It’s June! Which means it’s time to celebrate the LGBTQ community — both its progress and continued fight for equality. Marches, festivals, and, yes, parades will grace cities all across the country. Many Pride events occur on the last Sunday of June to commemorate the anniversary of the riots at New York’s Stonewall Inn, June 28, 1969. But others are held all throughout the month.
From NYC’s Pride March, which draws 3 million people, annually, to Indiana’s first ever Pride celebration in Buffalo Grove, you’re bound to find something up to your speed, wherever you are. Here are some of the best Pride events we’ve found around the country.
Commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, the WorldPride NYC/Stonewall 50 2019 celebration has an incredible range of events set for June: family movie night, a human rights conference, and, of course, the world’s BIGGEST Pride celebration … the NYC Pride March.
What started as a tiny celebration in 1975, has grown into a rollicking 50,000+ Pride destination, boasting New England’s only illuminated, after-dark parade — and one of the few nighttime parades in the country. Rhode Island PrideFest features all manners of floats, performers, live entertainment, and an educational/recreational kid zone for LGBTQ families. Plus, they host 200+ vendors, food trucks, and its very famous — very official — reservation-only Drag Brunch.
Voted the second most welcoming city in the U.S., it’s no wonder people flock to the Big Easy’s Pride celebrations, held over the second weekend in June. From its pre-parade block parties to its float-happy parade in the French Quarter, NOLA Pride is a ton of fun, with a lot of heart. Proceeds from many festival events support LGBTQ issues, including anti-bullying and anti-discrimination initiatives.
Follow the rainbow crosswalks (really!) to Chicago’s PrideFest, a 2-day street festival and Pride parade, celebrating the LGBTQ community and culture. The 2019 fest will commemorate 50 years since Stonewall, the birthplace of Pride, and feature live music on 4 stages. We’re talking dancing, drag shows, hundreds of food vendors and merchants, a pet parade, and its famous, annual event “Out at Wrigley,” a national anthem singing contest.
The Pride festival with a mission, SF Pride is dedicated to the education and commemoration of LGBTQ heritage, culture, and liberation. And it’s one of the country’s largest, oldest, and most well known Prides. This year there’ll be big name drag performances on the main stage and another 20 community-run stages and venues. It’ll showcase hundreds of exhibitors, a youth art show, and — for the first time ever — host a golf tournament and fundraiser. Not into standing or marching? Grandstand seating is available for those who’d rather watch from the comfort of a chair on the north side of Market Street (register early for a seat).
At Esurance, we strive to bring equality to all of our customers. We’re a longtime supporter of Pride events, and one of the few auto insurers to offer the married rate to domestic partners in nearly every state where we offer coverage. We hope you’ll join us this June in wishing everyone a very Happy Pride!