Pride Month is finally here and a few unexpected destinations are ready to celebrate it with their own US pride festivals. Take a detour to these less beaten paths and find out more about the Pride Month events throughout the United States.
9-16 June 2018
If you’re up for a road trip to one of the northernmost cities in the US, do not forget your pride outfit. Anchorage PrideFest Week, celebrated on 9-16 June, will warm up the atmosphere with seven days of drag contests, brunches, and runs. Movie lovers can enjoy classic LGBTI flicks during the annual Pride FilmFest. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Philadelphia, celebrated with a special screening: better get those tissues ready.
8-17 June 2018
Alaska capital city Juneau is also celebrating Pride month with fun-loving activities and the fourth edition of GLITZ on 16-17 June. The two final nights will be hosted by Gigi Monroe and drag king Spikey van Dykey, plus a special appearance by RuPaul’s Jasmine Masters.
15-17 June 2018
Iowa, which was the third state to recognize same-sex marriages back in 2009, will host its 48th Pride Festival this year. Iowa City will be bustling with events, culminating in the weekend of 15-17 June. The highlight, however, will be the big parade on Saturday, 16 June. Performers will include Candi Stratton as Cher, American Idol Alisabeth Von Presley and four top stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
15-16 June 2018
During the weekend of 15-16 June, Louisville will celebrate equality at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 18th edition of the Kentuckiana Pride. Moreover, the organization behind the event will launch their new logo. The design will incorporate the rainbow flag in the usual fleur-de-lis, that is the lily representing the city.
23-24 June 2018
St. Louis’s Soldiers Memorial Park will have its 7th PrideFest on 23-24 June. The Missourian celebration will include performances by Grammy-winning artist Mya, 90s duo La Bouche, Steve Grand and Bonnie McKee.
15 July 2018
Located halfway through the bigger prides of Chicago and Milwaukee, Kenosha will host one of the smallest LGBTI festivals in the country on 15 July. Last year’s pride attracted 500 people, but that shouldn’t fool you. The sixth edition will have a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere which won’t make you regret other colossal celebrations. Your furry friends will love it, too, thanks to the dedicated pet area.
9 September 2018
If you feel one month is not enough to celebrate the LGBTI community, fear not: more events will follow later this year. Oakland, California, in fact, will host its ninth pride on 9 September. It will include a parade and a Family Fun Zone, a safe space for children to enjoy the festival together with parents and caregivers.