Vallarta Pride 2014 featured a concert by the Tucson Arizona Men's Chorus Reveille. This group performed May 23, 2014 at Act 2 Main Stages and many were hosted by Blue Chairs Hotel. Here are some comments from some group members about the trip.
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First Tenor and Reveille board member (ten years with the chorus)
"I found this trip [to Puerto Vallarta] particularly rewarding: I was here in 2007, when the inspiration came for a PV Men's Chorus and to return now and watch them perform... magic!
"My husband, Michael Monyak and I, have been to PV about 10 times over the past 11 years. We love it here and plan to semi-retire, then possibly retire here permanently. We have traveled all over the world and extensively in the Caribbean and Latin America and always end up coming back to PV because of the gay community here. We both have very busy and stressful jobs (I am a professor at the Univ of Arizona in Tucson and Michael is deputy director of Border Action Network), so when we come down here, we usually do just about nothing except lie on the beach and go into town for dinner. There are not many places you can go to relax and spend time with your community in such a beautiful environment."
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"Reveille had a blast in PV! Singing and interacting with the PVMC was definitely the highlight. Some of the guys got there early and a few are still there, adding on some vacation time in addition to their commitment with the Chorus. All-in-all it was a fantastic experience that not only brought OUR chorus closer together as a group but also again, was such a treat for us to be able to meet and interact with PVMC!
This was my first time in PV. I LOVED IT! The city was beautiful and the people (those in the PV Men's Chorus and otherwise) were wonderful- very welcoming and open. I went to a number of restaurants while in PV. Espresso, the restaurant at Blue Chairs, Coco's Kitchen, and Fusion. I did a little shopping- mostly at independent vendors along the Malecon and nearby. A group of us visited the Botanical Gardens, and I also went to the beach and the pool at Molino de Agua (I was staying with Joyce Ericson). Beyond that, I was pretty busy between our performance/rehearsals and participating in the Pride Parade.
"The Pride Parade was a lot of fun and the entertainment at the stage afterward was great too. In Tucson, I am a part-time Computer Instructor with the Pima County Public Library. I've been a Librarian for over 20 years, working in both college and public libraries, and am presently working toward a full time professional Librarian position with PCPL. I would LOVE to return! We'll see. I expect I probably will if Reveille goes back".
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"It was definitely my first time in PV, my first time in Mexico outside of a quick jump over the border line in Tijuana, which, you know, doesn't really count. I definitely hit up a number of restaurants: Blue Shrimp, Coco's, Joe Jack's, a taco stand or two, Espresso Ristorante. I didn't do too much shopping and I really regret missing the botanical gardens, which I heard [is] terrific, but, to be honest, swimming in the warm water and sipping drinks on the beach just got the better of me. I did go out to the bars a few nights, which was definitely fun.
"Between our show and the above mentioned relaxation, I didn't hit too many events, but I definitely enjoyed the parade, I got to see a different part of the city and of course there was a lot of great sights in the parade too. Almost certainly I will return. Hopefully with Reveille, but even if not, I had a blast and would definitely come back again! Back home in Arizona I'm a professor of Classics at the University of Arizona".
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