Seattle Pride kicks off its month of events

Where to party, donate, and watch the big parade.

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This year’s Pride Parade Grand Marshals include Ijeoma Oluo, the Lavender Rights Project, and Mx. Pucks A’Plenty.

Photo by Nate Gowdy

From now until Fri., June 30, you’re going to see a lot more Roy G. Biv than usual — it’s officially Pride Month in the Emerald City.

Here’s what’s going on.

A little history

    While the parties and parades are fun, they’re the result of years of struggle and a continuing fight for human rights.
    Seattle’s first Pride parade happened in June 1974 — four years after the Stonewall Riots. At the time, only 50 people participated. Now, more than 400,000 spectators line the streets to watch the big event.

    Don’t miss out

    • PrideFest | Sat., June 24-Sun., June 25 | 12-8 p.m. | Capitol Hill and Seattle Center | This giant, two-day party is classic Seattle Pride business with beer gardens, performers, kids activities, and vendors. The first day takes over Capitol Hill before migrating down to Seattle Center the following day.
    • Seattle Pride Parade | Sun., June 25 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Westlake Park + downtown | This is the fourth-largest Pride parade in the US with boozy gardens, sober spaces, and live musical performances along the way.

    How to get involved

    Pride is a prime time to give back, too. Celebrate by volunteering or giving donations to one of these local orgs.

    • Ingersoll Gender Center | This org by and for folks who are transgender offers support groups, job boards, and healthcare provider guide.
    • Lambert House | The nonprofit seeks to create a supportive community for LGBTQ+ youth through support groups, game nights, and giving kids a place to just be themselves.
    • PFLAG Seattle | This organization hopes to create supportive home environments for LGBTQ+ youth by educating their families and friends.
    • Gay City | This center aims to provide a holistic set of resources for the LGBTQ+ community with job training, STI/HIV testing, arts programs, and more.
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