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Let’s get this party started. One of the most universally adored unofficial events is coming back to Anaheim this year for its 20th annual celebration. “Gay Days,” started originally in 1998, kicks off this Friday for a weekend of unadulterated gay pride celebration in Disneyland.
“Gay Days” will span both Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney with a variety of events ranging from pool parties, live music, brunches, shows and dancing. Some events require tickets, so it’s best to refer to the event schedule provided by the organizers for times and details.
Activities and events will also feature special guests such as in the late-night event, “Kingdom.” Taking place on Oct. 6 in Disneyland, the DJ set and dance party is the official centerpiece of the “Gay Days” weekend. From 9pm to 1am, “Gay Days” participants can expect appearances by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” personalities Mayhem Miller, Mariah Balenciaga and Delta Work at Highway 39. Admission is $50, and audience members must be 18 years and older.
Vendors will also provide limited addition pride treats in celebration of the event such as rainbow cookies, rainbow sprinkles “World of Color” rainbow rice crispy treats.
“Gay Days” participants are recommended to wear red. “Red stands out in the crowd. Because the park is open to everyone, it’s easiest to identify one another if we’re all wearing the same color. And while we don’t consider the event political in any way, a sea of red shirts does make a lasting impression on all who see it,” says the “Gay Days” Anaheim website.
Event runners do offer official “Gay Days” t-shirts, however, it’s not a requirement. Those not decked out in red are still welcome to join in the events. The event is open for anyone who wants to participate, open to people both in and out of the LGBTQ+ community. The event is known to draw a significant crowd to the park, so if you plan on visiting Disneyland Anaheim during “Gay Days,” this app might help you cheat the long lines.
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