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.
Historically, 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, this particular incident sparked several days of protests in the surrounding neighborhood. Stonewall became a galvanizing force for LGBT activism, and though the fight for gay rights was not new, 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 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!
- Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12:00 PM 7:00 PM on Capitol Hill in Volunteer Park.
Seattle Pride Parade is held on the last Sunday in June in downtown Seattle. Over 100 parade entries from different organizations, employers, sponsors and movements participate in this event. As with other parades in Seattle, the announcers’ booth and media viewing area is located at Westlake Park on Fourth Avenue between Pike and Pine streets. ADA viewing areas are available at Westlake Plaza and on the east side of Fourth Avenue and Bell Streets. ASL interpreters will be available at both the Westlake Park Announcer Stage and at the Fourth and Bell Street announcer stage. No parking will be permitted in any area along the parade route and all vehicles must be registered, display an Event Pass and have a driver in the vehicle at all times. Unattended vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM and will last about 2.5 hours. The Seattle Pride Parade begins at 4th Avenue & Union and proceeds north along 4th Avenue to 2nd Avenue and Denny Way, near Seattle Center. If you’re over 21, head to one of Pride’s beer gardens open during the parade. Beer gardens are located along 4th Avenue at Pine Street (Westlake Park) and Bell Street. Valid ID is required.
PrideFest is the largest free Pride Festival in the country. The festival takes place on the same weekend as the parade, on Saturday on Capitol Hill and on Sunday at Seattle Center.
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 12:00 PM 9:00 PM on Capitol Hill. Broadway from John to Roy, as well as Denny Way and Cal Anderson Park for Family Pride and Queer Youth Pride.
- Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 12:00 PM 8:00 PM at Seattle Center. The legendary Seattle PrideFest rally and party at Seattle Center celebrates LGBTQ arts, culture, and Pride, on four stages.
Emerald City Black Pride BBQ includes free food, entertainment, and fun.
- Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 1pm – 6pm in Seattle at Jimi Hendrix Park.
Puget Sound Pride Parades & Festivals
Here are more Pride events around Puget Sound.
- Burien, WA Pride. Saturday June 2, 2018 from 10 a – 8 p at Burien Town Square Park.
- Snohomish Pride Festival. Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 11am to 5pm at Willis Tucker Park. Family-friendly entertainment, DJ music, food trucks, improv comedy, face painting, community booths, vendors, guest speakers, youth water playground All genders, orientations, families, allies, and community leaders are welcome.
- Port Orchard, WA picnic. Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pilgrim Firs provides lunch, including a veggie option. Bring your own beverages, lawn chairs, and umbrellas. Music, a children’s craft project, lawn games, volleyball. This event is by donation. Everyone is welcome. Note: Alcohol is allowed, but none is provided.
- Tacoma, WA Pride Festival includes a week of events from July 13-22, 2018, including a festival on Saturday, July 14 from Noon to 6pm on Pacific Ave & S 9th.
- Bellingham, WA Pride Parade & Festival. Sunday, July 15, 2018 from Noon – 4 p.m. The parade starts at the corner of Halleck St. and Ohio St., continues along Cornwall to W. Chestnut and Railroad to find the main Pride Festival at Market Depot Square. The second largest Pride event in Washington state includes live entertainment, food, fun, and vendors.
- Kitsap Pride, Bremerton, WA. Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Rotary Park. Family friendly picnic. Admission by donation for burgers and side dishes. BYOB.
Find another Pride event nationwide: http://seattlepride.org/events/regional/
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