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You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Everything is Bigger in Texas.” Well, Austin's pride celebration is no exception to this. Austin’s annual pride parade and festival were first launched in 1990 as the Gay and Lesbian Pride Fiesta. In the decades since, the celebration has delivered a Texas-sized truckload of pride, fun times, and good memories. From a park festival and a street parade, to pride parties all around Austin’s gay nightlife scene, this is a fête you won’t forget.
Austin Pride is filled to the brim with exciting entertainment and events that will include something for everyone. This year's edition is themed 'Boogie Wonderland' (the Austin Pride 2018 theme was 'REVOLUTION!') and it will include an all-day festival at Fiesta Gardens (a beautiful public park alongside Lady Bird Lake) as well as an evening parade at the Texas State Capitol. This summer day will be a perfect opportunity to bust out your sparkly disco shirt, tube socks, and short-shorts. Come dressed to party and boogie.
The festival will kick off on Saturday, August 10 at 11am at Fiesta Gardens on Jesse E. Sequoia Street. There will be more than 140 vendor booths on display, abundant food and drink options, and much more. Among the planned offerings are inflatable games, carnival rides, and Drag Queen Story Time under the big tree in the family zone. So, bring the kids! Tickets will be available at the festival gates: $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7-17, and free admission for children 6 and under. The festival will close at 6pm.
The Austin Pride Parade will be held on the same day, from 8pm to 11pm. In keeping with its usual route, this year’s parade begins at the Texas State Capitol Building, with the march continuing down Congress Avenue and turning right onto 4th Street through the Warehouse District. The route will include three stages: The Paramount on Congress Avenue, the intersection of Congress Avenue and 4th Street, and the rooftop at Austin’s popular gay bar, Rain. The parade will finish on 4th Street. Parade admission is free and open to the public, but register if you want to march and not just observe from the sidelines. Register for a spot in the Austin Pride Parade here.
Now organized by The Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation (AGLPF), which formed in 2010, Austin Gay Pride marks its 29th year for 2019. It promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 400,000 attendees expected. AGLPF is a 100% volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to managing and organizing Austin’s annual pride celebration and related events. Although the parade and festival both take place on one big Saturday in August, other events such as Austin Pride Gay Skate take place throughout the year. Pride Week in the Texas capital city commences this year on August 2, and will be full of diverse events for Austin’s LGBTQ community. The program is TBC, however, so stay tuned.
For an unforgettable experience in Boogie Wonderland, mark your calendar and spend early August deep in the heart of Texas, disco dancing at Austin Pride.