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Spokane Pride Parade hits the street Saturday

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

A group of flag wavers participate in Spokane’s 2018 Pride Parade on June 9. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
A group of flag wavers participate in Spokane’s 2018 Pride Parade on June 9. (Libby Kamrowski / The Spokesman-Review)
By Emma Epperly The Spokesman-Review

Spokane Pride will take place Saturday with a parade, rainbow festival and fireworks show.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. Pride parades began a year after patrons of a gay bar in Greenwich Village fought back against a police raid in 1969.

The organizers from Out Spokane chose the theme “To Thrive, Not Just Survive” this year to honor the Stonewall riot anniversary.

The parade has been a tradition in Spokane since the early 1990s and drew an estimated 1,000 participants in 2018.

The parade is noon-1 p.m. and begins north of West Spokane Falls Boulevard and concludes near Lilac Bowl after weaving through downtown.

The Rainbow Festival is noon-6 p.m. in the Riverfront Park Lilac Meadows, there will be a variety of vendors and booths, a teen zone, family area and entertainment.

The Pride Bar, sponsored by Nyne Bar and Bistro, will be open noon-10 p.m.

An all-ages dance party starts at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

June is Pride Month and Out Spokane, the volunteer organization that organizes Spokane Pride, will continue to host events throughout the month.

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