Gay Pride

Gay Pride

People of all sexualities have long known Seattle and especially its Capitol Hill neighborhood as an accepting and open place, and for the month of June, Seattle makes sure that is known to everyone through a series of events known as Pride. The Pride events are run by a few local volunteer and non-profit organizations. There are now Pride events that occur in cities around the country and the globe, but Seattle’s have a long history of being some of the largest.

The bulk of the Pride events are centered around a weekend in the end of June, with the focus on the Parade that Sunday. There is also PrideFeast, a family picnic, an array of concerts, parties and shows that continue through the week leading up to the parade. While a number of years ago the parade was moved from its original home on Capitol Hill, much of the festivities remain there, including a blocked off street on the south end of the neighborhood called “Momo Street” which is billed as the official after-party of Pride. Many other Capitol Businesses get into the spirit by offering food and drink specials during the Pride week festivities. Most area businesses show their support for the event by flying a rainbow flag or in whatever other way they can find.

Various elements of Pride, in their official or un-official capacity, crowd Capitol Hill, giving it the feel of a giant neighborhood party, spilling on to the streets, filling the area with people proudly showing their pride in the form of rainbow clothing and extravagant costumes.

The parade has been, rather controversially, from its original home on Capitol Hill, to Downtown Seattle. Starting at the south end, the parade makes its way across downtown, taking two and a half hours to crawl north to Seattle Center, where it ends in a flurry of informational, artistic and food booths.