Since 1972, shortly following the Stonewall Riots in New York City, the LGBTQ population of North Texas has been gathering to celebrate Pride and unity within the community. The celebration has grown to one of the largest in the South and draws people from around the country. Luckily for you, we've got your guide to make this year's Pride weekend one for the books.
The 2018 Dallas Pride Festival, held at Reverchon Park, Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., is packed with activities for people of all ages. Check out the Family Pride Zone, organized by Rainbow Roundup, which will have games, live performances and kid's activities.
You certainly won't want to miss one of the longest running Pride parades in the United States. The 2018 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade takes place on Sept. 16 beginning at 2 p.m. The parade route runs down Cedar Springs Road and is free to anyone who wants to attend and watch.
Pride weekend offers several opportunities to listen to some of the country's biggest LGBTQ dance DJs in the city's hottest venues.
Purple Foundation, a nonprofit organization raising funds for those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS, hosts three great parties over Pride weekend:
- Lizard Lounge, Friday, Sept.14, 9 p.m. – 4 a.m.
- SISU Uptown, Saturday, Sept. 15, 1-7 p.m.
- Station4 (S4), Sunday, Sept. 16, 4-10 p.m.
The Drag Shows
Dallas is home to some of the most talented Drag performers and one of the premier Drag clubs in the country. Pop into Station4 any evening over Pride weekend and visit the world renowned Rose Room at S4 to see Cassie Nova, Krystal Summers, Asia O'Hara and many more of the nations most entertaining performers. You are guaranteed to have an amazing time!