Pride it’s that special time of year when LGBTQ folks and their allies come together to celebrate with parades, booze and free pens from Bank of America.
But there’s more to Pride than corporate giveaways and house music floats, and it happens in more cities than New York, too. It can be difficult to travel to major metropolitan areas to enjoy the celebrations, however. Even inside big cities, there are smaller, creative celebrations that don’t always get the attention they deserve.
Here’s your guide to celebrating Pride all across the U.S. this month including parties and parades in your favorite large cities and small towns.
Albany, New York
“Capital Pride,” June 11
Festival meets parade, followed by a big gay brunch.
“Alaska Pride,” June 18-25
A long list of events, including drag queen bingo, a parade, country line-dancing, dance parties, and yes lube wrestling.
“Augusta Pride,” June 24-25
Parade, parties and an event very fancily titled “Presidential Soiree.”
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“Baton Rouge Pride,” June 11
Festival, food, fair and divas.
“Central Oregon Pride,” June 25
Fair, Pride ride, movies and even bowling.
“Bisbee Pride,” June 17-19
“Vintage San Francisco party,” comedy, pool parties and, of course, a lingerie pub crawl.
“Boise Pride,” June 10-19
Rally, festival and an awesome prom for teens.
“Boston Pride,” June 1-30
Youth dance, poetry, parade and an LGBTQ tour of the Museum of Art.
Brooklyn, New York
“Brooklyn Pride,” June 11-13
Pride run, parade, fair, comedy and staged entertainment.
“Wyoming Pride,” June 11-25
Free BBQ, open house and a family-friendly day known as “Superday.”
“Chicago Pride,” June 18, 19 and 26
Queer storytelling, TransMale beach party, trivia, book discussions, parades and an ice cream social.
“Stonewall Columbus Pride,” June 17-19
Festival, parade, fancy brunch.
“Denver Pridefest,” June 18-19
Big gay 5k, parade, festival, followed by adorable dogs in drag.
Des Moines, Iowa
“Des Moines: Capital City Pride,” June 10-12
DJs, parade, drag, burlesque and something called “Origami animals.”
“Detroit: Motor City Pride,” June 11-12
Festival, parade, burlesque, spoken word and the Motor City Drag Kings.
“Northwest Arkansas Pride,” June 16-19.
Rally, festival, parade, interfaith fellowship gathering, pub crawl and happy hours.
“Flagstaff Pride,” June 25
Festival, volleyball tournament, and yes, cosmic bowling.
“Gay Pride Houston,” June 19-26
Parties, parade, runway competition, even a talent show.
“Rocket City Pride,” June 18
Equality march, bike takeover, drag queen bingo.
“Indy PrideFest,” June 11
Festival, parade, volleyball, softball and movies.
“Kalamazoo Pride,” June 10-11
DJs, Pride brunch, Miss(ter) Pride and the famous Maple Street Middle School Choir.
Key West, Florida
“Key West Pride,” June 8-12
Burlesque, curator-led exhibits, parade, drag brunch and big ol’ pool parties.
“Lexington Pride,” June 25
Festival featuring food, vendors, awesome entertainment.
Long Island, New York
“Long Island Pride,” June 11
Food, vendors and live entertainment (featuring ’90s favorite 10,000 Maniacs).
Los Angeles, California
“Los Angeles Pride,” June 10-12
Dyke march, transgender celebration, youth march and entertainers including Big Freedia and Faith Evans.
“Kentuckiana Pride Louisville,” June 17-18
Parade, festival, and a pageant for Miss and Mister Kentuckiana.
“Milkwaukee Pride,” June 10-12
Big Freedia, Sarah Silverman, line dancing, lectures, vogue expo, spoken word, comedy and belly dancing.
“Twin Cities Pride,” June 25-26
Coffee crawl, beer crawl, parade, worship services and a Pride dance.
“Nashville Pride,”June 24-25
Festival, concert, and equality walk.
New Orleans, Louisiana
“New Orleans Pride,” June 17-29
Parade and parties, New Orleans-style.
New York, New York
“New York Pride,” June 20-26
Trans Day of Action, Dyke March, Pride parade, rallies you name it.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“Oklahoma City Pride,” June 24-26
Block party, family fun zone, arts festival, equality concert.
“Capital City Pride,” June 17-19
Food, music, all-ages street party and parade.
“Heartland Pride,” June 17-25
River ride, Pride pageant, parade, festival and Youth Pride.
“Philly Pride,” June 12th.
Kick-off party and parade all across the Gayborhood.
“Pittsburgh Pride,” June 3-12
Equality march, PrideFest and Kesha!
“Pride Northwest,” June 18
Waterfront festival, parade kickoff, drag showcase, and the Portland lesbian chorus.
Providence, Rhode Island
“Rhode Island Pride.” June 18
Block party, interfaith services, illuminated night parade.
St. Louis, Missouri
“Pride St. Louis,” June 24-25
Dance party, movies, comedy, parade, ’00s favorite Jordin Sparks.
San Francisco, California
“San Francisco Pride.” June 25-26
This year’s theme is “For Racial and Economic Justice.” Parade, party, rallies and more.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Santa Fe Pride,” June 25
Pool party, parade and tea dance.
“Seattle Pride,” June 26
Parade, festival and endless good food.
“Spokane Pride: Outspokane,” June 11
Cruise, pageant, parade, performance of The Laramie Project, peacekeeper trainings.
“Washington Pride,” June 1-12
Capital trans pride, Pride splash and ride (gay roller coasters), women’s party, festival.
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