Pride Parades Happening This Weekend

While Pride Month is sadly coming to a close, the massive celebrations are just getting started in all the major cities nationwide this weekend. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City boast some of the largest pride parades honoring LGBTQ+ communities, and also welcoming allies. 

San Francisco is well-known as the most liberal city in the U.S., and therefore also the most welcoming and inclusive to LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. This year marks the 52nd SF pride celebration, held at the Civic Center on Sunday, June 26th, complete with an extensive parade set to the theme of “Love Will Keep Us Together,” as well as a plethora of booths, DJs, and performances. Before the festivities of Sunday, San Francisco is also holding a Pride Run, Pride Brunch, and Pride Party on Saturday, with all proceeds going to various LGBTQ+ organizations and charities. 

On the other side of the country, New York City consistently holds the largest pride celebrations of the entire nation, with attendance surpassing 2 million people in recent pre-Covid years. With the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969 beginning in Lower Manhattan, NYC has a rich history of LGBTQ+ activism, with the protests continuing over 50 years later with a march starting at noon on Sunday in the Chelsea area. The Pridefest in Greenwich Village includes similar attractions to the San Francisco celebrations, with a variety of exhibits and activities to partake in.

While these two cities do boast some of the largest Pride crowds, other notable mentions include Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Portland, and Las Vegas. The majority of these celebrations involve 5k runs on Saturday, followed by parades and marches on Sunday. Each city has a unique history in regards to its relation to Pride and what it means to them, such as Denver, Colorado celebrating their state electing the first-ever openly gay governor, Jared Polis. Chicago’s “Pride in the Park” also strives to educate attendees on the historic queer culture of the city while also hosting performers like CupcakKe and winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.

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