Monterey Peninsula Pride Celebration and Parade

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The mission of the Monterey Peninsula Pride Celebration & Parade is to educate Monterey County, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture and liberate our people. The parade starts @ 11:00 from Monterey County Social Services at 1281 Broadway Avenue in Seaside, CA. The celebration starts @ 12:00 at Oldemeyer Center at 981 Hilby Avenue, in Seaside, CA. View the official press release here.

La mission de la "Monterey Peninsula Pride Celebration & Parade" es educar al condado de Monterey, conmemorar nuestro patrimonio, celebrar nuestra cultura y liberar a nuestra gente. El desfile comenzara a las 11:00 am en el edificio de "Monterey County Social Services" localizado en 1281 Broadway Avenue en Seaside, CA. La celebracion comenzara a las 12:00 del dia en el "Oldemeyer Center" localizado en 981 Hilby Avenue, en Seaside, CA.



The celebration starts @ 12:00 at Oldemeyer Center at 981 Hilby Avenue, in Seaside, CA. This is a free event for the community, though donations are appreciated. During the speaking portion of the event, ASL Interpretation will be provided by Chelsea's Busy Hands, including Chelsea Hull and Sara Quist.

On event day, make sure to upload your photos to Facebook and share them with Monterey Peninsula Pride parade here. Also make sure to register to see official event photos generously provided by Batin Photography. Once the photos are live, you'll be sent a notification email. 

After the event at Oldemeyer Center, join a panel of Monterey Peninsula Pride organizers as they discuss the program and development of local LGBTQ communities. The panel will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Wave Street Studios (774 Wave Street, Monterey, CA). Later on in the evening, head on down to Bull and Bear (479 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA) for the official Monterey Peninsula Pride After Party, from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. See you there! 


Program (In order)

  • Interfaith Spiritual Welcome by Father Jon Perez and Professor Avner Even-Zohar

  • Congressman Jimmy Panetta

  • Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker

  • Lisa Cisneros

  • Vanessa, Seaside High School student

  • Michelle Welsh

  • Musical performance by Jamie Fiano

  • Cam Garcia

  • Gracie Navaille

  • Cam Garcia

  • "Quazar" Steven Goings

Dance And Drag Show

  • Xenea Malletti

  • Ayumi Winehouse

  • Ricardo "The Latin King"

  • Karla Dream

  • Amy Bathhouse


Silent Auction Donors



Ayumi Winehouse

Salinas, California’s Ayumi Winehouse has nearly 20 years of gay rights activism in Monterey County under her glittery belt, in the late 90s and early 2000s as an advocate for queer and questioning youth and in community health outreach, and these days as an event organizer for Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations. Now the Monterey County area’s premier drag DJ, Ayumi hosts Social at the Tavern at Salinas Sports Tavern in Salinas and is the resident DJ for WooWoo’s CIRQ-US at Renegades Bar in San Jose. For more information, visit



Paul Richmond

Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. Influenced by his own struggles and experiences, he seeks to challenge social constructs that exist around sexuality and gender through his work. In his role as the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press, he has created over four hundred novel cover illustrations for LGBT publications. He recently released an adult coloring book of male pinups, Cheesecake Boys, that has gained a large international following. Paul is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through the language, visual, and performing arts. He is a member of Open Ground Studios in Seaside, where he teaches drawing and painting classes and is preparing for an exhibition of his War Paint series in September. Visit to learn more.


Sarah Larsen

Sarah Larsen is an artist from Salinas, California who studied art at Monterey Peninsula College. She has a collection of comic heroine inspired pieces as well as other emotionally inspired pieces.

"I am inspired by the comic heroines because of their strength and raw power that I know every woman has inside," says Sarah. "I wanted to showcase the women in the comic books because there is more to a comic than their male leads!" 

Follow her work on Instagram @_skl____ or @tibsmonster.


Christina "Sea" Sevilla

Christina is a fine artist who works in multiple mediums, predominantly sculpture, watercolor and photography. She has a double bachelor's degree in Art Education and Art Studio with an emphasis in sculpture and photography from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She currently works at the Monterey Sculpture Center as a patineur.

When she's not making artwork, she can be found playing the acoustic guitar, swimming in the ocean, or chasing around her dog, Chip, on the beautiful beaches of Monterey, California.



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Want to help our cause? Make sure to purchase your Peninsula Pride 2017 T-shirts and hoodies! Proceeds will go towards event costs, entertainment and getting the word out to the community. Thank you for your support! 

Pride Pre-Party


Hosted by DJ Ayumi Winehouse

— 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. 
— 21+ with Valid ID
— Drink specials
— No cover charge/donations appreciated

Salinas Sports Tavern, 9 E San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901

Pride After Party

Need more pride after dark? Don't worry — we've got you covered! Make sure to come on down to Bull And Bear for the official Monterey Peninsula Pride 2017 After Party, hosted by DJ Ayumi Winehouse.

— Mingle @ 8:00
— Drag show @ 9:00
— Food until 11:00
— DJ until midnight

After 9:00 p.m., the event is 21 and over with a valid ID. Bring cash for a cover charge; part of the proceeds will go towards Monterey Peninsula Pride. The address is 479 Alvarado Street, Monterey, CA. See you there! 

Download the PDF flyer here and help us spread the word.

How to Support PRIDE

There are many way that you can support our cause! Email if you'd like to find out more information about how to get involved.

  • Follow the event and spread the word on Facebook here.

  • Donate to our Go Fund Me account here.

  • March in our parade — the more the merrier!

  • Buy an advertisement in our program.

  • Donate food, drinks, supplies or decorations.

  • Host a table and provide educational materials at our celebration.

  • Volunteer your time and services at the celebration or parade.

  • Purchase merchandise at the online store here.

  • Download the flyer and share it with businesses, schools and local organizations.

More prides in Monterey

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