Your Guide To Pride 2017

When, where and who's headlining?

Pride season has arrived. Of course, this means cities all over the country will be celebrating LGBT equality (and in some cases this year, a bit of back-to-our-roots protesting).

Here, in no particular order, we’ve broken down what’s being planned for some of the biggest U.S. festivals:

  • Atlanta Pride

    meghan trainor pride atlanta

    Atlanta will host its 47th Pride festival October 13-15. Like past years, there will be the annual Dyke March and Trans March, as well as an all-day festival with music, food and entertainment. Headliners have yet to be announced, but previous performers include Taylor Dane, Sister Sledge, Colbie Caillat, and Meghan Trainor (above).

    Trans March: October 14 at 1:45 p.m. Dyke March: October 14 at 6 p.m. Pride Parade: October 15 at 12 p.m.

  • Baltimore Pride

    Big Freedia
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    June 17-18

    Baltimore Pride, Maryland’s largest LGBT event attracts more than 30,000 people. This year “Pride Unleashed”, as it is called, will take place in the Charles North and Station North communities, with the festival set up in Druid Hill Park. Big Freedia (above) headlines the Saturday Block Party immediately following the parade.

    Pride Parade: June 17 at 2 p.m.

  • Boston Pride

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    June 10-11

    This year’s Pride parade—the largest parade of any kind in New England—kicks off at Copley Square and makes its way through downtown Boston to City Hall. To commemorate the Pulse Orlando, organizers have invited a number of the tragedy’s survivors to march.

    Frenchie Davis, finalist from The Voice, and 80s pop singer Lisa Lisa (above) will headline the festival.

    Pride Parade: June 10 at noon

  • Capital Pride

    Miley Cyrus
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    June 10-11

    Of course there will be a Capital Pride, Washington, D.C. parade. Thousands of onlookers line up along the 1.5-mile parade route through Dupont Circle and join this year’s Parade Marshals Jim Obergefell (of the historic Supreme Court case on same-sex marriage), Mandy Carter (National Coordinator of the Bayard Rustin Commemoration Project of the National Black Justice Coalition), and San Diego Human Rights Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

    What we are most excited about, however, is the lineup of performers hitting the MainStage on Sunday: Miley Cyrus (above), Tinashe, The Pointer Sisters, Vassy, and many more.

    Pride Parade: Saturday, June 10, 4:30 p.m. Festival: Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m.

  • Chicago Pride

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    June 25

    Orange Is the New Black star, Lea DeLaria (above) will be Grand Marshal of this year’s 4-mile Chicago Pride Parade through Boystown on Sunday, June 25. The Pride Festival which takes place the week before, feature headliners Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, Kristine W., and more.

    Festival Dates: June 17-18 (ongoing) Parade Date: June 25 at noon

  • Dallas Pride

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    Photo courtesy of Dallas Pride

    September 16-17

    Dallas Pride is a two-day celebration. New for 2017, the Festival will be held on Saturday, September 16 with the Lakewood Brewing Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (whew!) as well as the Miller Lite Music Festival in the Park on the following day.

    Parade Date: September 17 at 2 p.m. Festival: September 16, ongoing

  • L.A. Pride

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    June 10-11, 2017

    Los Angeles Pride L.A. Pride has had a rough go of it the last few years. Critics of the event argued that the annual parade and festival, centered in the affluent, mostly gay, mostly white neighborhood of West Hollywood, had come to eschew every other segment of the city’s LGBT community. Dissatisfaction had even reached the point that an alternative event—DTLA Proud—took place in August 2016 in the more demographically diverse neighborhood of Downtown L.A.

    This year, however, change is afoot: Instead of a traditional Pride Parade, L.A. will hold a Resistance March on Sunday, June 11 in response to the Trump Administration and its myriad anti-LGBT policies. In a departure from previous parades, this year’s march begins in the more geographically neutral Hollywood & Highland area of town (and continue on into West Hollywood). We definitely don’t want to miss what we expect to be an historic day of defiance, visibility, and solidarity.

    After the march, festivalgoers will be treated to performances by Erika Jayne, Brandy, Chromeo, and more.

    Resistance March: June 11 at 8 a.m. Festival: immediately following the march

  • New Orleans Pride

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    June 9-11, 2017

    New Orleans Pride is Louisiana’s largest LGBT parade with more than 2,700 participants and 70,000+ spectators. The night before, however, find us at “Fired UP”, a modern-day disco dance party featuring DJ Honey Dijon, DJ Vicki Powell, DJ Mark O’Brien and hosted by Johnny Scruff and Jake Shears (above). Costumes are encouraged. Mr. New Orleans Pride Troy Powell and Mr. Louisiana Leather Ross Ransom will also be on hand..

    Parade Date: June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Philly Pride

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    Photo courtesy of Nancy and Beth

    June 18, 2017

    Nancy and Beth—more commonly known as Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt—are this year’s Philly Pride headliners. (Yes, that Megan Mullally, a.k.a. Karen from Will & Grace.) As for the parade, it steps off at 13th and Locust Streets.

    Parade Date: June 12 at 11:30am.

  • PrideFest Milwaukee

    June 9-11

    Pridefest, Milwaukee turns the big three-oh this year and will bring Randy Rainbow, Betty Who, Steve Grand, Todrick Hall, and 10,000 Maniacs to help with the celebration.

    Pride parade: June 11 at 2 p.m.

  • New York Pride

    New York City Gay Pride Parade
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    June 21-26, 2014

    New York City Pride, the granddaddy of U.S. Prides plans to shake things up a bit this year by introducing Pride Island at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. Described on the NYCPride.org site as a “3-day inclusive LGBT experience”, Pride Island will be the venue for this year’s lineup of performers. And, what a lineup it is: Nelly Furtado, Deborah Cox, Patti Labelle, Roisin Murphy, Tegan and Sara, Dimitri from Paris, and plenty more.

    This is not to be confused with PrideFest, held after the march, that LeAnn Rimes will headline.

    Pride March: June 25 at noon Pride Island: June 23-25, ongoing

  • Alaska Pride, Anchorage

    Bob the Drag Queen
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    June 24, 2017

    Alaska Pride turns 40 this year. The weeklong schedule of events for (what we assume to be) the northernmost U.S. Pride includes a Rainbow Run, Lube Wrestling, a parade (of course), and a performance by Bob the Drag Queen.

    Pride Parade: Saturday, June 24 at 11 a.m. Festival: Saturday, June 24 at noon

  • San Francisco Pride

    Betty Who
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    June 24-25

    In 2016, 30 floats and more than 30,000 people marched along Market Street through the heart of downtown San Francisco for the city’s Pride. Australian pop star, Betty Who (above), will be headlining the festival MainStage on Sunday.

    Parade: June 24 at 10:30 a.m.

  • Las Vegas Pride

    Las Vegas Pride
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    Sin City’s PRIDE! nighttime parade traditionally takes place Downtown along 4th Street, one block from Las Vegas Boulevard.

    October 20-22

    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.

  • Seattle Pride

    Seattle Pride
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    June 28-29, 2016

    The 43nd annual Seattle Pride Parade takes place along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle, lasts more than two hours, and ends at Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center.

    The festival—which happens two weeks prior, on June 10—will feature performances by Big Dipper, Double Duchess, SassyBlack, Sisters, Prom Queen, Mode Music Studios’ Nuclear Quartet, and DJ Toya B.

    Festival: June 10 at 7 p.m. Parade: June 25 at 11 a.m.

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