PRIDE is a celebration of the LGBTIQ+ community. It is held to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which are often viewed as the catalyst that began the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.
When is Dayton Pride?
The Greater Dayton LGBT Center celebrates PRIDE each year on the first weekend of June. It kicks off with Affair on the Square Friday night followed by a parade and the PRIDE Festival on Saturday. The celebration concludes with the Spikes and Heels kickball tournament on Sunday.
Why have Pride?
The PRIDE celebration creates a safe environment for members of our community to express themselves without fear of hate and to experience homosexuality as being the default as opposed the the exception while helping to raise awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Affair on the Square
Every year PRIDE is kicked off with Affair on the Square. With live entertainers, this event is a must see.
Saturday begins with the PRIDE Parade. With candy, freebees, and of course PRIDE, what is not to like about this yearly Parade. Starting on ST. Clair street, the parade winds its way through Downtown, ending at Courthouse Square. Join us as we show our pride in being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community..
The Pride festival continues after the PRIDE parade. With Drag Queens, the DGMC, vendors and of course food, this is an event you cannot miss! We encourage you to bring the whole family, and provide a section just for kids that includes activities and inflatable slides.
Spikes and Heels
Sunday is all about Spikes and Heels. During the annual kickball tournament, teams compete for the prestigious Spikes and Heels Trophy. Enter your team online and join the fun!
How can you support PRIDE?
Participate - One of the best this you can do to support PRIDE is the show up! Simply by being a part of our festival, whether a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or not, you are telling the Greater Dayton region that you are here and you support the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole.
Volunteer - PRIDE is a huge undertaking every year and is primarily pulled off by volunteers. Whether it is helping organize parade participants or setting up, or helping during the festival, volunteers are what make PRIDE happen.
Sponsor - The PRIDE Festival could not be what is is today without our sponsors. It is not just about a big party. It is the LGBT Center's largest fundraising event of the year. In other words, PRIDE lets the Center help others show their pride throughout the year.
Make a Donation - Donations from the community, not only during PRIDE but throughout the year, help the Center continue programing that benefit the community as a whole.