Tempe, Arizona Welcomes Visitors to Phoenix Pride Celebration

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Tempe Provides Lodging, Shopping, Dining & Entertainment For Phoenix Pride Attendees

The Phoenix Pride Celebration comes once again to Arizona April 18-19. Tempe's central location, welcoming atmosphere and access to Phoenix Pride via METRO Light Rail makes it a prime spot for celebration attendees to stay and relax.

The Phoenix Pride Celebration parade will kick-off the festivities at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. Afterwards, Steele Indian School Park will host more than 250 shopping and informational exhibitors including multiple entertainment stages, an art expo, outdoor dance floors and international fare. Ida Corr and Deborah Cox headline the Festival Stage Saturday evening, while the Cliks and internationally acclaimed rock band Gin Blossoms take the stage Sunday. Festivities take place from noon-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 for a weekend pass and $15 for a single-day pass. They can be purchased at http://www.pride-festival.org/ and at the gate.

Phoenix Pride was held in Tempe from 1991-1997 and Tempe still has strong ties to the event. The Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is an exhibitor at Phoenix Pride, promoting Tempe as an LGBT-welcoming destination. The Tempe CVB staff will provide prize giveaways and hand out information about Tempe attractions, shopping and dining opportunities.

After the Phoenix Pride Celebration, attendees are encouraged to visit Tempe's Mill Avenue via METRO Light Rail. Popular destinations include local breweries, patio dining, live music and dancing. Tempe features several TAG Approved® hotels accessible via METRO Light Rail: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Tempe and Courtyard by Marriott Tempe Downtown. There are METRO stops just outside of the Phoenix Pride Celebration at Central Avenue and Indian School Road. METRO Light Rail passes are $1.25 for one ride and $2.50 for an all day pass.

For more information about Phoenix Pride please visit http://www.phoenixpride.org. For more information about the Tempe CVB, please call 1-800-283-6734 or visit http://www.LGBTinTempe.com.

About Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization devoted to marketing Tempe, Arizona as a desirable visitor and group destination site. The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau's mission is to also provide visitors, media professionals and meeting planners with information on hotels, restaurants, entertainment and local points of interest. To learn more about Tempe, Arizona please call 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 or visit us at http://www.tempecvb.com.

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