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East Coast Pride!

June 3rd, 2013 by Sondra


Happy LGBT Pride Month! Each year, June launches pride celebrations to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, intersex, and queer communities throughout the country. Originated to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in NYC that sprung the Gay Liberation Movement, Pride Month is now celebrated nationally with parades, festivals, musical performances, proud to run 5Ks, awareness-building workshops and more.

From as far north as Bangor, ME to as far south as the Florida Keys, the eastern seaboard prides itself not only with simply being east coast, but by proudly flying the rainbow flag and celebrating local LGBT communities. Here is where you can find festivities in cities along the Atlantic:

Bangor, ME Pride Festival and Art Walk!
On June 26th 2013, local artists and vendors will have the opportunity to showcase their work in an art-friendly, gay-friendly community. A great way to connect with artists, curators, and professionals in the Greater Bangor Area and participate in a larger discourse about equality and contemporary art. The 3rd Annual Queen City Pride Parade will be held on Saturday Saturday, June 29th at 11 a.m. and begins at Railroad Street.

Boston Pride Week!
May 31st-June 9th
Ongoing celebrations throughout the week, including an LGBT Senior Pride Tea Dance, Pride Night at Fenway Park, and Boston Pride Youth Dance. The Pride Parade begins Saturday, June 8th at Noon in Copley Square.

From June 28-June 30, NYC has lined up some pretty swank events: from an opening rally to a “Rapture on the River” women’s event, all the way to a new Pride {Poolside} serenade. The annual pride march will be held on Sunday, June 30th at 11 a.m. It begins at 36th & Fifth Avenue and is immediately followed by Pridefest on Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th.

Philadelphia Pride Events!
2nd Annual Kick-Off Block Party
Friday, June 7th from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
12th Street between Walnut and Spruce
Annual Dyke March and William Way Homecoming
Saturday, June 8th
25th Annual Pride Day Parade and Festival
Sunday, June 9th at Noon
Parade begins at 13th and Locust and the festival gates open at Noon at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

Jersey Pride!
Though it occurred this past weekend on Saturday, June 2nd, it is worth it note that the Jersey Shore city of Asbury Park opened for 2013 Pride celebrations! The festival took place at 5th and Ocean Avenue, one of the hardest-hit areas by Hurricane Sandy.

Capital Pride
The 13th Annual Capital Pride Parade is held on Saturday, June 8th at 4:30 p.m. at 22nd & P Streets, NW in Washington, DC.

Capital Trans Pride!
An event all on its own, but perhaps one that should be incorporated into the Capital Pride week festivities. Capital Trans Pride is a day-long festival that was held on May 18th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., celebrating the Washington DC metro area Transgender community.

Baltimore Pride!
Parade and Block Party
Saturday, June 15th at 3:30 p.m.
Parade begins at 3:30 p.m. and starts at Charles Street. The Block Party is from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Charles Street and Eager Street.
Pride Festival
Sunday, June 16th from Noon – 5 p.m.
Druid Hill Park in Northwest Baltimore
Mass Wedding Ceremony
Sunday, June 16th at Druid Park – Register Here
“Baltimore Pride is celebrating the passage of marriage equality in grand style this year—as couples come together for the first mass same-sex wedding ceremony in the state.”

Charlotte Black Gay Pride!
Each July, Charlotte Black Gay Pride (CBGP) hosts a weeklong festival of events called G.R.O.W. U.P. (Gay Rights – Openly Working toward Unity and Peace). This year the festival launches July 15th-21st. The mission of CBGP is to promote LGBT pride for members of the African Diaspora while raising social awareness, embracing spirituality and celebrating the diversity that exists in our community. If you are in Charlotte, check it out!

Key West Pride!
June 5-9th
There are events all weekend, but be sure to check out the Key West Pride 2013 Street Fair on Saturday, June 8th from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 700 Duval and West Street.

If there are any east coast city Pride events you would like covered (or bared), drop a note in the comments section!

Safe & Happy Pride!




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