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June Is Pride Month and There's a Celebration Near You

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Happy Pride Month! June marks a full month of celebrating LGBT+ pride and all the strides the queer community has made. And this year is a very special landmark, as June 28 marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which is commonly accepted as the dawn of the queer rights movement.

If you're looking for the closest pride parade near you, read on to get the details on celebrations and festivals across the U.S.

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1. Los Angeles

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Los Angeles has the earliest pride celebration of the month, with Pride Week kicking off May 31 and ending June 9.

Friday June 7 – Sunday June 9: LA Pride Festival takes place in West Hollywood and is a star-studded festival with appearances from performers like Meghan Trainor, Paul Abdul, and Years & Years.

Sunday June 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: The LA Pride Parade runs down Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax and Doheny.

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2. Dallas

Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.: The Dallas Pride Festival at Fair Park costs $10 for adults, $5 for teens (kids 12 and under are free). 

Sunday, June 2, 9 a.m: The parade route encircles the Cotton Bowl and Fair Park, and admission is free. 

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3. Seattle

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Seattle is celebrating its 45th pride as well as the Stonewall anniversary, so it's definitely going to be a great year to celebrate the rainbow in the Emerald City.

Saturday, June 8, noon – 7 p.m.: The Volunteer Park Pride Festival in Capitol Hill is a free, all-ages event with live music, food trucks and more.

Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m.: The parade celebrating Stonewall runs along 4th avenue toward Seattle Center.


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4. Washington, D.C.

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Saturday, June 8, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: The Capital Pride Parade starts at Dupont Circle.

Sunday, June 9, noon – 10 p.m.: The Capital Pride Festival and Concert takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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5. New Orleans

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No one does a parade like the Big Easy. 

Saturday, June 8, noon – 5 p.m.: Outside the Phoenix on North Rampart, check out PrideFest with musical guest Big Freedia.

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: The New Orleans Pride Parade circles the French Quarter, ending outside the French Market. 

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6. Key West, FL

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Key West is one of the most fun places to celebrate LBGT pride any time of year.

Sunday, June 9, 5 p.m.: The parade down Duval Street wraps up a week of pageants and celebrations.

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7. Chicago

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Saturday June 22 – Sunday June 23: Chicago Pride Fest kicks off, where else but Boystown, with performers including Leann Rimes, Betty Who, and Alex Newell. 

Saturday, June 29, 1 p.m.: Pride in the Park at Grant Park features performances from Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoki, with admission starting at $50.

Sunday June 30, noon: The Chicago 50th Annual Pride Parade kicks off at Broadway and Montrose.

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8. NYC

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The ultimate place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is where it happened: at the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. NYC Pride has events the entire month of June to mark the occasion, but the major celebrations are as follows:

Wednesday, June 26, 7–10 p.m.: WorldPride Opening Ceremony at Barclays Center. Hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring Cyndi Lauper, Todrick Hall, Ciara, Chaka Khan, Billy Porter, and Daya. Get tickets now

Friday, June 28, 6–9 p.m.: Stonewall 50 Commemoration at the Stonewall Inn. Celebrate and honor the Stonewall Uprising on the 50th anniversary of the birth of a movement at this free rally event.

Sunday, June 30, 12 p.m.: The Pride March parade began one year after the uprising on June 28, 1970 with the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. The route has changed over the years, but queer New Yorkers and allies can catch the march starting at Madison Square Park down to Washington Square Park, then on to the Stonewall National Monument and ending at 23rd St and 7th Ave.

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Sunday, June 30, 12 p.m.: The Pride March parade began one year after the uprising on June 28, 1970 with the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. The route has changed over the years, but queer New Yorkers and allies can catch the march starting at Madison Square Park down to Washington Square Park, then on to the Stonewall National Monument and ending at 23rd St and 7th Ave.

Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.: Pridefest: Corresponding with the parade is a street festival between Union Square and Astor Place and featuring performers like Melanic C and Sink the Pink, Lauren Jauregui, and The Veronicas.

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10. San Francisco

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While the Stonewall uprising is considered the birth of queer pride, it wasn't the first revolt against LGBTQ+ discrimination. The Compton's Cafeteria riot in San Francisco's Tenderloin district predates Stonewall by three years. Also led by trans people, trans women in particular, this lesser known protest of police harassment was the true birth of the movement and a big reason San Francisco remains a mecca and safe haven for queer folks of all genders.

Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30: The two-day celebration and rally at Civic Center Plaza opens Saturday at noon and closes Sunday at 6.

Sunday, June 30, 10:30 a.m.: San Francisco's Pride Parade stretches along Market Street from Embarcadero to Civic Center

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