Your Guide To Pride 2016

When, where and who's headlining?

Pride season is upon us, and in addition to celebrating the LGBT equality that means major musical acts will be taking the stage at Pride festivals around the country. Check out who’s performing where and when—plus loads more details—below.

Check back frequently as more talent is announced.

  • Atlanta Pride

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    The weekend of October 8 sees the largest Pride in the southeast kick off in Piedmont Park on National Coming Out Day. (No coincidence there).

    This year Atlanta Pride includes the annual Dyke March and Trans March, the official parade and an all-day festival with music, food and entertainment. Past headliners have included Taylor Dane, Sister Sledge, Colbie Caillat and Meghan Trainor (above).

    Parade Date: October 9 at 1pm.

  • Baltimore Pride

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Steve Grand performs at New York City Pride 2015 - Rally at Pier 26 on June 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)

    July 23-24, 2016

    Baltimore Pride turns 41 this year with Steve Grand taking the Pride Festival stage at Druid Hill Park on July 24. The weekend also includes a high-heel race, block party and, of course, the parade down Charles Street.

    Parade Date: July 23rd at 3:30 pm.

  • Boston Pride

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Conrad Sewell poses for a portrait with an ARIA for Song Of The Year during the 29th Annual ARIA Awards 2015 at The Star on November 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/WireImage)

    June 11-12

    This year’s parade kicks off at Copley Square and meanders down to City Hall, with marshals including White House LGBT liaison Raffi Freedman-Gurspan and activist Claire B. Naughton.

    Trans fitness model Aydian Ethan Dowling emcees as Conrad Sewell (above), Samantha Johnson and Brandon Skeie take the stage at the Pride festival in City Hall Plaza.

    Parade Date: June 11 at noon.

  • Capital Pride

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singers Charlie Puth (L) and Meghan Trainor perform onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2015/FilmMagic)
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    June 1-12, 2016

    Every June, a quarter-million people descend on Washington, DC, for Capital Pride, making it one of the largest in the country.

    There’s a week of activities—fundraisers, forums, parties and performance—leading up to Pride weekend June 10-12. Leslie Jordan is the grand marshal of the annual parade down Pennsylvania on June 11, which has a theme of “Make Magic Happen.”

    This year, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Alex Newell and Melanie Martinez headline the Pride Concert on June 12, presented by Hot 99.5.

    Parade Date: June 11 at 4:30pm.

  • Chicago Pride

    LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 15: Grammy-Nominated Sony Music Recording Artist, Jordin Sparks performs live on the runway at Fashion Show Las Vegas on August 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Fashion Show Las Vegas)
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    June 18-19 and 26, 2016

    Boystown is home to Chicago’s two-part Pride bonanza: On June 18 and 19, the Chicago Pride festival features drag shows, food trucks, exhibitors and more. Then, on June 26, more than 750,000 people will watch the four-mile Pride parade as it rolls down Broadway and Halsted from Uptown to Lincoln Park.

    Big name acts that have performed at Chicago Pride include Jennifer Hudson, St. Lucia and Big Freedia. This year, Jordin Sparks headlines Pride Fest on June 18.

    Parade Date: June 26 at noon.

  • Dallas Pride


    September 18, 2016

    The Big D’s main Pride event is the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, procession along Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Lee Park, named for its longtime organizer.

    The festival takes place at the parade’s end in Lee Park, where all of all ages mingle and catch performances by local and national acts. In 2015, the headliner was out country star Ty Herdon.

    Parade Date: September 18 at 2pm.

  • L.A. Pride

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    June 10-13, 2016

    Christopher Street West is spotlighting the city’s trans community with educational and social events spanning the three-day celebration, not to mention an outdoor roller rink.

    The daytime Pride parade sashays down Santa Monica Boulevard through the heart of West Hollywood. The route ends at West Hollywood Park, where, this year, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Hailee Steinfeld and Big Freedia rock the music festival stage.

    Parade Date: June 8 at 11am.

