Pride season is here, when cities all over the world celebrate the LGBT community with parades, festivals, and (in some cases) back-to-our-roots demonstrations. Below, get the details on celebrations from coast to coast.
Anchorage PridePhoto by Monica Schipper/Getty Images
June 24, 2017
Anchorage Pride turns 40 this year, with a week of events including a Rainbow Run, Lube Wrestling and movie night. The annual parade kicks off June 24 at 11am on 9th & D Streets, followed by a PrideFest street festival featuring Bob the Drag Queen.
Pride Parade: Saturday, June 24 at 11am Festival: Saturday, June 24 at noon
Atlanta will host its 47th Pride festival October 13-15. As in years past, there will be a Dyke March and Trans March, as well as an all-day festival with music, food and entertainment. Performers have yet to be announced, but previous headliners include Taylor Dane, Sister Sledge, Colbie Caillat, and Meghan Trainor.
Trans March: October 14 at 1:45pm Dyke March: October 14 at 6pm Pride Parade: October 15 at noon
Baltimore PridePhoto by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images
Baltimore Pride, Maryland’s largest LGBT event, attracts more than 30,000 people. With a theme of “Pride Unleashed,” this year’s celebration takes place in Charles North and Station North, with an outdoor festival in Druid Hill Park. Big Freedia headlines the Saturday Block Party immediately following the parade.
Pride Parade: June 17 at 2pm
Boston PridePhoto by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage
This year’s Boston Pride parade—the largest procession of any kind in New England—kicks off at Copley Square and makes its way through downtown to City Hall. To commemorate the Pulse Orlando tragedy, organizers have invited survivors to attend. This year, Frenchie Davis and Lisa Lisa headline the Boston Pride Concert.
Pride Parade: June 10 at noon
Capital PridePhoto by John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp
The nation’s capital is home to one of the country’s fiercest Pride celebrations: TheCapital Pride parade sees thousands of onlookers line up along Dupont Circle. This year’s marshals are Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell, the National Black Justice Coalition’s Mandy Carter and San Diego Human Rights Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez.
On Sunday, Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, The Pointer Sisters, Vassy, and other performers take the stage at the 2017 Pride Concert in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Pride: Saturday, June 10, 4:30pm Festival: Sunday, June 11, 1pm
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Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is grand marshal of this year’s four-mile Chicago Pride Parade, which makes its way through Boystown on Sunday, June 25. The Pride Festival which takes place the week before, feature headliners Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston and Kristine W.
Festival: June 17-18 Parade: June 25 at noon
Dallas PridePhoto courtesy of Dallas Pride
September 16-17 Dallas’ first gay Pride parade in 1972 was a small affair drawing some 300 participants. In 1983, the Tavern Guild moved it from June date to the third Sunday in September—and renamed it “the Texas Freedom Parade” in celebration of a recent court ruling overturning Texas’ sodomy law. That verdict was later overturned, but the parade kept the name. In 1991, it was renamed the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade in honor of Alan Ross, the guild’s director and the man chiefly responsible for organizing the parade.
This year, Dallas Pride is a two-day celebration: The festival will be held on Saturday, September 16, with the parade and music festival the following day.
Festival: September 16 Parade: September 17 at 2pm
L.A. PrideChelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
June 10-11, 2017
Los Angeles Pride This year, L.A. Pride is hosting a Resistance March on Sunday, June 11, in response to the LGBT policies of the Trump administration. The march begins at Hollywood & Highland and continue into West Hollywood, followed by usical performances by Erika Jayne, Brandy, Chromeo, and more.
Resistance March: June 11 at 8am Festival: immediately following the march
Las Vegas PridePhoto by Barbara Maeker
Sin City’s PRIDE! nighttime parade traditionally takes place Downtown along 4th Street, one block from Las Vegas Boulevard.
This year’s festival performers have yet to be announced, but last year’s talent included Alec Mapa, Kristine W., and Ricky Rebel.
Pride Parade (not confirmed): Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans PridePhoto by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
June 9-11, 2017
New Orleans Pride, one of the nation’s few nighttime LGBT parades, draws more than 70,000 spectators to the French Quarter. The night before, though, the crowds hit Fired Up, a disco dance party hosted by Jake Shears and Johnny Scruff and featuring DJs Honey Dijon, Vicki Powell and Mark O’Brien. If you’ve still got strength after that, Family Equality Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens is on June 11.
Parade: June 10 at 7:30pm
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June 18, 2017
Philly Pride kicks off with a block party on June 16 at 12th and Locust Streets. PrideDay, the LGBT Pride parade and festival, begins in the heart of the Gayborhood at 13th and Locust Streets at 11:30am, proceeding through Center City and Philadelphia’s historic district to Penn’s Landing.
Nancy and Beth (a.k.a. Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) are this year’s entertainment headliners, and are joined by Azra, Jason Maek and Zaena, and comedian Sandra Vallis.
Parade Date: June 18 at 11:30am.
Pridefest Milwaukee turns the big 3-0 this year and Randy Rainbow, Betty Who, Steve Grand, Todrick Hall, and 10,000 Maniacs will be on hand to help blow out the candles.
Pride parade: June 11 at 2pm.
New York City PridePhoto by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
June 21-26, 2014
For the first time in New York City Pride history, the March will be televised, bringing 350 marching contingents and more than 2 million spectators to audiences in the tristate area. Grand Marshals include trans firefighter Brooke Guinan, GMHC’s Krishna Stone, the ACLU, and Geng Le, a Chinese activist and founder of the dating app Blued.
The event kicks off June 25 at noon, making its way down Fifth Avenue and ending up in the West Village, not far from Stonewall.
On the entertainment side, organizers are shaking things up a bit with Pride Island, a three-day concert experience featuring headliners like Nelly Furtado, Patti LaBelle, Roisin Murphy, Tegan and Sara, Years and Years and others. LeAnn Rimes headlines PrideFest, the annual street fair held at the march’s end, while the music superstar performing at the legendary Dance on the Pier is still a closely held secret.
Pride Island: June 23-25 Pride March: June 25 at noon
San Francisco PridePhoto by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images
At the 47th annual San Francisco Pride parade, dozens of floats and more than 30,000 people make their way along Market Street. (Grand marshals include activists Chris Carnes, Amy Sueyoshi and Danielle Castro, and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.)
Live performances take place all weekend, with Australian pop star Betty Who headlining on Sunday. (Other performers include Cazwell, Madame Gandhi and MVMNT)
MainStage performances: June 24-25, noon-6pm
Parade: June 24 at 10:30am
Seattle PrideNate Gowdy Photography
The 43rd annual Seattle Pride Parade sashays from Fourth Avenue down to Second Avenue near Seattle Center.
On June 10, the Volunteer Park Pride Festival welcomes performances by Big Dipper, Double Duchess, SassyBlack, Sisters and others
Festival: June 10 at 7pm Parade: June 25 at 11am