The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation has announced new dates for 2017 Austin Pride festivities. This year’s events were canceled this past weekend as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, bringing inclement weather to Central Texas. The Austin PRIDE Parade will now take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Downtown Austin and the Austin PRIDE Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017, presumably still at Fiesta Gardens.
The announcement was made on a post on Austin PRIDE’s Facebook page:
“After meeting with the City of Austin we have officially confirmed new dates! The Austin PRIDE Parade will take place on Sat., Sept. 30th and the Festival will take place on Sat., Oct. 21st! In addition to our Featured Beneficiaries this year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Mark you calendars! Austin is getting two fierce weekends coming up!”
Festival tickets purchased for the original date are valid and will be honored. The entertainment line up is still being re-confirmed and a complete lineup of performers confirmed for the rescheduled date will be posted once available. A portion of proceeds from Austin PRIDE will be donated to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, in addition to the 2017 featured beneficiaries: Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) and the Austin LGBTQ Center.
Many participating organization that had pride events planned have rescheduled their events for the new dates. We will be updating our annual Pride Planner with revised dates and times as they come in. Currently, the only major LGBTQ+ event in the region that conflicts with the new date of the parade on September 30 is Plezzure Island, a 4-day LGBTQ woman-centered resort takeover on South Padre Island. The new festival date of October 21 is during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Justin Timberlake is currently scheduled to perform at the Austin360 Amphitheater at the Circuit of the Americas that evening.