FAQ’s

What is Pride?

Pride honors those brave individuals that fought back against the police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York. The Stonewall Riots were a turning point for the gay rights movement.

When did it start?

The following year, in 1970 the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York all held parades commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since then, cities around the globe have started marches and parades as well.

When was the first Pride in Spokane?

The first march that happened in Spokane was literally on the sidewalks in 1992 and was sponsored by PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays). The following year a permit was ordered and the march was in the streets, followed by a small rally in the part. In 2004 our march turned into a parade. That first parade brought together 300 members of the LGBTQA population. We’ve grown a bit since then, with 2017 bringing in 15,500 people.

Why does Pride happen the 2nd Saturday in June?

As to allow everyone in the Northwest the option of attending as many Prides as they can the dates of Pride are setup so they aren’t all on the exact same weekend. Spokane is the 2nd weekend, Portland, Boise, and Montana is the 3rd weekend, and Seattle is the 4th weekend. Coeur d’Alene has started Pride in Park the 1st weekend in June.

Why does Spokane do their Pride on Saturday where Portland and Seattle do theirs on Sunday?

One of the main goals of Pride back in the 90’s when we first started celebrating Pride in Spokane was to be visible. Downtown Spokane gets more traffic on Saturday than it does on Sunday so Saturday was chosen as our day to celebrate to get the greatest visibility. Plus Saturday means we can stay out extra late and give Sunday as a travel day for those coming in from out of town.

Why does Pride happen in Riverfront Park?

The Rainbow Festival happens right after the Pride Parade and for convenience to those who do both the Pride Parade and the Rainbow Festival we want the two events to be as close as possible. Riverfront Park is the natural location with its’ 100 acres of meadows and facilities.

Why are the official shirts $17 each?

The official shirts that OutSpokane makes each year are part of our on-going fundraising. The profits from the shirts helps to pay for Pride.

Why are the drinks in the Pride Bar $5 each?

The drinks in the Pride Bar are part of OutSpokane’s on-going fundraising. The profits from the sales help to pay for Pride.

Why is Pride in Lilac Meadows, it’s on a hill and not flat?

The Rainbow Festival had always been in Gondola Meadows, the large flat meadow near the Bloomsday Running Statues. Due to Riverfront Park construction that meadow will no longer be available. With the size of the Rainbow Festival the next largest space was Lilac Meadows. ADA access to Lilac Meadows can be found at the East end of Red Wagon Meadows, following the path across the bridge and then under Washington St to Lilac Meadows. Once Riverfront Park construction is completed the Rainbow Festival should be moving under the Pavilion.

Why only local entertainment, why not the big named people?

Those big names command big price tags. The budget OutSpokane has for entertainment is based on projected fundraising, donations, and sponsorships. As we grow Pride in Spokane so will the entertainment budget.

Why don’t you move the protesters?

Unfortunately the location of the protesters is not decided by OutSpokane but rather by the Police Department. Their right to be at the Pride Parade is protected by the United States Constitution. We do our best to discourage our spectators from engaging with them.

Why is the Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival the same weekend as Elkfest?

The Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival has been happening the 2nd weekend in June for 26 years. Elkfest has been around for 17 years. The real question is why is Elkfest the same weekend as the Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival?