Pride Month is a special time for millions of people across the world, it is a time for members of the LGBT community to come together, show support for one another, and raise awareness of the past and present struggles that they have faced.
Celebrating Pride Month in the Port of Jacksonville, FL, is the perfect way to be part of the community and celebrations, while also being able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the area. Below, we have put together a guide on the history of Pride Month in the Port of Jacksonville, and how it is recognized today.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
1978 was the year of the first Pride Parade that took place in here, this was nine years after the Stonewall Riots happened back in New York City. Nine years may seem like a long time, but back then, there was very little support for the LGBT community and what it stood for, and it was difficult for events to be organized with so few people there to offer support.
The lack of money, support, and resources, continued to be a problem for those in the LGBT community, with events and festivities being on and off for the next few decades. It wasn’t until 2010, that the community set about fundraising money in order to have an annual Pride Parade like most other cities in the country.
The fundraising was a success, the Pride Parade and Festival has been celebrated in October to coexist with National Coming Out Day ever since. However, this is still a range of celebrations during June to recognize Pride Month.
HOW PEOPLE CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN THE PORT OF JACKSONVILLE, FL
THE PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL
The River City Pride Parade and Festival is the main event of Pride – it is celebrated in October, over the weekend that is the closest National Coming Out Day that is on the 11th of the month. Firstly, on the Saturday you can join in the parade, walking a mile and a half through the LGBT communities in the area, or alternatively, you can cheer on the people in the parade from the sidelines. Next, on the Sunday, there is the Pride Festival – an annual festival that encourages everyone to end the weekend in styles, listening to music, and dancing with friends.
SPRINGFIELD PRIDE FEST
For anyone who is too impatient to wait until October for a Pride festival, then the Springfield Pride Fest has you covered. Much like the one in October, this festival is full of music, dancing, cocktails, and street vendors – it all makes for an unforgettable day.
BARS AND CLUBS
If you fancy joining in the celebrations at one of the areas LGBT bars, then check out the list below for some of our top recommendations, where you will be in for a great time!
- BOOT RACK SALOON
- PARK PLACE LOUNGE
Celebrating Pride Month in the Port of Jacksonville, FL, is a fun, vibrant, and welcoming affair. There is an abundance of celebrations for you to have fun and make new friends!
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