A midsize city in Texas has announced it will be holding its first-ever Gay Pride Parade later this year.
Abilene, located nearly 200 miles west of Dallas, has been the site of a few unofficial LGBTQ+ Pride events over the last decade, according to ABC12. But the Denims and Diamonds parade, which will be held in late September 2021, will be the city’s first official Gay Pride Parade.
The parade is being organized by Abilene Pride Alliance, which said the reason for this late Summer/early Fall date is “due to the oppressive Texas heat and Covid concerns with the safety of our attendees.”
“You can’t have drag queens outside if they’re melting,” said APA President Sam Hatton.
“After how awful this past year has been for everyone we are hoping to bring a little gay ray of sunshine to everyone’s lives,” Hatton said. “We hope to see you all this September for PRIDE 2021!”
According to KRBC, Abilene’s Denims and Diamonds parade will take place 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.