Entertainment lineup, parade route announced for TriPride Festival

J. H. Osborne • Updated Aug 14, 2019 at 9:19 AM

KINGSPORT — The entertainment lineup of local, regional and nationally recognized entertainers for this year’s TriPride Festival includes headliners Eureka O’Hara and the band Porch 40.

TriPrideTN announced the lineup on Tuesday for what will be the region’s second annual TriPride Parade and Festival. The event, held in Johnson City last year, will come to downtown Kingsport on Saturday, Sept. 7.

“Our goal was to select performers who would entertain everyone in attendance, from younger folks to adults of all ages,” said TriPrideTN board member Rob Batot.

Porch 40 has performed at the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Orange Peel in Asheville and the Fillmore in Charlotte, according to a press release from the organization. It described the band as bringing a hip take on modern rock and pop with funky undertones that highlight their clever arrangements.

TriPride’s comedy headline act is a Tri-Cities success story: the Elephant Queen, Eureka O’Hara — a breakout star nationally after her success on television’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” during seasons 9 and 10.

Other acts on the TriPride stage will be the voices of the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, the band Ladybirds, and several lip-sync acts by regional drag queens.

Event activities are slated to take place on West Market, Clay and Clinchfield streets.

Based on attendance and participation last year, organizers said they expect a large turnout for the TriPride Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street, starting at Island Street, proceeding toward Clinchfield and ending at the festival location at Clay.

Free and open to the public, the festival will start immediately after the parade (roughly noon) and go until 7 p.m.

The event will feature 19 local food trucks along with a wide selection of alcoholic and soft beverages. A Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition will be held, featuring cash awards for winning artists.

TriPrideTN welcomes the support of the region and the countless hours of volunteer time and significant sponsor financial support that are making this year’s parade and festival possible. TriPrideTN, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity formed in 2017 whose purpose is to organize and present a free community Pride festival and parade.

For more information, visit www.tripridetn.org or visit the group’s Facebook page.