June 19, 2012

    Spaeking about “equality” Mr. Prevat can you inforn when and where will be the celebration of 4th. of July” Independence Day” here in our belove city of Santa Ana?. I aprecaitte your professonal journalism by letting me know that infaormation
    Thanks in advance.

    • Dan Chmielewski Dan Chmielewski June 19, 2012

      The City of Santa Ana’s official July 4th evebnt is actually on July 1st this year at Centennial Park from 2 pm to until the end of the fireworks show over Centennial Lake

  3. Paco Barragan Paco Barragan June 20, 2012

    @ Rosary:

    This is at least the 3rd year in a row that Santa Ana has had a “Santa Ana Independence Day Celebration”

    Programming for this year has expanded and attendance is expected to be about 10,000.
    Event will kick-off from about 2PM to about 9:30 pm.
    Fireworks start at 9PM.

    Sample of events:
    o Invocation
    o Color Guard – “Sons of American Revolution”
    o Pledge of Allegiance
    o National Anthem –
    o Church Choir – singing Patriotic songs –
    o Historical Characters
     Mid-Night Ride of Paul Revere
     Gettysburg Address
     George Washington
     “Sons Of America Revolution”

    Live Band playing from about 8pm-9pm, immediately before the fireworks.

    And many other activities oriented to families and children. Come out and enjoy!

    Francisco “Paco” Barragan
    Commander, UMAVA
    United Mexican-American Veterans Association
    Member of Independence Day Planning Committee

  4. Rosary Rosary June 20, 2012

    Can this “blog” start promoting this American Independence day celebration?. Thanks.

  5. Rosary Rosary June 20, 2012

    I am very”proud” to be an American and with all the “pride” of the world lets all celebrate the birth day of our beloved nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  6. AJ AJ June 21, 2012

    @ Rosary………. You seem a little startled. Being proud to be an American also stands with the pride of independence in freedom of speech. The freedom to be LGBT.. Hope to see you @ Centennial Park after all this rucket.!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Pat Pat June 21, 2012

    This thread seems to have been hijacked to talk about a completely different event.

    I’m looking forward to the OC PRIDE event, but I can’t help but think that maybe Centennial Park might have been a much better location for it.
    I like the idea of this event in a park, where it’s much more inclusive to families, where people can find space to sit outdoors and just relax with friends, and where it’s not located in a hard urban concrete jungle.

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