Seattle Pride:  From June 24 to June 30, 1974, Seattle’s lesbians and gays celebrated the city’s first Gay Pride Week. This was the first event in the region in which the gay community as a whole came out of its collective closet. The week started off Monday evening, June 25 with an Open House and discussion sponsored by the Stonewall Recovery Center, a drug treatment program. June 26 was a discussion on transsexuality at the University of Washington Hub Ballroom. On the evening of June 27, a Memorial Service was held at the Metropolitan Community Church to commemorate the victims of the 1973 Upstairs Lounge arson attack in the New Orleans gay bar that claimed 32 lives. This was followed by a one-woman show dramatizing the event entitled “Lavender Troubadour” written and performed and sung by Rebecca Valrejean.

On June 28, 1974, the Gay Community Center at 1726 16th Avenue held its official grand opening. This included a poetry reading by Katherine Bourne, and music by Patrick Haggerty and Sue Issacs of the band Lavender Country. On June 29, 1974, a Saturday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that about 200 attended a picnic at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square. Entertainment included music and a “Gayrilla theater.” Banners from the stage read “Proud to be lesbian, Proud to be gay.” In the afternoon, activities moved to Volunteer Park and included roller-skating and a sing along at the top of the Volunteer Park Water Tower. That evening, a street dance was held in Occidental Park that featured music by Blue Moon, Lavender Country and Sue Isaacs. On June 30, 1974, Gay Pride Week concluded with a “Gay-In” at the Seattle Center that featured “zany dress, general frivolity, carousing and a circle dance around the main International fountain.”

Highlights:

  • Experience a Parade with a message “INDIVISIBLE”.  We are stronger together!
  • Be a part of a celebration of LGBTQ Arts, Performance, and Culture at Volunteer Park Pride Festival.
  • Performance from “hip-hop’s raunchiest bear” Big Dipper
  • Seattle’s beloved pop-rock duo Sisters performance will make you feel good.

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PARADE
Pride Parade
Sunday: June 25, 2017 
 11:00 AM

KICKS OFF AT 4TH & UNION
The theme for this year’s Pride will be “Indivisible” –  a single word that conveys the core principle of our country.  We are stronger together.  It’s “We the People.”  Inclusion and intersectionality make us stronger. The parade will last about 2.5 hours, ending at Second Avenue and Denny Way near Seattle Center.

Pride volunteers will be stationed throughout the route and at the intersection of Denny Way and Second Avenue to assure the safe and orderly flow of parade participants throughout the area. Pedestrian crossing at Denny Way will be restricted to the east side of Fourth Avenue.

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VOLUNTEER PARK PRIDE FESTIVAL
Saturday: June 10, 2017
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience Seattle Pride’s return to where it all started, on Capitol Hill, with a celebration of LGBTQ Arts, Performance, and Culture! Join us for the Volunteer Park Pride Festival (formally known as the Pride Family Picnic)! The festival is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle’s iconic parks and celebrate our amazing community. The festival will feature guest speakers from the community, live music, food trucks and a beer garden!

The 2017 Volunteer Park Pride Festival is turning up the volume this year with musical performances by the following artists:

  • BIG DIPPER: A rapper, DJ, and music video artist from Los Angeles, also known as “hip-hop’s raunchiest bear.”
  • DOUBLE DUCHESS: San Francisco’s queer electro-hop duo, known for their “explosive and mesmerizing live performances.”
  • SASSYBLACK: A space-aged singer and producer, and the “goddess of electronic psychedelic soul & hologram funk.”
  • SISTERS: Seattle’s beloved experimental pop-rock duo, whose only goal is to “make you feel, and feel good.”
  • PROM QUEEN: A dreamy vintage-pop, doom-wop band who’ve been called “a tour de force of high camp and unrepentant glitz.”
  • MODE MUSIC STUDIOS’ NUCLEAR QUARTET: A group of Seattle’s most talented future rock stars who will kick-off the day’s events with a selection of Pride-inspired pop cover hits.
  • DJ TOYA B: A soul, hip-hop and dance DJ “addicted to glitter, hip hop glamour and Barbie doll fashion.”

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