SUMMER JAUNTS: Pride Weekend Around America by Hampton Rhodes

Pride Weekend Around America

June is Gay Pride month across the world and in this week’s Z’Scoop Summer Jaunts we will bring you some of the unique celebrations going on across America in not only some of the larger cities, but also some reference material for Pride Parades and Festivals happening in smaller towns during the weekend of June 23rd – 25th.


NYC Pride March, New York City, NY
The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those lost to illness, violence and neglect.

The March is a celebration of life and community. In 2016, over 350 unique marching contingents joined the March, representing a vast array of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists! With over 80 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Time: Noon until it finishes
Location: Fifth Avenue at 36th St. to Christopher & Greenwich Sts.
Address: New York City
More Information: NYC Pride

OKC Pride Parade, Oklahoma City, OK
This year marks the 30th year for the OKC Pride Parade and it falls on June 25th. Approximately 110 entries are anticipated to celebrate the diversity of community in their march down NW 39th Street from Classen to Youngs, so arrive early to find the best spot to watch. Expect a rainbow of color, showers of glitter and a great time for all Sunday, June 25 at 4pm.

The theme for OKC Pride 2017 is “OKC Pride, 30 years of resistance.” OKC Pride represents the unity between the LGBT community and its supporters, the respect and need for equality for everyone, and pride in the history and individuality of this wonderful community.

OKC Pride 2017 looks to be the biggest and best Pride event in its history. Please get involved, volunteer, donate, or just plan to join for a great time and show your support for OKC Pride.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Location: 39th Street Strip
Address:39th Street & Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
More Information: OKC Pride

2017 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade, Minneapolis, MN
The mission of Twin Cities Pride is to create experiences that bring the greater GLBT community together to commemorate their diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.

One of the largest Pride Celebrations in the nation — and it’s FREE!

Twin Cities Pride is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that produces the annual Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Pride Celebration in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The legal name is Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Pride/Twin Cities d/b/a Twin Cities Pride.

Date: June 25th, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue
Address: Hennepin Ave. & North 3rd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
More Information: 2017 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade

PrideFest Seattle, Seattle, WA
Seattle PrideFest is one of many events held each year that promotes awareness of and advocates for the LGBT community. Seattle Pride is a local favorite, boasting the title of being the largest fest of its kind in the United States and having been voted “Best Local Event” by Evening Magazine.

Guests can witness numerous live performances across the festival’s four stages, enjoy various family-friendly activities and join more than 130,000 fellow attendees in celebrating this cause.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Time: Noon to 8:00 PM
Location: Seattle Center
Address: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
More Information: PrideFest Seattle

For even more information about the over 400 Pride events and parades around the country and the world, visit Eventbrite or Gay Pride Calendar.

New York City, NY
Oklahoma City, OK
Twin Cities, MN
Seattle, WA

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