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See where to celebrate Pride this year, and find the Pride Parade, in every Sentral city.

Where to Find the Pride Parade and More in Every Sentral City

BY JENNY ADAMS
After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, Pride is back in a big way with demonstrations, celebrations, parades, and more planned across the country. 
Though people had stood up for gay rights, and against police harassment, before, New York’s Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1968 marked a turning point in bringing the gay rights conversation, resistance, and celebration onto a national stage. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, and started arresting patrons, people outside didn’t stand by but started to push back, leading to several nights of confrontations plus the formation of stronger activist groups. 
The following year, to mark Stonewall’s anniversary, the country’s first Gay Pride marches took place in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and have just continued to grow. Today, June is recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month throughout the U.S., recognizing the Stonewall anniversary, though some cities hold their colorful festivities at other times of the year as well. 
We break it all down below, sharing what you can expect for Pride 2022 — including where to find Pride parades, concerts, marches, and more — in
every Sentral city
. (And, if you’re living or staying at Sentral, you’re in luck — the biggest events are often within a couple of miles of the community. Residents can also check out their Cobu app or onsite event announcements to see what’s going on throughout the month at Sentral.)  

ATLANTA PRIDE PARADE

This June for Pride, there’s the
Atlanta Pride Run and Walk
on June 5 at Piedmont Park and the
Black Parent Pride Summit
at the Switchyards Downtown Club on June 25. However, Atlanta also hosts the largest Pride event in the Southeast — including one of the region’s largest parades — each October. It coincides with National Coming Out Day. This year’s Atlanta Pride Parade will take place during
Atlanta Pride
from October 7-9. (Sign up for the organization's newsletter to stay updated.) When living at
Sentral West Midtown at Star Metals
, you’re not only in a prime apartment but in a prime location for Pride — all the festivities go down in Piedmont Park, less than a 10-minute  drive from your doorstep.

AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE

August is Pride Month in Austin, and planning for the
Austin Pride Parade and Festival
, which will be held on August 20, is still underway. If past years offer any indication, however, expect events like Drag Queen Drive-In movies, comedy shows, roller skate parties, and all-night discos. The Austin Pride Parade will also return with massive floats and hundreds of participants marching from the Texas State Capitol down Congress Avenue. For those living at
Sentral East Austin 1614
or
1630
, the parade passes by less than a mile away.

CHICAGO PRIDE PARADE

A live show during a past Chicago Pride Fest. Photo taken by Steven Koch, courtesy of Northalsted and GoPride.com.
Chicago Pride is like no other, with multi-day events held throughout the Windy City in June. On June 18-19,
Chicago Pride Fest
takes over the streets in the Northalsted neighborhood, featuring three stages, live music, food and drink, arts and crafts vendors, drag shows, and a local favorite — Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade. The following weekend,
Pride in the Park
transforms Grant Park (conveniently located right across the street from
Sentral Michigan Avenue
) into an outdoor music arena over two days, June 25-26, headlined by The Chainsmokers and Alesso. The Chicago Pride Parade rounds out the month on June 26, starting at noon from Montrose and Broadway in Uptown and traveling a 21-block parade route, ending near Diversey and Sheridan in Lincoln Park.

DENVER PRIDE PARADE

This year’s
Denver PrideFest
theme is ‘Together with Pride,’ with events spanning June.
Pride Night at the Rockies
is June 3, when Denver’s hometown team takes on the Atlanta Braves. For the biggest days — June 25-26 — you’ll find new friends and the most action at Civic Center Park, about 1.5 miles away from
Sentral Union Station
. The
Coors Light PrideFest Parade
is Sunday morning, with crowds of 100,000 stretching down 14 blocks of Colfax Avenue from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park.  

LOS ANGELES PRIDE PARADE 

LA Pride
held its first Gay Pride Parade back in 1970, and it just keeps getting bigger, better, and more flamboyant with major events held throughout the month all over town. Must-see
Pride in the Park
concerts take place at LA State Historic Park (just 2.5 miles away from Sentral
DTLA 732
and
DTLA 755
) on June 11 — with Christina Aguilera headlining. Celebrities, non-profit leaders, globally recognized drag performers, small business owners, and more are all marching in the annual
LA Pride Parade
, which will float down Hollywood Blvd on June 12 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Other events throughout June include the annual
LGTBQ+ game night at Dodgers Stadium
, Pride is Universal at Universal Studios Hollywood™, and more with details continuing to be rolled out on the LA Pride website.

MIAMI PRIDE PARADE 

Home to artists, massive murals, eclectic nightlife, countless bars and restaurants, and
Sentral Wynwood
, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is always down for a good time. That’s especially true during Pride. While
Miami Beach Pride
happened earlier in the spring, the
Wynwood Pride Music Festival
is on June 10-12 at The RC COLA Plant — you won’t even need to leave the neighborhood. Events include LGTBQ-produced and focused art installations, DJ sets, raves, drag shows throughout the district, and dinners, as well as a vendor market and non-profit village.

NASHVILLE PRIDE PARADE

Sentral SoBro is just two miles away from Nashville Pride celebrations, including the Pride parade.
The 2022
Nashville Pride Festival
takes place June 25-26 in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, featuring 250 live music acts spread across multiple downtown stages, a luxe VIP tent, a Family Zone, 225 vendors, and community art areas. Led by Grand Marshalls Greg Cason, Alberta Hardison, Leslie Jordan, and TJ Osborne, the
Nashville Pride Parade
on June 25 begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and 8th Avenue. A full mile, with 2.5 hours of fun, floats, cymbals, glitter, and pageantry, it’s one of the best days to be in Nashville. Bonus: All the festivities are less than two miles away from
Sentral SoBro
.

PHOENIX PRIDE PARADE

While Scottsdale, home to
Sentral Old Town
, has a
Pride Pub Crawl
on June 18, nearby Phoenix hosts
Phoenix Pride
from October 15-16, just 10 miles away at Steele Indian School Park. Here you can expect 150 entertainers on six stages, food, drinks, crafts and educational opportunities, hundreds of vendors, a dance pavilion, and more. While the date of the
Phoenix Pride Parade
has not been determined yet, the parade will feature more than 2,000 individual participants, decorated vehicles, floats, and thousands of participants marching on 3rd Street to finish at the Steele Indian School Park.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE

A marching band during a past Seattle Pride Parade. Photo taken by Nate Gowdy, courtesy of Seattle Pride.
All hail the 200-group
Seattle Pride Parade
marching with the theme of “Family Reunion” on June 26 and planning on 400,000 attendees. (The route is still being planned, but it always moves through the center of downtown.) If you’re not walking in the parade, you can watch from the sidewalks or purchase Grandstand seating at
Seattle Pride
, and — if you’re 21+ — can enjoy the alcohol gardens. With events, demonstrations, parties, and concerts on June 25-26, spread out between Capitol Hill (just a few blocks from
Sentral First Hill
) and Seattle Center (less than a mile from
Sentral SLU
), it’s best to tackle all this extravagance with a game plan.

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