Local bar to kick-off Reno Pride

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Carl’s the Saloon on South Virginia Street is hosting a ten day event to kick-off Reno Pride later this month. The first event will start this Friday. The bar said it’s important to honor areas of the community that tend to be underrepresented.

The bar’s manager Robert Simpson said, “We are definitely trying to focus on getting the groups that don't get a lot of representation in this town, like the lesbian group, the bisexual group, the transsexual group. While also still sticking to things that are well known in this town."

The bar’s partner, Ron Svasek said he is excited for the countdown. Simpson and Svasek hope the ten day celebration will educate the public about the LGBTQ community.

“We have this philosophy that every day is a day that a gay person should feel proud,” said Svasek. He continued, “It gives us the opportunity to celebrate every aspect.”

The week's events include:

• Pride Week Kickoff: Ask a Gay a Question, Panel Style Game Show. $1 per question with proceeds going to the Silver Dollar Court. Starts at 8pm – July 19

• Comstock Grizzlies represent the Bear Community 6 to 8pm Followed by Karaoke – July 20

• Drag Queen Bingo with prizes 4 to 8pm, plus Root Beer Float Special, Karaoke begins at 8pm – July 21

• Mai Tai Bi Pride Mixer with Bali Hai Rum and souvenir Tiki Mugs, All Day and Night – July 22

• Gay Games: Join us for all day fun and games inside and outside with $13 Beer Blast – July 23

• Carl’s Transgender all day Pride Celebration with Gay Trivia and Live DJ starting at 8pm – July 24

• Lesbian All Day Date Mixer, $1 off all drinks for the ladies, Karaoke begins at 8pm – July 25

• Carl’s Second Annual “Tuck and Cover Night” $1 off drinks for those in drag. Begins at 8pm. Performances encouraged. $100 prize for Best Performance, Consolation prizes for all performers, Live DJ, Opening of Carl’s Beer Garden – July 26

• Carl’s Pride Blast, Art Car from Pride Parade will be on display, $15 Beer Bust, Live DJ, Beer Garden – July 27

• Pride T-Dance 4 to 8pm, Live DJ, $13 Beer Bust, Karaoke at 9pm, Beer Garden – July 28

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