As we saunter closer to Pride month, cities and towns across the U.S. are announcing how they’ll be celebrating Pride in a Covid-friendly way. Thankfully, this June we’re already seeing far more outdoor in-person events than we did in 2020 — many with events for the LGBTQ parents and kids. Make sure you check back on this list for updates.
Here’s what’s going on in-person for Pride 2021:
In the city of brotherly love, Pride is happening in-person, but it’s on hold until the fall. Instead of the usual June celebrations, organizers will instead be putting on a “Pride Lite” event on September 4th at Penn’s Landing, according to Philadelphia Gay News.
The City of Philadelphia currently isn’t allowing parades due to the pandemic. Since organizers are hoping to kick off the party with the usual Pride Parade, they’re holding off until restrictions will hopefully be relaxed.
“We’re going to do a pride event, because we know people will be itching to get out,” Fran Price of Philly Pride Presents told PGN. “But it won’t be like the traditional pride events we’re used to doing because of the city guidelines.”
New York City
NYC Pride has several virtual and in-person events planned during Pride month in June.
The organization has announced the city’s official theme for 2021, "The Fight Continues," as the kick-off to this year's Pride events in New York City.
Among this year’s major virtual events are The Rally on June 25th, which will feature “a diverse array of speakers and activists in a virtual format.” Other key events like Pride Presents, the Human Rights Conference, and Family Movie Night (keep an eye out for GWK's founder, Brian Rosenberg!) will also be featured in virtual formats for 2021.
The NYC Pride March, which will take place on June 27th, will be presented in a virtual format as well as “to-be-determined in-person elements,” according to NYCP.
“PrideFest and Pride Island will also return on June 27th, with further details to be revealed at a later time,” organizers said.
Tickets are already on sale for Chicago’s 2021 Pride in the Park event, which will be held June 26th and 27th in Grant Park. Organizers said their health plan met all the Governor’s guidelines for outdoor events.
“We will be working closely with the Chicago Parks District and the city of Chicago to safely bring you one of the first festivals to Chicago since the pandemic started,” organizers said. “Come join us for two days of fun, music, activist speakers, and partying with friends and chosen family.”
All event-goers will be responsible for downloading an app called HealthPass+ by CLEAR, where they must pass identification clearance and connect their lab results/ COVID-19 vaccination to their profile. The line-up and other information about the event itself is still to be determined.
This year’s Pride theme in San Francisco is “All in This Together.” Instead of a parade, the city will be hosting its first-ever SF Pride Movie Night, which will be held at Oracle Park on June 11th and 12th.
SFPride said the two ticketed socially-distanced events will allow the Bay Area’s LGBTQ+ communities to once again be able to gather in limited, in-person events while strictly adhering to current safety protocols at the ballpark.
“Join us for an evening (or two!) of movie premieres, popcorn, live and virtual entertainment, and special appearances before the screening each night as we celebrate San Francisco and our LGBTQ+ communities together,” organizers said.
On Friday, June 18th, the eve of Juneteenth, SFPride will also hold a rally at the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC.)
This year, DallasPride will be holding two back-to-back nights of outdoor in-person celebrations at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
On June 4th and 5th, ticket holders will get to enjoy two nights of variety shows inside the Historic Band Shell, featuring musical and entertainment talent from across North Texas.
“In addition to the outside, in-person experiences, the event will also be streamed online for those who feel more comfortable watching from home,” DallasPride said.
Not to be outdone by its more-famous neighboring city, Abilene Texas, two hours west of Dallas, will also be holding a sizable Pride event this year; its first official Gay Pride Parade.
Abilene’s Denims and Diamonds parade will be held on Saturday, September 25th 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a street dance, awards ceremony, and speeches from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Twin Cities usually host some of the midwest’s largest Pride events. But as the site of the 2020 police-murder of George Floyd, Twin Cities Pride organization said it’s taking a slightly different stance on the idea of a Pride Parade this year.
“The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police has deeply impacted our community and our organization, and it highlights the systemic racial inequity that still exists in Minneapolis and across the nation,” TCPride said. “We do not feel a celebratory Pride Parade is appropriate at this time, and the inclusivity of all community members will be the focus of our events moving forward. Instead, we will use our platform and our voices to support the social justice groups that plan to march on June 28th in Minneapolis.”
Provided large gatherings are allowed at the time, families are also being invited to grab a blanket and a picnic and join a Pride Family Fun Day at Como Park East Pavilions in St. Paul on June 20th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Key West, Florida
Several super-chill Pride events are planned in the sunny tropical city of Key West beginning on a Wednesday, because why not?
On June 2nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. organizers say everyone is welcome at the Key West Pride Kick-off Party at Island House, where they’ll be handing out free Stoli Cocktails, champagne and Hors-d’oeuvres. Get rid of the hangover the following day by joining the men-only naked pool party at 1pm at Equator Resort.
After enjoying a few days of pool parties, DJ’s and bartending competitions, celebrations will wrap up with a Pride Street Fair in Key West on June 5th, and a Pride Parade on June 6th starting at 5 p.m. on Duval Street.
Boston may have canceled everything Pride-related for 2021, but we knew Ptown wouldn’t miss another Pride. The Cape Cod LGBTQ+ community is hosting an array of in-person Pride events this year from June 4th through the 6th.
Kicking off Pride in Provincetown on Friday June 4th is “Elton & Billy,” a poolside cabaret at the Crown & Anchor, where PTown’s premiere piano men Jon Richardson and Todd Alsup will take guests on a thrilling musical ride through the iconic hits of pop legends Elton John and Billy Joel.
Long Island, NY
Provided you’ve had your COVID-19 vaccine, you’re welcome to join in Long Island’s Pride event this June.
"A live concert, entertainment and a lot of celebrating who we are and who we love will be on display as we come back proudly and safe!" organizers said.
The pre-ticketed musical event will be held the afternoon of June 13th at Eisenhower park’s Lakeside Theater, where only 500 vaccinated people will be admitted.
“Following New York State Department of Health and CDC guidance, the capacity for Long Island Pride 2021 at Eisenhower Park is 500 and all attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19,” organizers added.
If you have information about any other in-person Pride events for 2021, email Brit@GaysWithKids.com