Governor joins Pride Parade, with many other colorful personalities
Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest, June 24, 2012, Seattle.
Seattle Times staff
Seattle celebrates the LGBT community and culture with the popular Pride Parade downtown and PrideFest at Seattle Center this weekend.
Out and Proud sponsors the 38th annual parade with dozens of entries, to be led this year by Gov. Chris Gregoire, one of several individuals and organizations chosen as parade marshals for their activities advancing the causes of the LGBT community. It's not the first time Gregoire has been in the parade, but her leadership on gay marriage this year puts her in the spotlight.
Parade entries range from corporate and civic groups to the Dykes and Bikes motorcycle group, and other flamboyant crowd-pleasers winding their way through downtown along Fourth Avenue from Union Street to the Seattle Center. The announcer's booth is at Westlake Park, with an ADA viewing area available there and on the east side of Fourth Avenue at Bell Street.
After the parade, the celebration continues at PrideFest, with entertainment, activities and hundreds of vendors at Seattle Center. "Love More Hate Less" is this year's festival theme, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend the largest free Pride Festival in the United States. Continuous entertainment on the DJ Stage, Mural Stage and Main Stage includes entertainers and DJs from across the country and around the region including Cazwell, drag legend Peppermint and Debby Holiday. A Family & Kids area with a carousel, performers and free treats are among activities to which all are welcome.
• Seattle Pride Parade:
Time: 11 a.m. Sunday.
Location: On Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way, ending at Seattle Center.
More information: www.seattlepride.org.
Time: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
Location: Seattle Center, Seattle.
More information: 877-774-3382 or www.seattlepridefest.org.
Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or firstname.lastname@example.org