Baltimore is the home of John Waters and dozens of other performers who are important in the LGBTQ community. That is why it shouldn't surprise you that the city is also home to one of the biggest pride events on the East Coast. Baltimore Pride started as a small event in 1975 that saw activists come together in a peaceful demonstration. It was such a success that they decided to expand their horizons the following year. For more than four decades, this event served as the ultimate way to celebrate pride in Maryland.
The pride event organizers are proud of how quickly it grew over the years. Though only a handful of people came to the 1975 demonstration, more than 25,000 people showed up for the Baltimore Pride Parade and other related events in 2017. Many of those visitors come to either join or watch the parade. The parade begins at the corner of 33rd Street and North Charles Street, and then runs right down that street until it ends on the corner of N. Charles and 23rd Streets. There are plenty of spots along the route where you can find a great place to watch.
Looking at past events is a great way to see what you can expect for the next celebration. An outreach BBQ held in 2018 served as a community outreach program, which allowed tourists to volunteer alongside locals. Past years also featured workshops for those who wanted to learn about volunteer opportunities and how they could give back, as well as plenty of celebrations in the middle of the street. If you decide to volunteer during Baltimore Pride weekend, you can attend a workshop for volunteers ahead of time to see what the organizers expect from you.
The following is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Baltimore Pride, coming soon.
In 2019, Baltimore will host the 44th anniversary of its annual pride event. Scheduled for Friday, June 14 through to Sunday, June 16, 2019, it may be the largest celebration in the event's history. “Unity Through Diversity” is the theme of Baltimore Pride 2019, and it focuses on the ways in which individuals can work together, and overcome their diverse backgrounds. The number of special events and the types of events are still TBC, but you can look forward to the same level of excitement and fun that you experienced in previous years.
Saturday, June 15 will bring the Baltimore Pride Parade to the area. You can head over to Wyman Park to sit back and watch everyone get ready for the parade, but you may want to find the perfect spot on North Charles Street to watch them go by. The parade runs from 1pm to 3pm, and if you want access to the best view around, check out the Viewing Stage near the corner of 33rd and North Charles Streets - you’ll be impressed.
The parade isn't the only event taking place on Saturday though. Baltimore gay pride festivities include tailgating celebrations in the Rainbow Lot. You can get tickets for $20 and get a space for your car and your tailgating equipment. The Drag Brunch at El Bufalo Tequila Bar and Kitchen runs from 11:30am to 2pm and promises plenty of fun. If you bring your heels with you, you'll want to head over to the start of the parade route at 12:30pm for the High Heel Race. This same location is home to the Baltimore Block Party, which starts at 4pm and shuts down at 10pm later that night. If previous years are anything to go by, we can assure you the Block Party is going to be a highlight.
You can show your Baltimore gay pride in other ways too. Workshops, drag performances, runway shows and art shows are just a few of the other things you'll want to see and do during Pride Weekend in Baltimore.