While most of the world celebrates Pride in June, here in Texas we practically celebrate it half the year, with pride events starting at soon as April and going all the way through the month of October. But with most of the country under some form of shelter-in-place as a result of the global public health crisis, many organizers, faced with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, are opting to postpone and reschedule their events for later in the year, or in some cases, cancel them outright.
In fact, the two largest pride events in the United States, both of which where to mark 50 years of pride — San Francisco and New York City — opted to cancel the in-person portions of their celebrations. On April 14, San Francisco Pride announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year’s 50th anniversary parade and celebration would not take place as planned, citing “the risks to public health of a large-scale gathering such as Pride preclude this year’s production of the annual event.” Then, on April 20, NYC Pride announced that New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio officially announced that all in-person gatherings during June, including NYC Pride and its 50th anniversary Pride March, would be canceled. Both are planning to bring at least part of their programming online for virtual celebrations.
But what about Pride in Texas?
Dallas was originally the first major Texas city scheduled to host a pride event on JUNE 6-7, 2020, until Dallas Pride announced that this year’s event had been rescheduled for JULY 25-26, 2020.
Pride Houston‘ announced on Facebook on Thursday, April 30, that Houston’s pride celebration would be postponed for fall 2020, with details to follow
On Friday, May 1, Pride San Antonio announced PRIDE Bigger Than Texas 2020 Celebration that was planned for the weekend of Friday, June 26, 2020 through Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Crockett Park would now be a virtual event.
Austin’s pride celebration is planned for AUGUST 15, 2020 and Austin PRIDE recently posted on Facebook “with the information we currently have available, we are still committed to putting on a safe and joyous Austin Pride 2020 Celebration.”
TEXAS PRIDE EVENTS
|Austin||Austin Black Pride||Canceled|
|Corpus Christi||Pride Corpus Christi|
|Dallas||Dallas Pride|| |
|Dallas||Dallas Black Pride||10/01-04/20|
|Denton||Denton Pride Fest|
|El Paso||Sun City Pride||Canceled|
|Fort Worth||Tarrant County Pride||TBA|
|Galveston||PRIDE Galveston|| |
|Houston||Heavy Hitters Pride||07/24-26/20|
|McAllen||PRIDE in the Park|
|Plano||North Texas Pride|
|San Antonio||Pride Bigger Than Texas||06/27/20||Virtual|
|San Marcos||SMTX Pride||09/12/20|
|South Padre Island||Splash South Padre|
|Tyler||Pride in the Park||10/11/20|
|Waco||Out on the Brazos||10/10/20|
|The Woodlands||The Woodlands Pride||09/26/20|