July 1, 2008 at 6:28 am (Hollywood Store, Times Square Store) (, , )

So from the west coast to the east coast we helped celebrate the annual Pridefest celebrations! Up in San Fran we had a big Ford F250 outfitted with a sound system and fully decorated in Virgin flair. At 10am we hit the parade route driving behind Cyndi Lauper’s convertible on the parade route. The parade was a lot of fun – as our own DJ “The Voice of Virgin” Dave, did an awesome job on the back of the truck, hyping up Cyndi’s new album in between tracks that he played, and talking to the crowd. Our 4 Virgin staffers walking beside the truck also were key – they passed out swag bags and fliers to the parade crowds that screamed the loudest for us. Several times throughout the morning people came up to us or just screamed from the crowd, “We love Virgin Megastore!” The weekend provided many challenges for our Pridefest team – from flight cancellations, run-ins with the cops, taxi drivers who didn’t know their way around the city, and having to drive a Ford F250 in San Francisco with road closures – but most importantly it was a lot of fun for both our staff and the crowds. Below see pictures of Ms. Lauper and crowd, along with our own April Windsor showing off our Virgin Ford F250! Out in NYC it was also a great weekend as our Union Square store held it’s 2nd annual Pride Fest celebration to tie in to the city’s parade and events. We were happy to have Peppermint – Drag Queen of the Year back as our host again this year. See below for some pics of the event!



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June 28, 2008 at 9:13 am (Upcoming Events) (, , )

To help mark the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade we’re hosting a Virgin Megastore booth at the two day event in San Fran – we’ll be offering quite a bit of music, DVDs and fashion items. You can also look for our truck in the parade on Sunday – we’ll be following Cyndi Lauper while we jam to her new album “Bring Ya To The Brink.”

In NYC we also have some cool things planned as it’s our 2nd year to be involved in the Pridefest there. Starting on Saturday at noon at our Union Square store we have quite a line up of performers including: Ari Gold, Joi Cardwell, Jason Walker, Brian Kent, and more. Also on hand will be some of the hottest porn stars, including Porn Studio “Raging Stallion”, to sign copies of their films and meet their fans. Starting at Noon DJ Max Rodriguez will kick off the Pride festivities to celebrate the release of his new PRIDE 2008 from Centaur Entertainment. To keep things rolling right along we’ve asked our hostess and HX DRAG Queen of the Year, Peppermint, to come back for the second year and join our festivities! Virgin is also happy to be the sponsor of HX’s Pride Float which will be featured in this year’s Gay Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28. We’ve been told that Jake Deckard, Steve Cruz, Damien Crosse and Antonio Biaggi are all slated to be at the cities events as well! Should be a great weekend.
Here is some additional info on Pridefest in San Francisco in case you need it —
Hope to see you out there!

About the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration
San Francisco Pride has been said to be “one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage.” This year marks the 38th anniversary of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is, “United by Pride, Bound for Equality.” The event will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2008 in the Civic Center of downtown San Francisco.

With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and 19 stages and venues, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest LGBT gathering in the nation.

The two-day event is packed with a wide variety of vendors, artists, music in a variety of genres, performers, dance stages and venues, and fun. There really is something here for everyone.

The Celebration at Civic Center is also host to our Main Stage where this year you can catch Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Inaya Day, Kat DeLuna, and Crystal Waters.
Our Latin Stage with the best national and international performances taking place on our community stages – our third year stages include the Trans Stage and Homo Hip Hop – as well as our veteran stages, the Asian and Pacific Islander Stage, NectArena Women’s Stage, Soul of Pride African American Stage, Latin stage and more! We also have gathering spaces for the Clean & Sober community, kids, elders, and the Deaf & hard-of-hearing.

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