World Pride 2012 London in images and videos

World Pride 2012 London in images and videos  |  London, England  |  Last Saturday, we celebrated the World Gay Pride 2012  in London. We marched all along the city to Trafalgar Square, were the main stage was located. There are no official numbers yet of how many participated, but I must say that the procession (aka. Parade) the way the local authorities decided to call the march, was very successful, despite of all the organization, budget, permits problems that have been public for the last few weeks, and for which many were predicting this World Pride to be World Shame Pride. Continue reading World Pride 2012 London in images and videos

Happy World Pride 2012 London

20120707-083649.jpg Happy World Pride 2012 London | London, England | Happy World Pride 2012 London. CarlosMeliaBlog.com reporting live today frim the Parade and Smirnoff VIP tent. Special thanks to Visit Britain for the invite and lovely stay in London, Bath, Costwolds and Stratford upon Avon.CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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MANCHESTER PRIDE 2011 Parade

MANCHESTER PRIDE 2011 Parade  |  Manchester, UK  |  Today was the official 21st. Manchester Pride Parade, and I was there invited by Visit Manchester. We started around 12 noon and walk all around Manchester city escorting the genius and most infamous air hostess PAM ANN, all the way down to Manchester Gay Village. Check out the photos. Continue reading MANCHESTER PRIDE 2011 Parade

New York Gay Pride March 2011

New York Gay Pride March 2011 |  New York City |  This year more than ever, New York City celebrated its annual Gay Pride March that runs along 5th. Avenue from 36th. Street to the West Village. The main topic this year was of course the Same Sex Marriage bill approved hours before the March. This year, like I have done in Spain (Madrid) and Belgium (Antwerp), I got a March Media Pass, and here I brought to you the Pride March seen from within, documented with photos and videos. Continue reading New York Gay Pride March 2011

Gay Marriage Equality in New York City

Gay Marriage Equality in New York City | New York City | Today is a historic day and a victory for equality and justice – it is the culmination of many years of work by the Pride Agenda and others across the state. We are thrilled that finally, 30 days after the Governor signs the bill into law, all loving, committed New Yorkers will be able to make the commitment of marriage here in the Empire State. Today, we’re celebrating PRIDE with a bit more dignity and a bit more equality — but tomorrow, we have more work to do. We hope you’re up for it, because we definitely are! Continue reading Gay Marriage Equality in New York City

Happy PRIDE 2011 – It Gets Better

Happy PRIDE 2011 It Gets Better | BE PROUD + BE EQUAL |  I want to wish you all, friends, colleagues, followers, a HAPPY PRIDE 2011, regardless of your sexual orientation, walks of life, religion, culture. All EQUAL, together to celebrate the PRIDE of being who we are, without fear, discrimination or shame. It Gets Better. Happy Pride. CM

Pier 54 getting ready for Gay Pride NY

Pier 54 getting ready for Gay Pride NY | New York, Chelsea Piers |  And the count down began. The tents are up, the stage is being built and the trucks are on the pier unloading the music and light system, for next weekend Dance on the Pier 2011 event. Dance on the Pier takes place right after the Gay Pride MARCH which takes place along 5ht Avenue from 36th Street  ending at Christopher & Greenwich Streets. And this year it promises to be HUGE being the unofficial rumors around, that Gay Marriage will be approved in New York during the course of next week. So all the good reasons to go out celebrate an be proud. Continue reading Pier 54 getting ready for Gay Pride NY

NYC Pride is around the corner

NYC Pride is around the corner |  Manhattan, New York |  Believe it or not ladies and gentleman JUNE is here already. The snow melted away and the summer invites for the new summer styles and rocking looks. New York city is already getting its groove for the 2011 edition of the NYC Pride. (picture above is 5th. Avenue main landmark of the Pride March). Pride March, starts at 36th Street & 5th Avenue, ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets, Sunday, June 26th, 2011, stepping off at 12 noon, to commemorate and celebrate the Stonewall Riots, our lives, and our community, the March Committee is planning an exciting event with colorful floats, music, and community groups.
Some of the main official events are PrideFest (Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM), The Rally (NYC LGBT Pride Rally! The Rally will feature well-known performers and motivating speakers from the LGBT community to kick-off this year’s Pride Week events. Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 3:00 – 6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.), Rapture on the River (A Women’s Dance @ Pier 54, Saturday, June 25th, 2011, Extended earlier hours3:00 – 11:00 PM), Dance on the Pier (One of the main dance evenst with the suspense of every year of whom will be the live performer.  Sunday, June 26th, 2011, 2:00 – 10:30 PM, Fireworks @ Pier 54),  VIP RoofTop Party (NYC Pride & Rafferty/Mazur Events are bringing you the official VIP Rooftop party of NYC Pride 2011. Legendary DJ’s Dan De Leon & Tracy Young will be spinning all day at the newly renovated Hudson Terrace. Open SKYY vodka bar from 2-3p with specialty drink specials all day long. Water guns, hot boys in underwear, and delicious SKYY cocktails all while overlooking the greatest city in the world.) and many many more…. now for the unofficial list of events, tickets and hotel packages, feel free to contact me, but don’t wait much longer, New York city will be SOLD OUT. CM

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Gay Pride at The Peninsula Hotel New York

Gay Pride at The Peninsula Hotel New York |  New York City |  (Press Release) In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, The Peninsula New York has created the Peninsula Pride Package, designed for guests to celebrate this historical month in style.  Each year during the month of June, the city comes alive with parades and festivities to commemorate one of the foremost events in the history of gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced on June 28, 1969. The Peninsula New York is ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, in the heart of New York City’s most prestigious shopping, cultural, and business neighborhood, in Mid-town Manhattan. A 23-storey, 1905 landmark building, The Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Peninsula New York features 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites, decorated in a classic, contemporary style with art nouveau accents.

