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Pride is Back in 2021! Celebrate with Parades, In-person, and Online Events

Image: A vibrant pride parade June 1 marks the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month, a time usually filled with street festivals, events, and parties. It all began in 1969 with the first Pride, a protest...

Image Image: A vibrant pride parade

June 1 marks the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month, a time usually filled with street festivals, events, and parties. It all began in 1969 with the first Pride, a protest outside the Stonewall Inn in New York led by Black transgender women. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations shifted to virtual platforms. But now, as COVID-19 restrictions are easing and vaccinations become widespread, 2021 will see a blend of virtual and in-person events.

Pride Celebrations Across Major Cities

Let's take a look at some of the biggest Pride events and celebrations scheduled for this month in major cities:

Atlanta

Atlanta Pride Run is set to be an in-person event on June 20. The run aims to raise awareness and funds for the LGBTQ community in Atlanta, with this year's beneficiary being Joining Hearts Atlanta, an organization focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and housing assistance.

Pride month will also be celebrated at the Georgia Aquarium on June 25, exclusively for those aged 21 and older. The event will feature cocktails and music from renowned DJs Seth Breezy and Ree De La Vega. Note that events such as the Atlanta Pride Parade, Trans March, and Bi and Pan March are currently on hold pending approval from CDC and local government guidelines.

Boston

This year, Pride festivals and parades in Boston will be replaced with online events. However, there are still exciting activities to participate in. Attend Pride Night at Fenway Park on June 10 for a special first pitch and a performance by Aaron Patterson. On June 8, join the virtual park lighting ceremony to commemorate the lives lost in the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Boston Pride will also host a Pride flag-raising ceremony, a mayoral candidate forum, and the Express Your Pride campaign.

Chicago

Pride in the Park Chicago is an in-person two-day festival featuring dozens of artists, food, and entertainment. Tickets are now available for purchase. Additionally, on June 28, Chicago is a Drag Fest will celebrate and showcase the city's vibrant drag community with various performers and speakers.

Image Image: A colorful Pride festival

Los Angeles

LA Pride, with the theme "Thrive with Pride," will remain fully virtual this year. The celebrations will kick off on June 10 with a free Charli XCX concert, exclusively streamed on TikTok. On June 12, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles will air a one-hour primetime special, Thrive with Pride Celebration, highlighting LGBTQ community leaders in Los Angeles. Throughout the month, Christopher Street West Association Inc. will host events focused on volunteering and community service to benefit the LGBTQ+ community and Los Angeles nonprofits.

Image Image: Community celebration

Miami

Miami Pride Beach will return for nine days from September 10 to 19. This year, the event was moved to September to ensure a safe, COVID-19 compliant gathering. The festival will feature performances, pool parties, a Pride lights show, a drag queen competition, and much more.

New York City

In-person events: New York City's PrideFest will welcome back visitors in person on June 27, alongside a virtual option. Enjoy food, entertainment, and exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Register now to secure your spot. NYC's Pride March will conclude with March Pop Ups, replacing the typical March Float experience. Locally owned businesses in Manhattan will offer outdoor seating to boost visibility for local owners, artists, and designers.

Online options: If you prefer to participate virtually, MarketFest is NYC Pride's free virtual vendor directory. Connect with and support your favorite LGBTQ-owned local vendors. The NYC Pride March broadcast special will air on ABC-7 from noon to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 27, featuring live performances, interviews, and street-side marching events. After the broadcast ends, a virtual experience of the march will begin, showcasing the organizations that would typically march on the streets.

Image Image: NYC Pride

Portland

Portland Pride 2021 will feature a mix of socially distanced and virtual events. Attend the Diva Drag Brunch on June 11, 12, and 27 for live performances of drag, burlesque, and acrobatics. On June 12, join the virtual film viewing of "Breaking the Silence: Stories of Oregon's LGBTQ Veterans" followed by a Q&A session with various experts. The annual Portland Pride parade will remain virtual, viewable on Zoom or the Pride Northwest YouTube channel.

San Francisco

Celebrate Pride month in San Francisco with a movie night under the stars at Oracle Park. On June 11-12, enjoy screenings of "In The Heights" and "Everybody's Talking About Jamie." Additionally, SF Pride will partner with the African American Art & Culture Complex to host an event commemorating Juneteenth. This event aims to highlight the connection between the fight for LGBTQ+ equality and the struggle for racial justice.

Seattle

Seattle's LGBTQ Pride celebration, themed "resilience," will kick off virtually on June 26-27. Join artists, poets, and community leaders for two days of inspiring performances. While the event is free, donations are encouraged to cover the ticket price and support artists. Seattle Pride will also host virtual forums on various topics, including relationships, family building, and STI and HIV testing.

Washington, D.C.

On June 12, D.C. will host the Colorful PrideMobile Parade, featuring a colorful array of cars decorated by registered organizations and businesses, including the official Pridemobile trolley. Decorate your favorite public spaces and participate in "Paint the Town Colorful." Pride month in D.C. can also be celebrated through various brunches, lounges, and virtual events.

Image Image: Pride celebration in Washington, D.C.

Pride celebrations are returning in 2021, offering a mix of in-person and online events for everyone to enjoy. Whether you attend local festivities or join virtual gatherings, embrace the spirit of Pride and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community's resilience and achievements. Let's make this Pride month a memorable and inclusive one!

Caption: A vibrant Pride parade

Disclaimer: The images used in this article are from the original source.

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