  • Miami Beach Gay Pride

    MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 10: Elvis Duran and Iggy Azalea participates in Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade on April 10, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
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    April 8-10, 2016

    Miami Beach Gay Pride is one of the earliest on the LGBT calendar—probably so celebrants can avoid the heat. Iggy Azalea was the big-name performer for this year’s festival, which has boasted big names like Adam Lambert and Gloria Estefan in the past.

    Parade Date: April 10 at noon.

  • New Orleans Pride

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    June 17-19, 2016

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    The Big Easy’s annual Pride celebration features men’s and women’s parties, film screenings, a block party and even an evening with former local Bianca Del Rio. Plus, New Orleans hosts one of the few nighttime Pride parades in America, as the French Quarter buzzes with queer energy.

    Debby Holiday, the Nawlins Johnnys and Jai Rodriguez perform at PrideFest 2016 on June 19, hosted by Billy Francesca and Persana Shoulders.

    Parade Date: June 18 at 7pm.

  • Philly Pride

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    June 12, 2016

    Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney is grand marshal of the city’s Pride parade, which kicks off on 13th and Locust Streets in the Gayborhood.

    Later that day, Deborah Cox headlines the Gay Pride Festival at Penn’s Landing.

    Parade Date: June 12 at 11:30am.

  • PrideFest Milwaukee


    June 10-12

    This year’s parade down South 2nd Street will be without a grand marshall—honoree Miriam Ben-Shalom was uninvited after reportedly making transphobic comments.

    But it’s still going to be a weekend jammed with excitement, including performances by Sarah Silverman, Crystal Waters, Deboarah Cox and Blondie.

    Parade Date: June 12 at 2pm.

  • New York Pride


    June 21-26, 2014

    The New York Pride March—don’t call it a parade—winds down Fifth Avenue down to the Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement.

    A week of events kicks off with a Pride Luminaries Brunch on June 19 and Family Movie Night on June 21, followed by the annual LGBT rights rally on June 24.

    The grand marshals at this year’s march on June 26 are teen reality star Jazz Jennings, Syrian activist Subhi Nahas and HIV/AIDS advocate Cecilia Chung, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

    Fergie takes the stage at the legendary Dance on the Pier later that night, joining a pantheon of performers who have played the event, including Janet Jackson, Cher, Whitney Houston and Jennifer Lopez.

    Parade Date: June 26 at noon.

  • Pittsburgh Pride

    Brian Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of Brian Wilson
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    June 3-12, 2016

    There’s plenty going on during Pittsburgh Pride, including pool parties, pub crawls and a picnic in the park. This year’s biggest attraction, however, is Pride in the Streets on June 11, featuring performances by Kesha and rapper Angel Haze.

    Parade Date: June 12 at noon.

  • San Francisco Pride

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    June 25-26, 2016

    Celebrating the theme of “For Racial and Economic Justice,” San Francisco Pride kicks off at City Hall, where Harvey Milk rallied queers in the late 1970s.

    This year’s grand marshals include the cast of Fuse’s Transcendent (above) as well as Mia Satya, Fresh White!, Larry Yang, Janetta Johnson, Mike Shriver and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The music headliner is still to be determined, but past performers include Lady Gaga, the Backstreet Boys and Cyndi Lauper.

    Parade Date: June 26 at 10:30am.

  • Utah Pride Festival (Salt Lake City) June 3-5, 2016

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    The Salt Lake’s LGBT celebration includes a film festival, a Dyke March, an interfaith service, charity run and, of course, a parade. (It’s actually the second largest parade in the state after after the Days of ’47 Parade.)

    Performer on the main stage in Central City include AB Soto, Perfume Genius and Belinda Carlisle.

    Parade Date: June 5 at 10am.

  • Seattle Pride

    SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 29: George Takei, Celebrity Grand Marshall of the 40th Annual Seattle Pride Parade, waves from a car on June 29, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)
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    June 28-29, 2016

    Now in its 42nd year, Seattle Pride is one of the most unique LGBT celebrations in the country (and not just because of the naked bicyclists). No word on who the grand marshals are this year, but George Takei had the honor in 2014.

    Parade Date: June 26 at 11am.

Kat Long, Dan Avery and Jon Adams contributed to this feature