June is National Pride month, but in Texas we spread our celebrations out from now until October for a number of reasons.
Dallas celebrates in September to commemorate a court ruling by U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer that declared the Texas sodomy law unconstitutional in 1982.
Austin used to celebrate in June but moved its celebration to August a few years ago, while San Antonio pushed its celebration back to Fourth of July weekend. That might be the perfect schedule this year, taking place just a week after the expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.
The state’s largest Pride event, however takes place in Houston on the last Saturday in June to coincide with the anniversary of New York’s Stonewall rebellion.
Here’s this year’s list of Pride events around the state:
Opening Party: Splash Bar,
3102 Seawall Blvd. at 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
and Krave, 2416 Post Office St. at 11 p.m.
Beach Party: R.A. Apfel Park,
1923 Boddeker Dr. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: at The M&M
Restaurant & Bar, 2401 Church St.
Eighth annual Sun City Pride Parade
Parade: From Houston Park,
900 Montana Ave to concludes at
Pride Square, 500 N Stanton St. at 10 a.m.
Second annual LGBTQIA Pride Walk and Festival
Pride Walk: From 1393 Broadway to
Pearl and Crockett streets at 11:30 a.m.
Pride Festival: Crockett Street
Entertainment Complex at noon includes Art Walk with 100 artists, drag queens, live music, theater performances, vendors and more.
Pride: Second annual Pride event at Heritage Plaza, 219 E. Methvin St. from 5-9 p.m. Live music and entertainment, food vendors.
Local organizations and businesses from Longview, Tyler, East Texas and Dallas will have booths.
North Texas Pride
Pride Festival: featuring American Idol Finalist, Hollie Cavanagh with vendors, kids activities, celebrity impersonators, balloon artists and food and beverage in downtown McKinney from 1-5 p.m.
Salvation — A Pride Pool Party:
HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel, 501 Lovett Blvd. From 1-6 p.m.
Dine With Pride: Gratifi Kitchen and Bar,
302 Fairview St. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Pride Superstar Competition Finale:
South Beach Houston, 810 Pacific St.
at 9:30 p.m.
Eden: A Pride Girl Party: The Pearl Bar,
4216 Washington Ave. from 8 p.m.-midnight.
Rock the Runway: Audi Central Houston,
2120 Southwest Freeway from 8-11 p.m.
Wonderland Houston 2015: South Beach
Houston, 810 Pacific St. from 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Pride Festival: Moves downtown to McKinney and Smith streets from noon-7 p.m.
Parade: Fourth largest Pride Parade
in U.S. with 450,000 expected to attend begins at Milam and Walker streets, continues down Walker Street and makes a left on Smith Street until Pease Street from 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
Official After Party:
South Beach Houston,
810 Pacific St. from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Heroes Tea Dance: The official closing party of Houston Pride Week at Fbar Houston,
202 Tuam St. from 5-10 p.m.
Festival: in Crockett Park,
1300 N. Main St. 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Rainbow Dash 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk: at 8 p.m.
Krystal Kelly High Hell Race at 8:45 p.m.
Parade: at 9 p.m. Kickoff at N. Main St.
and Dewey Place in front of the Silver Dollar Saloon.
Pride: Maxey Park and Community Center,
4020 30th St. from 1-10 p.m.
Stonewall Rally: Transgender Education Network of Texas, Equality Texas and Austin’s drag community gather on the south steps of the Capitol to observe the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion at 7 p.m.
Festival: Main stage with a lineup of live music performers and DJ stage with national and regional DJs. Activities for children, photo booths, face painting, food and drinks, vendor booths at Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Parade: Congress Avenue from the Capitol to 4th at Guadalupe streets at 8 p.m.
Parade: Along Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue. This year the parade makes a right on Turtle Creek Boulevard and ends in Reverchon Park from 2-5 p.m.
Festival: Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $5 includes performance by Ty Herndon.
South Padre Island
Splash: Event info not yet posted
Parade and festival: in downtown
Fort Worth. Times not yet listed
Picnic: in Trinity Park, 2401 University Dr.
Times not yet listed