Out and About: What to Look Forward to During Pride 2017
Celebrating Pride is one of the best parts of spring and summer. The sunshine, the solidarity, and the sensational gathering of diverse communities in the name of love—we cherish it every year. While every Pride celebration near you is worth attending, here are some of the highlights around the country that we’re most excited about.
PRIDE TORONTO, JUNE 1–25:
Celebrate Pride all month long in Toronto. Image courtesy of Pride Toronto.
Pride Torontois always one of the biggest and brightest Prides around, and this year will be no exception. June 2017 marks Toronto’s second annual Pride Month (that's right, you've got all of June to pull up a chair).
This year, organizers have chosen the “+” sign as the month-long festival’s theme, representing the diversity amongst the people and voices involved in the event, as well as the goal of adding new perspectives. Consider yourself invited—and included.
PITTSBURGH PRIDE, JUNE 2–11:
“Rise Up” with Pride Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Pride Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Prideis ready to go big or go home. 1,500 members of the LGBTQ community and its allies voted for “Rise Up” as this year’s theme and organizers are—fittingly—rising to the challenge.
2017 Pride will see the expansion of PrideFest and the addition of new events, including a 5.5k/Fun Run on June 4 and an after-work event on June 10, featuring an outdoor concert on Liberty Ave. But that’s not all. In addition to 150 vendors, a children’s activity area, three entertainment stages, and a dance area, this year’s PrideFest will feature a 300-foot mobile zip line. Rise up, indeed!
BOSTON PRIDE, JUNE 2–11:
Zipcar has rolled through Boston’s Pride parade for over a decade.
Serving as a call to action for the LGBTQ community and allies, Boston Pride’s 2017 theme is “Stronger Together.” In addition to its annual Parade (where Zipcar hasmarched—and driven!—for more than the past decade), held this year on June 10,BostonPride will also host a number of talks and events that focus on marginalized voices. Because we're all in this together.
LA PRIDE, JUNE 5–11:
LA has been celebrating Pride since 1970. Image courtesy of LA Pride.
Props to the City of Angels: LA Pride was first held back in 1970—just one year after the Stonewall Riots—and was the very first Pride on the West Coast. Soak up the history, the vibes, and theSoCalsun during the events.
This year, the event’s organizers are looking to get back to their roots and have replaced the annual colorful parade with a protest march on June 11 inspired by the massive women’s marches earlier this year.
PRIDE NW, JUNE 17–18:
Portland Pride has it all—from a waterfront festival to a Gaylabration. Image courtesy of Another Believer.
If you're inPortland, how do you celebrate Pride 2017? With aGaylabration, of course. An annual dance party and charity fundraiser that values "celebrating the diversity of love and relationships," it keeps attendees dancing into the wee hours.
But Gaylabration is only one part of the widerPride NWfestivities, which will also include a waterfront festival, parade, live music, and the Official Portland Trans Pride March.
NYC PRIDE, JUNE 16–25:
It’s no surprise that the Big Apple does it big for Pride.
As bright, bold, and beautiful as the city itself,NYC Pridewill offer up something for pretty much everyone this year. For LGBTQ families, Family Movie Night on the 20th will be a summery, kid-friendly affair. For activists, the rally on June 16 marks Pride's history, dating all the way back to the Stonewall Riots. For party animals, there will be a VIP rooftop party, performances on the pier, and all-star DJ line-ups. And the parade? That's for everybody.
SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE, JUNE 24–25:
Celebrate at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco.
Pride has always been a colorful celebration, as well as a chance to honor a long history of social justice activism. Join theSFparade as it goes down Market Street (and hit up the Kickoff Party, while you're at it). Before and after the parade, join the two-day celebration in the heart of San Francisco at Civic Center Plaza, featuring all genres of music, entertainment, and public speakers. Because getting out and about, is what it’s all about.