December 17, 2013
December 17, 2013 PRIDE SIMPLIFIES TICKETS; ALL FESTIVAL ATTENDEES GET TWO-DAY ACCESS San Diego, CA - San Diego LGBT Pride has announced it is simplifying festival ticket pricing and increasing access to the annual two-day celebration attended by tens of thousands in Balboa Park. Instead of different prices for early bird tickets, one-day tickets, two-day tickets, and tickets for select groups such as seniors, students, and military, tickets for all guests will be $20, and all will be two-day passes. Volunteers and youths aged 15 and under will continue to receive free admission. Those who previously bought a two-day pass for $30 will now pay only $20 for a two-day pass. Those who previously bought a one-day pass for $20 will now get a two-day pass for the same price. “People who buy a festival ticket should be able to get in as often as they’d like all weekend, and people shouldn’t have to figure out what type of ticket they need to buy,” said Stephen Whitburn, San Diego Pride’s general manager. “This is much simpler: it’s 20 bucks for the whole weekend, and that includes all eight entertainment stages including our headlining performers.” Whitburn noted that next year will be San Diego Pride’s 40th anniversary. “Everyone involved wants the 2014 Pride Festival to be one people will always remember,” Whitburn said. “We’re working on a lot of new additions that I think people are going to love.” Pride’s 40thAnniversary Festival will be Saturday, July 19 from 12 noon – 10 pm and Sunday, July 20 from 11 am – 8 pm at Marston Point in Balboa Park (Sixth Ave. and Laurel St.) The festival features more than 150 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, over 250 exhibitors, cultural presentations, great food, and endless people watching. A charitable non-profit, San Diego LGBT Pride uses festival proceeds to fund year-round community giving, which this year totaled $146,000. Founded in 1974, San Diego LGBT Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is: Fostering pride in, and respect for, all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally.