PrideFest, June 27-28, Seattle Pride Parade, June 28, and Capitol Hill Pride Festival, June 27, Seattle
It’s PrideFest weekend, June 27-28, in Seattle, two days of celebration by the LGBT community and friends, featuring the 41st annual Pride Parade downtown Sunday. Billed as the largest free Pride event in America, it’s one of Seattle’s biggest summer festivals, drawing huge crowds to the parade and other events.
Saturday’s PrideFest festivities start with Family Day at Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park with drag queen story times, Seattle Police K-9 and horse units and entertainment by The Not-Its and Northwest Tap Connection. All-ages activities focus on teens later in the afternoon, and the family and teen area is drug-, alcohol- and smoke- free all day.
PrideFest adult fun time at the Street Festival on Capitol Hill includes food trucks, a beer garden, live music and a DJ Saturday.
Sunday’s Seattle Pride events start early with food trucks and beer and cocktail gardens at three locations along the parade route and a parade preshow event at Westlake Park. Grand marshals The Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and The Wildrose owners Martha Manning and Shelley Brothers lead the parade, themed “A Lifetime of Pride,” honoring everyone who serves the community. The celebration continues with entertainment and events throughout the day Sunday at Seattle Center.
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Also on Saturday, the Capitol Hill Pride Festival welcomes everyone for a day of festivities starting with the “Never Forget, Stonewall” march and rally followed by entertainment on three stages, food vendors, events at local bars and restaurants and pony rides for kids. The Doggie Drag Costume Contest to benefit Seattle Humane Society, an annual favorite at the festival, starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Time: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 28.
Location: Saturday, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle and 11th Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle; Sunday, Seattle Center.
More info: seattlepridefest.org
Seattle Pride Parade
Time: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 28; preshow, 10 a.m., Westlake Park.
Location: Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way; beer gardens at Westlake Park, Bell Street and Denny Way
More info: seattlepride.org
Capitol Hill Pride Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
Location: Broadway from East Denny Way to East Roy Street, Seattle
More information: capitolhillpridefestival.info