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TBA Does SF Pride

Posted By Heren Patel, Marketing Resources Intern, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

As a Theatre Bay Area intern, I spent this last bright and sunny Sunday staffing the TBA booth at San Francisco's Gay Pride Festival. It was a lot of fun—I was excited to help out at Theatre Bay Area's first time at SF Pride. Our booth was located in the heart of the festival; I spent the day handing out show postcards, talking about different shows, and helping Pride-goers learn more about Theatre Bay Area. A lot of people were really interested in the Bay Area theatre scene—especially those who came from New York. Since New Yorkers tend to consider it the theatre capital of the world, I was surprised that many appreciated the theatre scene of the Bay Area. Most of those I spoke with said that the Bay Area is more of a community than New York is.

Being a native of San Francisco, arguably the LGBT Mecca of the world, I was captivated by the Pride festival. I have never been close to such an experience before; it was amazing. While talking to people at the TBA booth, I met Pride-goers from Scotland, London, and many other countries. I found it fascinating that participants would fly thousands of miles just to take part of a weekend event. There were so many things going on: extravagant costumes, drag queens, rave dancers, public kissers, bare bodies, and my favorite: bacon-wrapped hot dogs! All in all, my first time at Pride was a colorful and vibrant experience, and I was proud to be promoting TBA pink. 

We've got SF Pride: Lily Janiak, Katharine Chin, Emma Jaster and Brad Erickson at TBA's new event booth! You'll be seeing a lot more of us. 

Heren Patel
, an actor and Bay Area native, is Theatre Bay Area's marketing resources intern. 


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