Your 2018 U.S. Pride Guide Is Here!

We've got the info on what's happening at some of the biggest festivals in the country right here.

Pride month is here once again, when cities across the United States celebrate the LGBT community with parades, festivals, and other events. Most Pride events—although certainly not all—are held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots that took place in New York City on June 28, 1969. That event, where LGBT protesters fought back against police in a raid at the Stonewall Inn bar, is credited with ushering in the modern LGBT rights movement. The following year, to mark the anniversary, marches took place in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Today, Prides run the gamut from colorful, party-like events to more solemn, political rallies, and continue to crop up in more and more cities throughout the country (and the world.) Although this is by no means a comprehensive list—in fact, more and more small towns are hosting Pride celebrations—here are the details on some of the biggest celebrations in the U.S. for the rest of the year.

Anchorage Pride

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June 9–16. 
Anchorage Pride once again offers a full week of events that includes 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 and performances by Ginger Minj and Deven Green.


Pride Parade: Saturday, June 16 at 11am 
Festival: Saturday, June 16 at noon

Atlanta Pride

October 12–14. This year will be Atlanta’s 48th Pride and, although the complete schedule has yet to be announced, we imagine perennial events like the Dyke and Trans Marches, an all-day festival, and appearances by A-list headliners (like former performers Taylor Dayne, Sister Sledge, and Meghan Trainor) will transpire once again. For those intending to watch the parade the route steps off from the Civic Center MARTA Station and ends at the Charles Allen Gate entrance of Piedmont Park.

Pride Parade: Sunday, October 14 at noon
Trans March: Saturday, October 13 at 1:45pm
Dyke March: Saturday, October 13 at 6pm

Baltimore Pride

June 15–17. Charm City’s 43rd Pride boasts a full weekend of activities that, last year, drew in a crowd of 30,000 attendees and includes a Pride Block Party with a “Lez” Lot; an 11-block parade that starts at N. Charles and 33rd Street next to Wyman Park; and, a Pride Festival with music and entertainment stages, a Drag Stage, exhibitors, and local food trucks. This year’s headliners include Tish Hyman, Spikey Van Dikey, Taylor Bennett, and Miami Tip.

Block Party: Saturday, June 16 at 4pm
Pride Parade: Sunday, June 17 at 1pm
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 17, noon to 6pm

Boston Pride

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June 10–11
. 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. Other events throughout the celebration include Pride Night with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Boston AIDS Walk, a Dyke March, and multiple block parties.

Dyke March: Friday, June 8 at 6pm

Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9 at noon

Pride Festival: Saturday, June 9, 11am to 6pm

Capital Pride, Washington D.C.


June 7–10. D.C. is home to one of the country’s fiercest Pride celebrations with thousands of onlookers lined up along Dupont Circle for the Parade. 
On Sunday, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Asia O’Hara, Keri Hilson, and other performers take the stage at the 2018 Pride Concert in front of the U.S. Capitol.


Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9 at 4:30pm 
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 10, noon to 10pm
Pride Concerts: Sunday, June 10, various times

Chicago Pride

The four-mile Chicago Pride Parade makes its way through Boystown on Sunday, June 24; the Pride Festival, which takes place the week before, will feature headliners Mya, Kim English, Belinda Carlisle, and La Bouche.

Pride Festival: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 11am to 10pm
Pride Parade: Sunday, June 24 at noon

Dallas Pride

September 15–16. The 35th Annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, named in honor of the man chiefly responsible for organizing the original parade, travels Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Boulevard. The Miller Lite Music Festival in the Park takes place the day before in Reverchon Park.

Pride Festival: Saturday, September 15, 11am to 7pm
Pride Parade: Sunday, September 16 at 2pm

Denver PrideFest

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June 16–17. David Mullins and Charlie Craig, the couple who were denied a cake by Masterpiece Cakeshop (and are currently awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court) will Grand Marshal this year’s parade. Headliners Crystal Waters, DJ Barry Harris, and Kameron Michaels will also be on hand for the festivities.

