Sacramento Pride 2017 is the 33th annual local commemoration of a pivotal moment in civil rights history, the Stonewall Riots of New York in June, 1969. This moment represented the start of a movement to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans out of the shadows and into everyday society. More recent achievements along these lines have included the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy as well as court victories to equalize marriage rights.
The event has evolved into a high profile celebration and cultural festival, both on the national and local levels. Pride was moved from Southside Park in 2010 to the streets along Sacramento’s symbolic Capitol Mall, with the State Capitol building on one end and the iconic Tower Bridge on the other. Pride 2017 will build upon our successes and continue to grow and improve.
Sacramento is already nationally known as a city with a relatively high gay population. The City of Sacramento is estimated to have a gay population of 9.8%, the sixth highest in the nation. The larger metropolitan area comes in at 5.5% which is still higher than the national average of 4.1%.
Pride is more than just a great parade and festival, however. The Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival is produced as a community engagement program of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Net proceeds from the event help support LGBTQ health and wellness, advocacy, and community building programs year-round. The Center is a 501c(3) charitable organization.
For more information contact:
Sacramento Pride Event Manager