Pride Charlotte this weekend. Party time baby.

Originally posted at Q-Notes’ InsideSource blog

Pride Charlotte is this weekend. The Q-Notes staff and I are expecting to see you at the day festival on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Uptown’s Gateway Village. But did you know the weekend was full of partying, too?

Friday night beckons the beginning of the prideful weekend with the Miss Pride Charlotte Pageant hosted by Sabrina Love at Velocity. Special guest judge, “Queer as Folk” star Peter Paige, who played the always memorable Emmet Honeycutt, will also be guest for Love’s “Intimate Night with Peter Paige” immediately following the pageant. Doors open at 10 p.m., the pageant starts at 11 p.m.

And after a full day’s sun at Gateway Village on Saturday, everyone will need a place to cool down and catch a few drinks in the evening time. Clubs and bars across the entire Queen City have jumped in on Pride Charlotte’s Out on the Town. Sidelines, Hartigans, The Woodshed, Liaisons, Velocity, the Charlotte Eagle and more… they’ll all be hopping! You’ll have to pick up a copy of this year’s Pride Charlotte Pride Guide for all the details on Saturday night’s fun. On Sunday, don’t forget about Hartigan’s Pride Sunday Recovery Brunch; that party’ll start at Noon.

SKYY Vodka sent me some great recipes for some special Pride Charlotte mixing:

We all know and most of us love the symbolic flag created by Gilbert Baker for the San Francisco Gay Pride in 1978. The treasured symbol for the GLBT community became the popular gay unifier replacing the imposed pink triangle of the Hitler regime. Since its conception, the united colors have inspired countless reincarnations of the rainbow banner, with the best known being the 1 ¼ mile long flag that calls Key West its home.

During this weekend’s Pride festivities, reinvigorate the spirit of the rainbow with a colorful array of SKYY cocktails at your celebration of the community. A rainbow flag of cocktails this pride season is the perfect combination of décor and delectable!

The “six bold colors of SKYY cocktails” are below. I’ll certainly be trying some out this weekend. Hope you enjoy. I know I will be.

Go ahead and click the read more button for the recipes. You know you want to.

SKYY Twist and Twirl
2 oz SKYY Vodka
1/2 oz raspberry pucker
3 oz cran-raspberry juice
Mix all ingredients together with crushed ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge.

SKYY Gimme Me More
2 oz SKYY Vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
3 oz strawberry mango juice
Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker and serve in a rocks glass.
Garnish with a whole strawberry.

SKYY Do Ask, Do Tell
2 oz SKYY Vodka
2 oz lemonade
2 oz 7-up
Mix all ingredients over ice in a shaker and serve in a rocks glass.
Garnish with a slice of star fruit.

SKYY Lez is More
1 1/2oz SKYY Vodka
1 oz creme de menthe
1 oz baileys irish cream
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with an orange peel curl.

SKYY Blue Eyed Boy
2 oz SKYY Vodka
1 oz blue curacao
1/2 squeezed lime
3 oz sprite or 7up
Shake all ingredients in a shaker and pour into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garish with a slice of pear.

SKYY Pretty in Purple
2 oz SKYY Vodka
1 and 1/2 oz pomegranate juice
1/2 oz blue curacao
Shake all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange slice.

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