RHODE ISLAND PRIDE 2019
With almost every city in America celebrating pride parades these days, it’s hard to believe that at one time there were no parades. In 1970, the Christopher Street Liberation Day March was held to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City. This would be the first Pride Parade.
In 1976 a group of Gay and Lesbian Rhode Islanders organized their first March. Unfortunately, city leaders tried to block the march. A court ruling eventually allowed the 75 participants to march. Some marchers like the late Belle Pellegrino thought they were going to die.
Rhode Island pride draws over 50,000 people to the only Nighttime Pride Parade every year. The pride fest also offers a kids zone where LGBTQ parents can join in fun filled activities which are also educational. Rhode Island pride also offers A Triple Crown Pageant, and their Pride Prom to bring the community of Rhode Island Together.
The June 15th parade route starts at 8:30 PM at Fulton and Dorrance Streets. For more information on this year’s Rhode Island Pride, visit their website https://www.prideri.org/parade