Hangin’ with Kawika to Talk Tacoma Pride

Since I’ve been adding more to this blog lately, I thought I’d throw a few questions at my bar buddy downstairs Kawika. This guy has been a big part of organizing this year’s block party on St. Helens between 6th and 7th Avenue. Attendance last year was projected to be as much as 7,000… and Cazwell wasn’t even there!

Old Buddies with Cazwell

I heard Kawika was friends with Cazwell back in the day. When I asked him about it earlier he said he had spent time partying and being a club kid up in Seattle. There, he saw Cazwell perform as the opening act for a band called Fannypack at Neumos.

Place for Seattleites to Chill for a Day

Kawika sees Tacoma Pride as a relaxed party for Seattleites and suburbanites alike to attend. The plan is to serve Delegat’s wine. Kawika says half the proceeds are going to fight for marriage equality, “it’s not such a problem here anymore, but it’s still going on other places.”

Extra Queens

New queens have been added to the lineup–they’re not mentioned in the flyer: Olivia Lagarce and Donatella Howe. Kawika said they’re scheduled to be on from 5 to 6 p.m.

When talking about the queens, Kawika mentioned “Alexa Manila is an empress.” She’s spent a lot of time performing with contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, especially last year’s winner from Seattle: Jinkx Monsoon.

There has been a crash pad/dressing room secured in the historic Webster building during the show.

Parking Tips

You’re probably wondering where you might put a car in Tacoma while you visit for Pride… besides the obvious taking a bus or train to Tacoma Dome Station which also offers free parking and light rail service. Broadway St. offers a lot of options, especially by party mansion David’s on Broadway. Kawika recommended parking on Market next to Tacoma Comedy Club. He also mentioned using the secured parking at Pacific Plaza by the IGA, which is near the light rail station.

If you need a cab it doesn’t get any better than the local Aloha Cab Company: (253) 428-9999, assuming you wouldn’t just take the light rail to the Best Western at the Tacoma Dome.

Google Maps directions from the Block Party to Tacoma Dome Station.

Favorite Cazwell Tune?

Haha! Kawika immediately names “It’s All Over Your Face.” Cazwell’s early hit featuring Amanda Lepore. He was surprised to see his old buddy’s track featured in Not Another Gay Movie–which was only the beginning.

For more info check out their website at: http://tacomapride.org/pride_block_party
For more of a family affair, check out Out in the Park.
Oh and guess where to find out more about other Tacoma Pride Events? It’s here: http://tacomapride.org/

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