Pride Parades everywhere honor the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, the scene of a police raid over liquor licensing at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. While raids on gay bars were carried out with some regularity, the Stonewall incident sparked several days of protests in the surrounding neighborhood.
Although the fight for gay rights was not new, Stonewall became a galvanizing force for LGBT activism. The uprising is regarded as the start of the gay rights movement to reverse the harassment and criminalization of the lesbian and gay community.
In 1999 the U.S. National Park Service placed the Stonewall Inn on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2016, the site was established as the Stonewall National Park Monument, which included the Stonewall Inn, nearby Christopher Park, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks in Greenwich Village where the protests occurred. Read more about the Stonewall Riots at History.com and Stonewall Riots at Socialist Alternative.
Today, Pride parades and festivals continue to foster public awareness on current issues, as well as provide resources to support diversity, equal rights, and community for all.
Seattle & Tacoma Pride Parades and festivals
Volunteer Park Pride Festival (formally known as the Pride Family Picnic) is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle’s iconic parks and celebrate our amazing community. The festival will feature guest speakers, live music, food trucks and a beer garden. The Volunteer Park Pride Festival is usually a Sunday in June, a couple weeks before the Pride Parade.
Seattle Pride celebrates the Northwest’s LGBTQ rights movement since its first coming out in the Puget Sound region in 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration.
- Seattle Pride Parade is held on the last Sunday in June in downtown Seattle. Over 100 parade entries participate in this event. The parade announcers’ booth and media viewing area is located near Westlake Park. The parade begins at 11:00 AM and lasts several hours. The Seattle Pride Parade route proceeds north along 4th Avenue ending near Denny Way.
PrideFest is the largest free Pride Festival in the country. The festival takes place on the same weekend as the Seattle Pride Parade, on Saturday on Capitol Hill and on Sunday at Seattle Center.
Emerald City Black Pride features food, entertainment, and lots of fun presented by the Center for Multi-Cultural Health. They typically host a festival in July.
Tacoma Pride presents 10-days of Pride events, including their signature Tacoma Pride Festival (TPF) in July. Although June is recognize as “Pride Month”, TPF coordinates with other Pride festivals around the South Sound, so people have many options throughout Pride Season.
Other Puget Sound Pride Parades & Festivals
More Pride organizations around Puget Sound that hold annual Pride festivals as well as other events:
- Bainbridge Pride
- Bellingham, WA Pride
- Burien, WA Pride
- Kitsap Pride in Bremerton, WA
- Snohomish, WA Pride
Find another Pride event nationwide: https://www.seattlepride.org/regional/
Upcoming Pride Festivals and Parades Events
Seattle-Tacoma Pride events, as well as other Pride events around the Puget Sound region are listed in the calendar below.
(If nothing is listed below, there are no upcoming Pride events in our calendar. We usually update Pride events in late spring for Pride events coming up in summer.)