The Peninsula Pride Package includes overnight accommodations with daily American breakfast for two, a “rainbow-themed” welcome amenity in honor of the Pride flag, a complimentary one-way shuttle transfer to the LGBT Pride March on Sunday, June 26, 2011 (or to Chelsea on non-parade weekends) and a welcome kit from the hotel’s Concierge highlighting the “Top 10 Gay-friendly New York City Destinations.”  With weekend rates from U$D620 per night including special value-adds, guests enjoy a savings of 15% off normal rates.

The hotel’s Concierge Team can arrange for guests to take a historical walking tour of the West Village, learning about the Stonewall Riots and the role the neighborhood played in the gay rights movement.

In addition, The Peninsula New York is supporting LGBT Pride Month by donating U$D10 for each Peninsula Pride Package booked to benefit GMHC, the nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.
Peninsula Pride Package: Overnight accommodations for two + Daily American breakfast for two via Room Service or at Fives Restaurant + Welcome “rainbow-themed” amenity + One-way shuttle transportation to the Gay Pride Parade on June 26, 2011 (or to Chelsea on non-parade weekends) + Welcome packet from Concierge including “Top 10 Gay-friendly NYC Destinations” + Complimentary in-room wired and wireless high speed Internet access + Complimentary local telephone calls + Complimentary daily local newspaper + Complimentary use of the Fitness Center and Swimming Pool

Rate: from U$D620 per night
The rates are subject to 14.75% City and State tax, U$D 2 Occupancy tax and U$D 1.50 Unit tax per day. per room based on single or double occupancy. Validity: June 1 – 30, 2011
Terms and Conditions: Valid only for Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrival. The rate is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply. Advance reservations are required. One-way shuttle transportation is provided Friday through Sunday at 8:30 pm to a designated location is Chelsea and must be reserved in advance with the Concierge desk. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, programs or promotions, and is not valid for groups. All room rates are quoted on a per room per night and valid for single or double occupancy.

(*) This is a Press Release from The Peninsula Hotels. I have not yet stayed or reviewed the The Peninsula Hotel New York, so based on my own firm commitment at CarlosMeliaBlog.com of Been There Done That, in this case, I cannot personally endorse their services and overall experience.

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Chicago GAY PRIDE Package with SAX Chicago Hotel

Chicago GAY PRIDE Package with SAX Chicago Hotel |  Chicago, Illinois |  Heading to Chicago Gay Pride, or looking for a Pride 2011 destination, well the people at SAX Chicago – A Thompson Hotel together with CM by Carlos Melia, have put a great package for you to enjoy. Come an celebrate PRIDE in Chicago @ SAX Chicago Hotel ( JUNE 23-27, 2011). Rates from USD 189 (note that Best Available Regular rates online start at USD 271 per room). Package includes the following amenities: Exclusive guestroom signing privileges at Marina City Outlets to include: Crimson Lounge, House of Blues, Bin 36 Wine Bar, Smith & Wollensky, Harry Caray’s and 1o Pin Bowling Lounge. Preferred access to House of Blues Foundation Room through SAX Chicago Concierge. Complimentary access to The Studio: A Technology Experience featuring Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 Elite and Playstation 3. Complimentary Fitness Center, Morning Paper and Coffee Served in Lobby 5am-9am daily. SAX Chicago is an IGLTA and TAG Approved Property.
Sax Chicago, located in the heart of downtown Chicago, is a different luxury hotel experience: inviting and warm, offering luxury with a unique, Chicago point of view. The hotel features a fusion of design influences that is both traditionally elegant and bohemian. The hotel serves as hub to the pulsing Marina City playground, which includes the House of Blues Restaurant and Concert venue, Smith & Wollensky Steak House, 10Pin Bowling Lounge, Bin 36 Restaurant and Wine Cellar and Crimson Lounge. With 353 modern guestrooms and 14,000 square feet of event space, is more than a destination, its an experience.
Nestled within the Hotel Sax lobby, the Crimson Lounge is an intimate, enchanting nightclub. The lounge redefines the hotel bar with an eclectic drink menu and the best in Chicago music – Live Jazz and DJ driven pulses propel Crimson nightly. Voted one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago, Crimson offers secluded, private spaces for entertaining.
The Chicago House of Blues Foundation Room provides a unique setting for entertaining. Members will enjoy three Prayer Rooms, internationally collected architectural artifacts, original folk art, fine–dining, and live entertainment.

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