This Year’s Event: June 9, Noon - 10 pm
The 2018 Spokane Pride Celebration and Rainbow Festival will be held in downtown Spokane on June 9 at the Riverfront Park Lilac Meadows.
This year will include Pride Palette, a special Pride-related art show sponsored by Art Seed. Art Seed will donate 30% of all proceeds to OutSpokane.
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2017
What: The 27th Annual Spokane Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival
Location: Downtown Spokane (Riverfront Park Lilac Meadows, just east of the clock tower)
Pride Parade: Noon - 1 p.m.
Rainbow Festival: Noon - 10 p.m.
Festival Booths: Noon - 6 p.m.
Teen Zone sponsored by INBA Outreach: Noon - 6 p.m.
Family Area sponsored by Delta Dental: Noon - 6 p.m.
Pride Bar sponsored by nYne: Noon - 10 p.m.
All Ages Dance Party: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Fireworks: 10 p.m.
For more information, visit OutSpokane. And be sure to check out the entire schedule for Pride Week and Pride Month!
History of Pride
Pride celebrations started all around the world in response to the 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York and Stonewall riots. These were key moments in LGBTQA history and activism. Pride festivals from South Africa to Finland honor these events and the vital contributions LGBTQA communities make each and every day.
Spokane Pride began in the early 1990s to continue this important tradition in Eastern Washington. It has grown every year and has become one of the most exciting events in the region. It gives the LGBTQA community a dedicated place in a beautiful location to celebrate. People from all over Eastern Washington and beyond make their way to Spokane to join their friends and loved ones.
Why Celebrate Spokane Pride?
At Pride festivals worldwide, LGBTQA communities gather to display their fellowship. The annual Spokane Pride festival is a celebration of equality and inclusion that promotes an open and accepting environment. Spokane is the second largest city in Washington and home to thousands of LGBTQA people. Spokane Pride honors all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and allied people and recognizes the LGBTQA community’s past and the promise of its future.
The festival includes music, dancing, festival booths, delicious food, and fireworks. It is a joyous day full of love, laughter, and support. The party provides everyone the chance to show their support of LGBTQA causes and celebrate with new and old friends.
Find fun for all at Spokane Pride and Rainbow Festival. Whether you want to sing, dance, eat, or just be around your loving neighbors, the place to be is Spokane Pride! So mark your calendars for the second Saturday of June. The weather will more than likely be great and spirits will be high.
And remember that June is Pride Month, so be sure to explore our event calendar for opportunities to party all month long! Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Spokane’s LGBTQA community!