Dr. Robert Ziegler
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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
here for more information.
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.