Seattle Pride is taking celebrations of the LGBTI community onto the next level. This Pride Month, in fact, grunge city has extended Pride Festival to a 365 day-long event.
Pride Year and the campaign #WeSeaLove, started on 1 June, focus on the power of humanity. The year-long event is a partnership with Visit Seattle in collaboration with photographers, locals, and historical organizations to post daily images on both Instagram, @WeSEALove, and on www.wesealove.com.
The city is showing its love posting one picture a day of those identifying as LGBTI and allies.
Alongside this photographic exhibit, June still has a few tricks up its sleeve. It has been a whole month of events and a few will follow, such as Trans Pride Seattle on 22 June and Seattle Dyke March on 23 June.
Seattle Pride welcomes all
This year’s theme is Pride Beyond Borders, highlighting once again how Seattle is a city that welcomes all, regardless of their gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
The theme also recognizes the intersectionality within the LGBTI family, including the too often forgotten minorities in the community.
The 44th parade
Celebrations will then culminate in the annual parade, attracting 50,000 people every year.
The 44th march is on 24 June and will be opened by motorcycle group Dykes That Ride. It will kick off at 11am in Union Street in Downtown Seattle. It will then run along 4th Avenue, finally heading north to Denny Way.
Announcers this year include drag personality Aleksa Manila and body positive Burlesque performer Briq House. Seattle-based writer ilvs strauss, Al Lykya, Londyn Bradshaw and Alyssa Yeoman will also join.
Seattle Alternative Pride
Arts and fashion publication Nark Magazine and LGBTI only DJ collective Bottom Forty are presenting their own mini-festival, from 21 to 25 June. Seattle’s Alternative Pride Festival Weekend 2018 is a weekend of fun, togetherness, and debauchery celebrating the vibrant cultures of Seattle across nine different events.
From rooftops to boat cruises to warehouse raving to drag competitions to hip-hop concerts and more, celebrating local and foreign talent in music, visual arts, and drag. All proceeds will go to Seattle’s LGBTI Center.