Seattle is, famously, one of America’s most accepting and welcoming cities. And each year, that love for community balloons into Seattle Pride. Here’s your essential guide to what’s on tap this year for Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest 2019, much of it occurring in the heart of gay seattle, Capitol Hill, near downtown.
June 2nd, 2019
This respected and celebrated event is produced by the Capitol Hill Chamber and PrideFest. Every year, the Capitol Hill Clean Sweep attracts over 300 volunteers to come help clean up the neighborhood in preparation for Pride Month. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and cleaning supplies to work with, and it’s a nice opportunity for the community to pay respect to the local area.
Another tradition of Seattle PrideFest is the annual Queer Art Walk, which is an art walk around the city. Attendees can download and print a map of participating venues a week before the event, which is put on as a partnership between Capitol Hill Art Walk and PrideFest.
This is known annually as the biggest day on Capitol Hill, home to Seattle Pride for decades. The five-block party connects food vendors, local artisans, and five stages of live entertainment with a diverse and lively crowd. This is a free-to-attend event, and one of the touchstones of the entire Seattle Pride experience.
The Seattle Pride Parade will take place at 11am in Downtown Seattle along 4th Avenue. Lasting around four hours, the parade collects volunteers and community members to put on a festive display of affection and celebration for the LGBT community. As with many Pride weeks and months and celebrations, this parade is a headlining, pivotal event.
Celebrating 50 years since the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement at the New York City Stonewall Riots, the Seattle Center Pride Festival continues the celebration. Another free event, the Seattle Center edition of the festival will also feature some of the city’s best food, shopping, and live entertainment. Some of the performers at the Seattle Center PrideFest include DJ MIxxtress, Debby Holiday, The Purple Lemonade, Whitney Monge, and Miz Honey Bucket.
Learn more about Seattle Pride here, and explore the Emerald City with our insider’s guide online. Find our recommendations for the best Seattle experiences on the Pan Pacific blog!
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