Tarrant County Pride: October 

TCGPWA is the 2nd oldest Pride organization in the Great State of Texas and produces the largest LGBT Community attended events in Tarrant County. Pride Week is held in October but, therefore are also Pride events and activities throughout the year for the LGBT & At Large Communities, supporters and visitors to Fort Worth.

While in 1981, Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association is planned to produce and assist a family friendly, safe environment. “Pride” celebrations and events are to promote a positive image for the community regarding LGBT individuals. As well as educate and celebrate the diversity of the LGBT Community of Tarrant County, its Families, Friends, and Supporters.

Highlights:

  • Family friendly fun for the traditional and non traditional families
  • Our Pets area fun and activities include a “Best In Theme” Contest
  • Enjoy shopping in the vendors market
  • The Fort Worth Water Gardens was chosen as our new venue for the festival in 2016
  • The Pride Parade Route was increased to 17 blocks long with individual, organization and local to national business & corporate entries

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PARADE
Tarrant County Pride Parade 
12:00 PM
In 2011, we made downtown Fort Worth our home for the parade and festival. For 2016, the Pride Parade Route was increased to 17 blocks long with individual, organization and local to national business & corporate entries. The route begins at W. Weatherford St & Commerce St. Proceeds south on Commerce St. to Lancaster St. where it disburses to the west. Parade starts at 12 PM and line up begins at 9 AM on Taylor St at W 3rd St. Entry Check In / Info Station is located on Taylor St at W 2nd St. Parade Awards Presentation will be at the Water Garden Festival MainStage at 4PM on the day of the parade, Parade entry deadline is August 1st.

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DAYTIME ACTIVITIES
Tarrant County Pride Event
Pride Hunt & Pet Fest
Saturday October 7, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Established in 2012, this event is family friendly fun for the traditional and non traditional families. Throughout, there are retail and service vendors. At the shelter house central location will be entertainment, games & contests for the kids and food & beverage concessions. To the south are the bounce house, slide and piñata swing. To the north is the Pride Egg Hunt area. Our Pets area fun and activities include a “Best In Theme” Contest, Pet Parade with 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Prize Winners. Your pet will have the opportunity to show their stuff in the Best Trained and Best Tricks Competitions.

Water Garden Festival
Saturday October 7, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
“You never know who might show up”. For 35th Anniversary, the Fort Worth Water Gardens was chosen as our new venue for the festival in 2016. The Water Garden Festival was a huge success that the hours have been extended to 8PM for attendees to enjoy shopping in the vendors market, take in the entertainment, join in activities and take in the beauty of the venue, in a family friendly environment. There are several areas to the venue; Events Plaza is the north entrances to the gardens and home to our vendors market, Central Plaza is the location for our Mainstage entertainment, Parade Awards at 4PM, food & beverage concessions and dance area. At the southern end, Amphitheater has a built in stage, DJ entertainment, family friendly activities as well as, fun & games for the kids & pets. 

Pride Picnic
Sunday October 8, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pride weekend culminates at the Pride Picnic in beautiful Trinity Park. The picnic is the longest established Pride event. It is evolved from community leader, Raina Lea’s outdoor LGBT Community gatherings held at Forest Park, in the 1970’s. Picnic areas of interest include; Vendors Market on the Green for your shopping pleasure, Health & Wellness information, service providers and up to date education related to the LGBT Community, Outdoor Events with pet activities and contests, field games and family interactive activities, “Rainbow Kingdom” for our Pride Kids with bounce house, slide, games, activities and events,. The Bud Light Main stage entertainment includes bands, live performances, DJ entertainment and much more. There is a variety of food and beverage concessions for all tastes. 

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