Youth Pride: June 28th, Baxter Arena
Pride Parade: June 29th, 10 AM, Old Market, Omaha
Pride Festival: June 29th, Noon, Baxter Arena. Doors open at 1:30.
2019 Parade Route & Details
About the 2019 Theme
Just after 3 a.m., on June 29 1969, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn—a New York City gay club—turns violent as patrons and local sympathizers begin rioting against the police.
This was followed by several days of demonstrations and was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations.
It’s also regarded as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for homosexuals. On June 29th 2019, Heartland Pride will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBT+ liberation.
Stay tuned for more information throughout the year.
Co-Grand Marshall & Youth Pride Guest Speaker
Daniel is our Co-Grand Marshall and Youth Pride Guest Speaker. He is an American actor, writer, director, comedian and activist best known for his roles in director Larry Clark’s Bully and as the creator of several live comedy shows including the 2011 rock opera Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera! and his one-man stand-up performance I’ve Never Really Made the Kind of Money to Become a Mess.
After publicly revealing his sexuality in 2014, he became more active in the fight for civil and human rights in the LGBTQ community; and through his portrayal of the HIV-positive character Eddie in the second season of the HBO series Looking, and its subsequent series finale television film, Looking: The Movie, he has become a well known AIDS activist. In 2015 he became an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Probably most well known for his portrayal of Damian in Mean Girls, we are so excited to have Daniel at our 2019 Pride festival and Parade!
Arisce Wanzer is a transgender supermodel, three times featured in Vogue Magazine, and more widely known for her role in the GLAAD award winning reality series ‘Strut’. She is the current face of Truvada and hosts her own LGBTQ dating segments on Grindr’s YouTube channel called ‘What the Flip’ and ‘Looking.’ She hosted the first over sold out Los Angeles LGBTQ pride festival has a regular stand-up act at the world famous Comedy Store.
At an astounding twenty-one years of age, our first musician combines her observant and mature outlook on life, love, and music to write amazing, memorable songs that stick in your head. Her music and riveting live performances have the ability to capture an audience in a way few can. Whether it’s just a hand full of people or a crowd of thousands, she connects.
We are so proud to announce, Omaha’s sweetheart, BMG artist, you can download her new single Speak Up.
Dominique Morgan & Enjoli
Our next acts are Omaha natives, who have been heralded as the voice of Omaha, and a treasure in our community. Collectively, they have each sold out numerous shows, and opened for chart topping artists. Seeing them individually live is an experience and moment in time, and performing for the first time together on our Heartland Pride stage, are Dominique Morgan, Enjoli, and their band Timeless.
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Our next performer placed 10th in season 8 of RuPauls Drag Race, and was crowned Miss Congeniality.
Known for her positive energy and genuine heart that caught Mama Ru’s eye and earned herself a “second chance” at RuPaul’s Drag Race as was invited back for Season 9 (only the second queen in Herstory to be invited back) and coincidentally, she has been given a second chance at life as well: Currently in remission after surviving stage 1 liver cancer, and bringing her Puerto Rican Cucu to the stage, Heartland Pride 2019 is thrilled to have Cynthia Lee Fontaine perform!
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7
Long before she held court as a finalist on season 7 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” our next performer reigned as The Comedy Queen of The South from her homebase in Orlando, Florida. The self-professed “nicest bitch you’ll ever meet” cites classic funny ladies Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols. “Anyone who can pile three wigs on their head, squeeze their body into a beaded and rhinestoned gown and serve humor alongside the glamour is my hero,”. She coined the phrase “Glamour Toad” to describe her unique persona. After spending the past year and a half touring the world, performing showtunes for Broadway royalty on national television and recording her debut studio album, and on Season Two of Drag Race all stars, Heartland Pride is excited to welcome Ginger Minj to this years amazing lineup!
Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, raised in Beijing China, and educated at the Berkley College of Music, this LA-based electro rock/pop artists music has been described as “the straightforward confessions of a young emerging singer-songwriter, introducing an emotionally introspective side of his artistic psyche”. With no-holds-barred production and stratospherically ambitious vocal delivery, he offers a fresh but accessible take on what a queer pop artist can be in the 21st century. His debut EP “Brainchemistry” debuted in the top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts and Heartland Pride is thrilled to have ZEE MACHINE!
Better known as Queen Diva, this years headliner was recently featured in Drake’s Nice for What hit song, and his In My Feelings music video.
Known as the Queen of Bounce, Beyoncé also used her voice to open her 2016 “Formation” World Tour. After running the New Orleans club scene for over two decades, she took her bounce movement to the worldwide stage with one of the highest rated reality shows on FUSE.
A festival favorite and often known to steal the show, we know her twerk team will have the Heartland up and dancing for her entire set. We can’t wait to welcome Big Freedia to the Heartland Pride 2019 Festival.
Outdoor Activities & Beer Tent
$ FREEno ticket requiredOutdoor festival grounds includes:
beer tent, food trucks, karaoke, outdoor games, and more.
General Admission (in advance)Discounted Pre-purchase Tickets
$ 12per ticketFestival tickets includes access to vendor exhibitions, kids corner, 18+ only area (on Holland Ice Rink), all shows in the arena and more. Tickets can be purchased at the Baxter Arena box office, or online (Ticketmaster Fees Extra for online orders). $18.00 day of.
General Admission (at door)
$ 18per ticketFestival tickets includes access to vendor exhibitions, 18 and older only (Holland Ice Rink), and all shows in the arena.
$ 50per ticketIncludes Meet-and-Greet with select performers, VIP parking, 2 free drink tickets, and VIP Lounge and bar access (short lines) with complimentary snack bar. Must be purchased online.
Only 275 190 available.
VIP Ticket, with Headliner Meet & Greet
$ 75per ticketIncludes Meet-and-Greet with Big Freedia, VIP parking, 2 free drink tickets, and VIP designated bar area (short lines). Must be purchased online.
Only 25 available.