What to know about Austin Pride 2022, from dates to the parade route

A lot has happened since Austin Pride last brought its colors to the Texas capital in 2019. The coronavirus pandemic has community ties threatened and obstructed the annual celebration twice. The development has disrupted the heart of the city’s LGBTQ bar warehouse district. A wave of policies in texas and Across the country violated the rights of LGBTQ people.

But LGBTQ pride rallies have also taken from the surrounding small communities. The first Gay Pride festival was held in Taylor last year; 2022 saw round rockLeander, Bastrop and Pflugerville follow suit.

The 2022 Austin Pride festivities kick off this week and continue through next weekend. Seeing families reunited for Pride ‘consolidates what your community is really about,’ said Beau Seddon, owner of the gay-focused salon Scissor Sisters Hair Show in Austin. “This community is a lifeline for us, it’s how we connect and normalize.”

Monica Monae is one of several Austin drag performers who will perform at Austin Pride.

“It will be very exciting to be back on the big stage,” Monae said. “I love what I do; I love playing and I love the community. So to see everyone coming together is going to be very nostalgic, seeing all the beautiful people in town coming together again.”

Here’s what you need to know about Austin Pride 2022.

When is the Austin Pride Festival and Parade?

This year Austin Pride Festival and Parade will take place on August 20. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fiesta Gardens (2101 Jesse Segovia St.). Then, the parade starts from the Capitol at 8 p.m. and descends Congress Avenue, with the official festivities ending at 11 p.m.

How long has Austin had a Pride Parade, and why is it in August?

The history of LGBTQ pride events in Austin is a long one, as Michael Barnes of The American Statesman recounted in 2015the 25th anniversary of the official celebrations in the city.

In April 1970, a year after the uprising at New York’s Stonewall Inn, “Austin’s first publicly promoted meeting of homosexuals drew only 25 brave souls to Y University on Guadalupe Street,” Barnes wrote.

In June 1976, Mayor Jeff Friedman proclaimed a celebration of Gay Pride Week, which brought a parade down Second Street and Congress Avenue. The first Gay and Lesbian Pride Fiesta was held in 1990, marking the start of the city’s annual celebration. The official Pride Parade took place in 2002.

Pride Month is celebrated across the country in June, of course, to mark the anniversary of Stonewall, who started the modern LGBTQ rights movement. So why is Austin Pride later in the year? Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation moved the event to September 2011 when more college students were in town. It’s been held in August since 2015. Holding the event later in the year also helps organizers attract more performers than if they were trying to compete with other Pride events in June, the president said. of the Micah Andress Foundation. told KUT public radio in 2019.

From left, Christina Pozzi, Sammy Richardson and Bethany Simpson cheer on friends marching in the Austin Pride Parade on August 11, 2018. Erika Rich for American Statesman

Is this the first Austin Pride since the pandemic?

Absolutely. Despite hopes of events in 2020 and 2021, Austin Pride organizers suspended festivities those years due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. One more disappointment: The 2020 event would have marked three decades of the festival, but organizers are still celebrating Austin Pride’s 30th event this month.

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What’s happening at the Austin Pride Festival?

Rap star CupcakKe is set to headline this year’s festival; a full program and list of artists has yet to be released. Organizers promise inflatable games, carnival rides, a drag queen story hour, vendors and food and drink.

Tickets purchased online before Friday are $17, with a $150 VIP option. You can also purchase tickets at the door on Saturdays: $20 for adults, $10 for ages 7-17, and free for children 6 and under.

Crowds watch Zane Zena perform on the main stage during Austin Pride 2018 at Fiesta Gardens.

What happens at Austin Pride Parade?

Every year (pandemics notwithstanding), LGBTQ people and their allies line Congress Avenue downtown to watch the marchers and floats pass by. It’s free to attend. (And if you’re old enough, then you can head to the LGBTQ bars in the Warehouse District to keep the party going.)

Is there anything else going on for Austin Pride?

There is actually a week of parties before the festival and the parade. Things kick off at 7 p.m. on August 11 with a Jazz Concert at Pride at Skybox on the 6th (501 W. Sixth St. on the fourth floor).

Catch special Pride Week performances “Hedwig and the Angry Thumb” from The Stage Austin at 8 p.m. on August 12 and 13 at the Dougherty Arts Center (1110 Barton Springs Road); general admission tickets are $25 at austinpride.org.

A The Family Pride event is coming to the Thinkery from 3 to 5 p.m. on August 14 at 1830 Simond Ave.

Catch a free family screening of “Out at the Movie” from “Sister Act” at 8 p.m. on August 15 at the Estate Lawn (11410 Century Oaks Terrace). Bring a folding chair and a blanket; concessions will be available.

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Fourth & Co. will host Dynasty Dirty Bingo with local drag performers Lady Grackle Birdbreath and Cupcake at 7 p.m. on August 16 at 208 W. Fourth St. The event for ages 18 and up will be free and there will be prizes.

Honor the late Olivia Newton-John with your best “Xanadu” spirit at rainbow skate, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 17 at the Playland Skate Center (8822 McCann Drive). DJ Chorizo ​​Funk will be spinning. All ages are welcome.

drip 10, a pool party for ages 21 and older will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on August 19 at Rio Nightclub & Dayclub (601 Rio Grande St.). DJ Melissa Bellz will spin; admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Katy-Ann McDonald contributed to this story.

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