|Theme:||Pride 25: From Silence To Celebration|
|Date:||June 11th 2016|
|Location:||Riverfront Park Gondola Meadows|
|Pride Bar sponsored by nYne:||Noon-10pm|
|All Ages Dance Party:||6pm-10pm|
For details on the Pride Parade, please CLICK HERE.
Pride 25: From Silence to Celebration
Since 1992, Spokane has seen the LGBTQA community come together to honor 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. 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.
The first march in Spokane was literally on the sidewalks and was sponsored and coordinated by Spokane PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). The following year a permit was ordered and the march was in the streets, followed by a small rally in the park. This June marks the 25th year we’ve celebrated Pride in Spokane. Join us for a day to celebrate who we are, honor our past, and look forward to our future. Please come and enjoy the day of festivities and Pride with us. Everyone is welcome.
The Pride Parade starts downtown at Noon so be sure to get down early. Our Rainbow Festival opens immediately following the Pride Parade. The Rainbow Festival will be at Riverfront Park Gondola Meadows (by the Bloomsday statues). Live Entertainment, Resource and Business Fair, Family Area (including a climbing wall from Wild Walls, petting zoo from Second Chance Ranch, and the WSU Raptor Club), Teen Zone by Odyssey Youth Movement, and the nYne Pride Bar featuring Beer, Wine, & Spirits await you. Bring your entire family for a day of fun.
To mark the 25th Pride, OutSpokane has assembled a History Wall to highlight milestones and chart the growth of Pride in Spokane. From our first marchers with covered heads to hide their identity to our first year with the Color Guard marching, we’d like you to remember the past while looking toward the future. Be sure to stop by the History Wall at the Rainbow Festival during the day of festivities.
This year will feature an art show curated by JJ Rocco called Pride’s Palette. 40 artists will have Pride related exhibits for sale with 30% of proceeds being donated to OutSpokane. Pride’s Palette will be near the North West section of the Rainbow Festival under the Gondola rides, near the nYne Pride Bar.
Also this year our celebration will be going into the night with an all ages dance party from 6pm-10pm hosted by DJ Jewels. The nYne Pride Bar will stay open late and for the first time in our history, at approximately 10pm, there will be a fireworks display to commemorate Spokane’s 25 years of Pride!
There is something for everyone at Pride; be a part of it. We hope to see you there.
To register your business, group, or organization to attend the parade this year, please CLICK HERE.