Dallas Gay Pride is getting an interesting twist this year, in a PDF file (download pdf here) recently released by the Dallas Tavern Guild (the people that put on the Alan Ross Dallas Pride Parade), there will now be a $5 charge for entry into Lee Park. This has long been a traditional end to the festivities with the parade ending in Lee Park and the annual march down by parade attendees.
The PDF document states the following, “This year we will fence in Lee Park and there will be a small general admission fee of $5.00 per person to attend the festival. We will also add these restrictions to our festival. No coolers allowed in the park. No alcohol brought into the park and no glass containers in the park.”
However it does mention this little tid bit that I found interesting, “There have also been multiple incidents with hard liquor being brought into the park. We have no permit for anything alcoholic except beer and so we would be in violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission laws on alcohol in public spaces. That could cause us to lose our permit for future festival celebrations.”
Does this mean that this year we will be charged to get into a park, and then sold beer on top of it when typically we could bring our own? I am also wondering what this does to the whole nature of pride, sure there are many intoxicated people at Lee Park, but there are also many families who may not want to pay the cover. I am just not so sure that a cover is the answer.
This hasn’t been the latest in Drama surrounding the gay community with events at Lee Park. There was also the recent Easter in the Park drama which has since been solved. What do you guys think of these new rules and the $5 fee to get in?