You will no doubt be familiar with Pride Month; a full month in which the equality and rights of members of the LGBT community are fought for and highlighted. June is Pride Month for many countries the world over, and for a huge number of cities around the globe, it is a fun and important time.
AS in many places, celebrating LGBT Pride Month in Seattle, WA, is a long-standing and large affair, where all people are welcomed and entertained. Check out the article below if you want to find out more about how it all began for Seattle, and what people do now to celebrate.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The first Pride March for the city happened in 1974, just for years after New York held the country’s first parade back in 1970. Four years may seem like a long time, but it was a controversial and fragile subject especially in the seventies, and as such, it took a fair few years for the Pride Marches to become the norm across the country.
Like with most of the Pride events that were happening in those days, it was a small gathering with less than fifty people said to have taken part in the first one for Seattle. However, times quickly changed, and by 1977 the Mayor declared it an official event. Nowadays, it is estimated that up to three hundred thousand people attend Pride events in the city every year.
HOW PEOPLE CELEBRATE PRIDE MONTH IN SEATTLE, WA
It doesn’t matter what city you go to during June, you will find a heap of festivals, marches, and a lot of happy people; but below you will find some of the most common ways Seattle celebrates.
THE SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE
The nonprofit organization Seattle Out and Proud organizes and hosts most of the events that happen during the month, with the main one being the Pride Parade. This takes place on the final Sunday of June; it starts at 4th and Pike, continues along 4th Avenue, and ends at 2nd Avenue and Denny Way. At the finish of the parade, you will encounter the PrideFest.
To wrap up not only the Pride Parade but also the month’s celebrations as a whole, the city hosts the annual PrideFest at the Seattle Center. This festival is the perfect place to be with fifty thousand attendees all dancing the night away. As well as listening to music and dancing with your friends, there are also street vendors selling food, drinks, and souvenirs.
BARS AND CLUBS
Regardless of your music taste or gender identity, Seattle is packed with LGBT bars and clubs that come even more alive during Pride. You may already have your own favorites in mind, but if you are new to the area and aren’t sure where to go, then check out some of the top recommendations below.
- THE CUFF
- R PLACE
- MADISON PUB
- THE SEATTLE EAGLE
Whatever you end up doing, you will be surrounded by lively shows, jolly people, and an unforgettable atmosphere!
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