Pride season is nearly here and Dallas is shaking up our celebration style this year. Our pride festival and parade will be moving to Fair Park and rather than happening in September like years past, Dallas Pride is moving to June 1-2.
The theme for the weekend is, "Stonewall STRONG, Dallas PROUD" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in New York City.
The weekend will open with the Miller Lite Music Festival on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 10 a.m. Dallas Pride's executive director, Jaron Turnbow, says he and his team are excited to make use of the expanded space available at Fair Park for the festival this year. And bigger space comes with big names like this year's featured performances by Grammy-award winner Estelle, The Roommates, Ada Vox and more!
Pride continues on Sunday with the return of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade stepping off at 2 p.m. The parade route will now be even longer, expanding from Cedar Springs Road to nearly one mile through Fair Park and around the Cotton Bowl. You won't have to choose between a good view and a good drink; there are plans to line the route with bars for guests to sit, sip and watch the parade.
Dallas Pride will also feature events for youth and families. Teen Pride, presented by Real Live Connection, will provide a safe space for teens 13-19. This section of the festival will include live entertainment from artists and DJs, interactive experiences and more. The Family Pride zone will be a family's-only area that will provide entertainment, games, and activities designed specifically to engage kids in their own version of a pride experience.
A special appearance
A piece of LGBTQ history will be on display for the festival in Fair Park's Centennial Hall. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is planned to make an appearance for Dallas Pride, according to Turnbow. The Quilt started in November of 1985 in San Francisco by Cleve Jones, a well-known gay rights activist of the era. The Quilt's inaugural display was at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in October 1987.
Gear up for your Dallas Pride weekend by checking out everything there is to see and do in Oak Lawn, Dallas' "gayborhood," – and check out what else to see and do during your trip with our LGBTQ weekend itinerary.