Memphis celebrates 17th annual Black Pride

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The official 17th Annual Memphis Black Pride celebration is set for Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19. This year’s theme is "Welcome to Sin City – what happens at Pride STAYS at Pride!"

On Thursday, festivities begin at 901 Entertainment Complex (136 Weaver) with male and female dancers. On Friday, mix and mingle at "Poker Face" in the host hotel, Holiday Inn Select – Memphis Airport (2240 Democrat Road) from 4-8 p.m. Later, 901 treats the girls to “Burlesque,” featuring female dancers, wet T-shirt contest and surprises all night long! And “Boys Behaving Badly” offers the guys male dancers, sexy underwear contest and more.

On Saturday, join Lady Bug in the host hotel for A Sin City Social with free food, giveaways and more, beginning at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m., cool off at the Toga Pool Party at the host hotel, featuring contests for best toga, sexy body and, of course, J-Setter competitions.

The party continues into the night at 901 with an all diva revue, hosted by Chicago’s own Otis Mack and featuring Coco LaBelle Thomas, the 901 divas and many special guests.

On Sunday, it is time to party at the park! Bring your tents and your grills and enjoy the day and music provided by D J Hanz. The location is to be determined. Finally, represent your house at the Casino Royale Mini Ball at 901. Categories and details are available at www.MemphisBlackPride.org.

Doors open at 10 p.m. for all 901 events; ID is required. For host hotel information and rates, contact Clay Martin at (901) 332-2401 or reservations@HIMemphisAirport.com.