Where to celebrate LGBT Pride all across the U.S.

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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.

Anchorage, Alaska

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, Georgia

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.

Bend, Oregon

Central Oregon Pride,” June 25

Fair, Pride ride, movies and even bowling.

Bisbee, Arizona

Bisbee Pride,” June 17-19

“Vintage San Francisco party,” comedy, pool parties and, of course, a lingerie pub crawl.

Boise, Idaho

Boise Pride,” June 10-19

Rally, festival and an awesome prom for teens.

Boston,Massachusetts

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.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Wyoming Pride,” June 11-25

Free BBQ, open house and a family-friendly day known as “Superday.”

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Pride,” June 18, 19 and 26

Queer storytelling, TransMale beach party, trivia, book discussions, parades and an ice cream social.

Columbus, Ohio

Stonewall Columbus Pride,” June 17-19

Festival, parade, fancy brunch.

Denver, Colorado

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, Michigan

Detroit: Motor City Pride,” June 11-12

Festival, parade, burlesque, spoken word and the Motor City Drag Kings.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Pride,” June 16-19.

Rally, festival, parade, interfaith fellowship gathering, pub crawl and happy hours.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff Pride,” June 25

Festival, volleyball tournament, and yes, cosmic bowling.

Houston, Texas

Gay Pride Houston,” June 19-26

Parties, parade, runway competition, even a talent show.

Huntsville, Alabama

Rocket City Pride,” June 18

Equality march, bike takeover, drag queen bingo.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indy PrideFest,” June 11

Festival, parade, volleyball, softball and movies.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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.


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Lexington, Kentucky

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.

Louisville, Kentucky

Kentuckiana Pride Louisville,” June 17-18

Parade, festival, and a pageant for Miss and Mister Kentuckiana.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milkwaukee Pride,” June 10-12

Big Freedia, Sarah Silverman, line dancing, lectures, vogue expo, spoken word, comedy and belly dancing.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Twin Cities Pride,” June 25-26

Coffee crawl, beer crawl, parade, worship services and a Pride dance.

Nashville, Tennessee

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.

Olympia, Washington

Capital City Pride,” June 17-19

Food, music, all-ages street party and parade.

Omaha, Nebraska

Heartland Pride,” June 17-25

River ride, Pride pageant, parade, festival and Youth Pride.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philly Pride,” June 12th.

Kick-off party and parade all across the Gayborhood.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Pride,” June 3-12

Equality march, PrideFest and Kesha!

Portland, Oregon

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.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Pride,” June 25

Pool party, parade and tea dance.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Pride,” June 26

Parade, festival and endless good food.

Spokane, Washington

Spokane Pride: Outspokane,” June 11

Cruise, pageant, parade, performance of The Laramie Project, peacekeeper trainings.

Washington, D.C.

Washington Pride,” June 1-12

Capital trans pride, Pride splash and ride (gay roller coasters), women’s party, festival.

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