Pride Month: 40 Years of Native Pride with Felipe Rose of the Village People

Vincent Schilling / Felipe Rose strikes a pose after 40 years of success as the Native American of the Village People.

Vincent Schilling

Pride Month Photos: 40 Years of Native Pride with Felipe Rose of the Village People

40 Years of Native Pride with Felipe Rose and the Village People: Entertained Hampton Roads Pride Festival audience this past weekend.

Felipe Rose says he can hardly believe it’s been forty years since he first was dancing at a nightclub in New York’s Greenwich Village and was approached to create the most iconic disco band ever known in American Pop culture, The Village People.

Felipe Rose (Taino and Lakota) has long brought entertainment to the world, and after 40 years with the Village People, over 100 million albums sold, and performances in every continent in the world, Rose says he now feels “better than ever.”

“We are always so happy to be here among such amazing people. There is so much great energy here during the Hampton Roads Pride celebration and Pride month. It is such a great place to end up after literally touring all over the world these past few months,” said Rose.

Below: Felipe Rose takes selfie with Fred Jones (Cherokee) from Alexandria, Virginia. Photo by Vincent Schilling, posted by Felipe Rose on his Instagram account.

During the Hampton Roads Pride celebration on June 16th and 17th, which included LGBT history activities and exhibits, an all-day dance stage, the nation’s only Pride Boat Parade and non-profit and informational vendors at Downtown Norfolk’s Town Point Park, The Village People were also joined by singer and performer Martha Wash (It’s Raining Men.)

Among the VIP crowd invited to the event was former Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine. “I am very excited to be here. Events like this really show that we are capable of progress and we are making progress. There is so much more we have to do and we have to get the perspective that it is possible and that’s what events like this show,” he said.

Felipe Rose says even after 40 years, performing is one of the greatest things to do. Felipe Rose said Saturday’s celebration was a great day and a great performance. “I love what I do so much. I was on fire!”

All photos below are by ICMN’s Vincent Schilling.

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