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Two Grand Marshals for Pride parade
QSanAntonio, June 27, 2014

Pride San Antonio has named two Grand Marshals for this year's Pride Parade, one is a veteran college educator and administrator and the other is a popular drag entertainer.

The parade which is slated for July 5 at 9 p.m. along North Main Avenue, will honor Dr. Robert Ziegler, the recently-retired president of San Antonio College and drag performer and television personality Shangela, who most recently competed in Ru Paul's Drag Race.

Dr. Ziegler has been president of SAC since 2002. He announced last January that he would be retiring this summer. In 1959, Ziegler began taking classes at SAC after serving in the U.S. Navy. Upon graduating from SAC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts then went on to attend Sam Houston State University where he earned a B.S. in History/Government and a M.A. in American History/Government.

Ziegler returned to SAC in 1971 as part of the history faculty. His career at SAC includes positions as coordinator of the Telecourse Program, chairperson of the Faculty Senate, interim vice president of Academic Affairs, vice president of Academic Affairs, vice president of the College, interim president, and vice president.

James Poindexter, board secretary for Pride San Antonio, says Dr. Ziegler was chosen as Grand Marshal for his support of the Pride Parade over the years. The parade uses SAC parking lots near the corner of North Main and East Dewey with the full co-operation from the college.

"Dr. Ziegler has proven to be a loyal supporter of the Pride parade by allowing us to use SAC parking lots and side streets to assemble participants and floats. He's never said no to any of our requests," says Poindexter. "We are honoring him as he retires from his long and impressive career at SAC."

Shangela (a.k.a. D.J. Pierce) has a career that includes performing standup comedy in drag and as a reality television personality and contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race second and third seasons.

Born in Paris, Texas in 1981, Pierce was raised by his grandparents. According to his Wikipedia bio, he became the first male cheerleader at his high school and began dressing in drag to get better grades on special projects and to express his creativity. He graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Pierce developed the character Shangela as part of a drag act for a charity event in Los Angeles. He was spotted by a club promoter who booked him into local clubs. That bit of notoriety led to being selected to join the second season of Drag Race where he was eliminated in the first round. He returned the next season and made it to the top five finalists.

At press time, Pride San Antonio released a short list of local dignitaries who have said they will participate in the parade. These include Judge Ron Rangel, Judge Genie Wright, State Senator and Lt. Governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte and Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of Public health.

Poindexter says that all of the City Council members have been invited to participate. The only response has been from Rebecca Viagran who said she could not attend.

Dr. Ziegler and Shangela will be the special guests at a meet and greet in their honor at the Bonham Exchange on Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m.

The Pride Bigger Than Texas Parade begins at 9 p.m. on July 5. The route begins at East Dewey and Main Street near the Silver Dollar Saloon and heads south to its end at Lexington Avenue near the Saint. For more information go to: PrideSanAntonio.org.

Pride San Antonio gears up for big celebration
QSanAntonio, June 10, 2014

Organizers at Pride San Antonio are busy putting the final touches on plans for the city's annual Pride celebration, which this year falls on July 5. Additionally, Pride S.A. is sponsoring events before and after the big day. The theme of this year's celebration is "Freedom to Live, Freedom to Love."

Beneficiaries for this year's events are Fiesta Youth, GALA of San Antonio College, GLBTQ of University of Texas at San Antonio, Mujeres Unidas and PFLAG San Antonio.

Softball Tournament
The Pride Bigger Than Texas Softball Tournament is scheduled for June 21 and 22 at Lambert Beach Field at Brackenridge Park. Registration is $175 per team (12 players). Registration includes participant t-shirt and umpire fees for the first two games. Umpire fees for finals are the responsibility of the qualifying teams. Click here to for downloadable registration form & waivers.

Mr. and Miss San Antonio Pride Pageant
The Mr. and Miss San Antonio Pride Pageant will be held on Friday, June 20 at the Bonham Exchange at 10 p.m. Interested contestants should contact Sasha Taylor at pageant@pridesanantonio.org.

Grand Marshal Meet and Greet
Everyone is invited to meet the Grand Marshal of the Pride Parade on Friday, July 4 at the Bonham Exchange at 6 p.m.

Pride San Antonio Festival
The Pride festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 5 at Crockett Park. Entertainment headliners include: Shangela, drag queen, comedian, reality television personality and contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race; singer and song writer Christopher Anton of the synthpop band Information Society; and singer and songwriter Tom Goss.

Rainbow Dash
The Rainbow Dash 1 Mile Fun Run, which is sponsored by Iniguez Athletic Advertising and Promotions, will take place on July 5 at 8 p.m. along the parade route. Registration application and participant waiver must be completed and received by Pride San Antonio prior to the race along with online registration receipt. In person registration will be available the day of the race. Click here for more information and entry fees.

Krystal Kelly Running of the Queens High Heel Race
The High Heel Race is open to all and will be held on July 5 at 8:30 p.m. along the parade route.

Pride Parade
The Pride Bigger Than Texas Parade begins at 9 p.m. on July 5. The route begins at East Dewey and Main Street near the Silver Dollar Saloon and heads south to its end at Lexington Avenue near the Saint.

Pride SA Volleyball Tournament
Pride San Antonio's annual Sand Volleyball Tournament is slated for July 19 at 5 p.m. at Sideliners Grill, 15630 Henderson Pass. Registration is $15 per person (pre-registration, $20 day of tournament). There will be door prize give-aways and awards to the top the teams. Click here for more information.

Scary Fairy RainBoo 5K
The Scary Fairy RainBoo 5K is a family fun run-walk held in October. No date has yet been announced. The 5K is a family oriented event with age group awards and a costume contest. Contest awards will be given to the top three contestants. Click here for more information.

San Antonio Q Fest
San Antonio QFest International Film Festival meetings are planned for June 14 and 28 at Cafe College at 2 p.m. QFest is committed to bringing awareness of the LGBTQ community to the greater San Antonio region. To achieve this goal the festival showcases films which "illustrate the community being created for, by and about the LGBTQ community." San Antonio Q Fest is scheduled for July 24-27. No venue has yet been announced. Click here for more information.

Pride Meetings
Pride San Antonio general membership meetings are held on Wednesdays at Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Avenue, at 7:30.

For festival booth and parade registration and more information about these events, go to PrideSanAntonio.org.