The River City Pride Parade and Festival are making their glorious and colorful return to Evansville for 2022 hosted by River City Pride and they are currently accepting parade entries! I mean, who doesn't love a parade?!

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Meet River City Pride

River City Pride is Evansville's newest LGBTQIA+ organization. The focus of River City Pride is to unite, educate, and serve the community, and they are currently in the process of planning the 2022 Pride Festival and Parade.

Evansville's First-Ever Pride Parade and Festival

Remember, back in 2019, pre-pandemic? That was when River City Pride hosted Evansville's first-ever Pride Parade and Festival. It was an incredible day full of joy, love, and celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. The streets were lined with people cheering as the parade made its way through downtown Evansville and once the parade came to a close, the festival began!

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2020 Was The Year of Cancelations

During the First Annual River City Pride Festival, there was plenty of food and vendor booths, music, dancing, drag, and more. It was a truly magical and memorable day!  In 2020, the coronavirus threw a bit of a wrench in the works when it came to the Second Annual Pride Parade and Festival. The pandemic forced event organizers to cancel the event.

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2021 Was The Year of Redirections

While River City Pride had hoped that 2021 would be the year we returned to live events, ultimately the organization had to pivot, creating a virtual event instead. With that shift, came the decision to push the celebration back from the traditional month of Pride celebration in June to October, which is the month that National Coming Out Day is observed. The event was shifted to a live stream with a Halloween theme - A Virtual Spooky Pride - shared via Facebook Live.

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2022 Is The Year River City Pride Parade and Festival Return

We are so excited that River City Pride will make a triumphant return with the 2022 Pride Parade and Festival and we will once again be the media partners for this colorful and inclusive event. The in-person, public event is happening on Saturday, June 4, 2022, in  Evansville's historic Haynie's Corner Arts District with the parade kicking off at 11 am and the festival beginning at 12 pm.

A Day of Love, Inclusivity, and Fun For Everyone

During the festival, you will find a number of local, area food trucks, dozens of vendors, live entertainment throughout the day, a beer garden for those 21 and older, and a fun zone to accommodate the kids as well. There is no admission charge to attend either the festival and it is free to line the streets to watch the parade as well.

Sign Up to Participate In Evansville's 2022 River City Pride Parade

At this time, River City Pride is accepting parade entries. If you are interested in participating in the 2022 River City Pride Parade, sign up using the form found here

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25 Photos from Evansville Indiana's First Ever Pride Parade and Festival

In 2019 an organization that was new to Evansville's LGBTQIA+ community launched into planning, organizing, and executing the city's very first-ever Pride Parade and Festival. The day, wildly colorful and hugely successful, was hosted by River City Pride. Full of vibrancy, joy, and love, June 22, 2019, was a day for the Evansville history books.

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