National LGBT Pride season is in full swing, and there’s no shortage of Pride festivals to choose from; from nearby Savannah to as far away as San Francisco—there’s plenty of opportunity to celebrate the beauty, strength and resilience of our community.
We’ve compiled a list of major Pride events across the U.S. through November, while highlighting a few that are within driving distance or a quick flight away. So take it all in and then get out and show your Pride!
San Francisco Pride
It doesn’t get any bigger than San Francisco Pride. This year’s theme is “For Racial and Economic Equality.” Now in its 46th year, the two-day event will boast over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors along with twenty community run stages and venues. The parade kicks off on Sunday, June 26 in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Georgia-born actor Randy Harrison (“Queer As Folk”) is also scheduled to appear.
Billed as “Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event” by the Gay and Lesbian Center of Baltimore, the signature event has drawn an estimated 30,000 people annually since its beginnings as a small rally of a dozen activists in 1975. The annual High Heel Race featuring women, men, queens and everyone in between to the Mount Vernon Block Party and the highly anticipated Pride parade— there’s something for everyone at Baltimore Pride.
North Carolina has become ground zero for controversy as of late, but their thriving LGBT community continues to push back and celebrate their Pride year-round, especially during Charlotte Pride. The two-day festival brings out the best in diverse national, regional and local entertainers, vendors and public officials. And of course, it’s absolutely free!
Beale Street in Memphis is a tourist’s dream—soul food, the FedEx Forum and live music, but one day out of the year the annual Pride Festival and Parade takes over the beloved strip. More than 9,000 attendees show up to enjoy musicians, bands, speakers and dance performances. This year, Mid-South Pride will host the inaugural ‘GAYLa’—a black-tie event to give participants a chance to get “dolled up” and to enjoy friendship and community.
An estimated 6,000 attendees reveled in the joy of Savannah Pride in 2015. The four-day festival unites the Savannah and Coastal Empire LGBTQ communities in one of the fastest growing Pride celebrations in the state of Georgia. Forsyth Park will be home to this year’s festival on Oct. 22, which will include live music and performances, the Savannah Pride Marketplace with food vendors and local business and community organizations. Savannah Pride is a family friendly event and all are welcome to attend.