Portland Gay Pride is a lively celebration, which normally colors this already alternative city around the middle of June. The event aims to celebrate and encourage the diversity of the local LGBTQ community, and showcase the history, talents, and triumphs of those who came before us and fought for the overall rights the community has come to enjoy today.
Portland Gay Pride has been illuminating the city since the 1970s, and it continues to draw tens of thousands of pride enthusiasts each year. The event normally encompasses both the Portland Gay Pride Parade and the Pride Festival, which occurs in Deering Oaks Park.
Bear in mind that this is the event program for 2019. Stay tuned for the 2020 program for Portland Pride, coming soon. 2019 will mark 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, meaning this year's installment of Portland Pride will be extra special. Keeping this at the forefront, the specific theme for Portland Pride 2019 is Resist. Remember. Rejoice. Portland Pride encourages everyone to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement, raise awareness of the community's ongoing struggles, and continue to foster an environment of solidarity, inclusivity, and accessibility.
The highlight of the celebrations is arguably the Portland Gay Pride Parade, which will this year kick off on Saturday, June 15 at 11:30am. The parade will set off at 1pm from Monument Square, then travel through the city streets before wrapping up at Deering Oaks Park. Roughly 8,000 people are said to walk in the parade each year, with up to 45,000 spectactors cheering the procession on from the sidelines.
The incredible Portland Pride Festival will follow on from the parade, and run from 2pm to 6pm in Deering Oaks Park. This hugely popular festival often welcomes up to 45,000 pride enthusiasts over the weekend, who come out to experience the incredible line-up of diverse, local entertainment. There will also be a series of food trucks, a beer garden, and a marketplace of LGBTQ-friendly businesses and organizations.
Portland Pride will wrap everything up on Sunday, June 16, with a lively Tea Dance at The Inn on Peaks Island. Running from 12pm to 4pm, you can look forward to a gay ferry trip, along with cool tunes and plenty of new people to meet. So what's stopping you? Head to Portland, and experience your pride in this alternative US city.