Key Events, Sponsors and a Marriage Contest also Announced for 45thAnnual Seattle Pride Celebration
SEATTLE – April 29, 2019 – As Seattle Pride prepares to turn 45 years old this year, organizers of the country’s fourth largest LGBTQ Pride Parade will also be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion which became a national movement in support of diversity, inclusion and equality.
This year’s celebration kicks-off in Seattle on Saturday, June 8 (noon – 7pm) with the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival – Seattle Pride’s celebration of queer arts, music, performance and culture. The free event will feature a beer garden, live music, food trucks and a local crafts fair, as well as sponsor and community nonprofit informational booths. This year’s musical lineup will be announced next month.
The June festivities culminate with the 45th Annual Seattle Pride Parade which is expected to include more than 200 participating groups and 60,000 individuals marching in support of LGBTQ pride. The parade takes place on Sunday, June 30 (11am – 3:30pm) along Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle between Union Street and Denny Way – and the fun continues with Seattle PrideFest at Seattle Center. The parade will livestream on KIRO-TV’s website and Facebook page, in addition to a one-hour special airing on KIRO-TV at 11:35pm that evening. The parade’s grand marshals will be announced next month. For a complete list of Pride events, updated as new events are announced, visit https://www.seattlepride.org/ or pick up a Seattle Pride Guide available in the Seattle Weekly’s former newspaper boxes on sidewalks throughout the city beginning in late May.
“This year we will be honoring our past with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, while celebrating how far we’ve come over the past half-century thanks to those who came before us,” said Seattle Pride Board President Kevin Toovey. “As we celebrate, we’re also mindful that no matter how far we have come, the march continues in realizing a future in which authenticity is embraced, diversity is honored, mutual respect is practiced and equal rights is achieved throughout our region, and the world.”
The Stonewall rebellion began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 with a police raid of New York City’s Stonewall Inn – one of the few places in the city where gay people could freely gather as a community. The arrest of patrons (who fought back) led to a series of spontaneous and violent demonstrations in New York and across the country known as the Stonewall Riots, which grew into protests and then became a movement which eventually led to marches around the country, including the first Seattle Pride march in 1974 – which has been held in late June (National LGBTQ Pride Month) ever since to commemorate the June 28 Stonewall rebellion.
Since then much progress has been made, including marriage equality, which Seattle Pride and Elysian Brewing will celebrate by throwing a wedding for one lucky couple at Elysian’s newly renovated Capitol Hill Pub. Couples can enter for a chance to be wed by a celebrity officiant by sharing their love story via Instagram, using #MarryUsJVN, #contest, while tagging both @SeattlePride and @ElysianBrewing. Full contest details are available at: go.seattlepride.org/marryusjvn.
Through the past 45 years, Seattle Pride has grown to be the fourth largest pride parade in the country, with attendance estimates at nearly 400,000 people, including representation from many Seattle area companies – champions of inclusivity, diversity and equality – which sign on as Seattle Pride sponsors.
“We’re so grateful to our sponsors who make the Seattle Pride Parade and Volunteer Park Pride Festival possible,” added Toovey. “We’re pleased to announce that this year’s presenting sponsors are Alaska Airlines, Premera Blue Cross, T-Mobile and Uber.” For Seattle Pride sponsorship information and a complete list of 2019 sponsors visit https://www.seattlepride.org/sponsors/.
Randy Hurlow, APR
WHY FOR GOOD on behalf of Seattle Pride