Pride Parade: Sunday, June 17 at 9am
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 17, 10am to 6pm

Kentuckiana Pride

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June 15–16. For its 18th outing Kentuckiana Pride, held in Louisville, Kentucky, will find itself in a new location: the Big Four Lawn at the city’s Waterford Park. In fact, so much excitement has been surrounding this year’s event, that even the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau has gotten in on the act with a redesign of its logo to include the rainbow flag.

Pride Parade and Concert: Friday, June 15, 7 to 11pm
Pride Festival: Saturday, June 16, noon to 11pm

Las Vegas Pride

October 19–21. The theme for this year’s celebration, Sin City’s 35th Pride, is “All You Need Is Love.” The nighttime parade traditionally takes place Downtown, along 4th Street, one block from Las Vegas Boulevard.


Pride Parade: Friday, October 19 at 8pm
Pride Festival: Saturday, October 20, noon to 10pm; Sunday, October 21, noon to 6pm

Los Angeles Pride

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June 2–10. 
The week-plus schedule of events for L.A. Pride includes LGBT nights at Universal Studios and Dodgers Stadium, a Trans Brunch, and Women’s Night at the L.A. Sparks, whereas festival-goers will have the chance to see performances by Kehlani, Tove Lo, Eve, Icona Pop, Keri Hilson, and more.

Pride Parade: Sunday, June 10 at 11am
Pride Festival: Saturday, June 9, noon to 1am; Sunday, June 10, noon to 11pm

New Orleans Pride

June 7–11. 
New Orleans, like Las Vegas, hosts one of the nation’s few nighttime Pride parades and draws more than 70,000 spectators to the French Quarter. Other events include Dining Out for Life, the “Greetings, From Queer Mountain” LGBT storytelling showcase, and the Pride Glow kick-off party. Amanda Shaw, LEIF, Delish Da Goddess, Ryan Griffin, and others will headline the festival.

Pride Festival: June 8-10, all day
Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9 at 7:30pm

New York City Pride

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June 23–24. The city where it all started will host a number of firsts this year including its inaugural Human Rights Conference and a Cosplay event aboard a sunset river cruise. There will also be Masterbeat and Teaze HER parties, a Family Movie Night, and the three-day OutCinema film festival. Kylie Minogue and Tove Lo will headline the Pride Island event.

Pride Island: Saturday, June 23 from 2 to 10pm; Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 11pm
Youth Pride: Saturday, June 23, noon – 6pm
Pride March: Sunday, June 24 at noon

Philly Pride

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June 10. Philly Pride turns 30 this year and has brought on Margaret Cho as its headliner. The parade starts at at 13th and Locust Streets, in the heart of the Gayborhood and ends at the festival in the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

Pride Parade: Sunday, June 10 at 11:30am
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 10 at 1pm

Provincetown Pride

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June 1–3. The city’s first Pride will celebrate Provincetown’s LGBT legacy with the opening of “The Shack,” a new LGBT center that will host talks and exhibitions that showcase and celebrate the lives and experiences of Provincetown’s queer community. Other Pride events include the “Let Your Love Light Shine” lantern making and decoration event, a “highly unofficial” Pride sashay, a Drag Poppins Brunch, an underpants and panties closing party, and the “Global Rainbow,” a large art installation created by Yvette Mattern that will project laser lights into the sky, simulating a natural rainbow arc that will be visible for up to 20 miles.

Installation of “Global Rainbow”: Friday, June 1 at 8pm
Pride Festival: Saturday, June 2 from 11am to 3pm

San Diego Pride

July 13–15. The San Diego Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the region and is among the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 200,000 people. Its Pride festival in Balboa Park is also the city’s biggest summer party with community resources, booths, and four stages of live entertainment.

Pride Parade: Saturday, July 14 at 11am
Pride Festival: Saturday, July 14, noon to 10pm; Sunday, July 15, 11am to 9pm

San Francisco Pride

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June 23–24. Dozens of floats and more than 30,000 people make their way along Market Street for the 48th annual San Francisco Pride parade. Grand marshals include Our Lady J, Jose Xtravaganza, and Luis Camacho. 
Post-punk band SHOPPING will perform on the mainstage and the official VIP party, Under the Rotunda, takes place at City Hall.

MainStage performances: June 23-24, noon to 6pm

Parade: Sunday, June 24 at 10:30am


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