Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Michael Fitzgerald


Be Proud at Tacoma Pride 2013

Tacoma’s full of pride for one of the city’s biggest festivals.

Numerous local businesses, organizations, and committed individuals come together each July to present all kinds of  festivities to honor equality and celebrate our LGBTQA communities. Last year’s events attracted large crowds to celebrate in Tacoma; as pride festivities continue all over the world, this year will only be bigger.

There’s a lot going on in Tacoma, here’s a little taste of what’s to come.

Tacoma Pride Festival

Friday, July 12

4:30 pm, Pantages Theater:

Pride begins with the ceremonial Rainbow Flag raising and the Rainbow Awards where the Pride Foundation honors leaders in Pierce County working for equality. After the awards, head up to Fulcrum Gallery to check out a new art opening:

7 pm, Fulcrum Gallery:

Long Live Queen Freddie, a portrait series by local artist Chuck Knigge, premieres on the 12th. A collection of fantastical portraits of the rock star Freddie Mercury as iconic queens throughout pop culture and history, this show will also donate a portion of proceeds from art sales to organizations working for equal rights, like the Rainbow Center.

Saturday, July 13

Out in the Park/The Mix Block Party/Everything; this is the big day this year:

9 am – 1 pm, Puget Sound Pizza:

PSP kicks it off by hosting “Eat It” a pizza Pride brunch, after which brunchers can stroll down St. Helens to the  Out in the Park festivities.

12 – 5 pm, Theater Square/Pierce Transit Park:

Enjoy Out in the Park between the Theater on the Square and the Woolworth building in downtown Tacoma. This family-friendly event is the Rainbow Center’s LGBTQA Pride Celebration, and features entertainment, vendors, and fun. Then after being drained by the sun, I recommend a quick nap at home to prepare you for the massive Block Party hosted by The Mix.

A group of revelers enjoy Out in the Park in 2012

A group of revelers enjoy Out in the Park in 2012

5 pm – 2 am, The Mix:

The Mix hosts the fifth annual official Pride Block party; come enjoy performances and appearances by Cazwell, The Breaklites, Aleksa Manila, LA Kendall, DJ Broam, and more; also see more information about the event on my blog.

The Mix

11 am – 2 am, Club Silverstone:

More street parties! the Silverstone will also host a Pride event all day; check their facebook page for more information about an appearance from singer and season 6 American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis.

10 pm – 2 am, Vinum Coffe & Wine Lounge:

If you want a break from the St. Helens’ block parties, stop in at T-Town Pride presented by Dyke-A-Holics at Vinum on Pacific Ave. This party will showcase hip hop, R&B, and breakdancing.

Sunday, July 14

4 – 9 pm, Oasis Youth Center:

Proud Outloud is a huge fundraiser for the Oasis Youth Center; the tickets may be pricey but the food and entertainment is sure to be good and really, what’s better than supporting local LGBTQ youth?

July 15-17, The Grand Cinema:

Pride Film Series

Ahh, going to any of these films is not a bad life choice. The Swedish “Kiss Me” is a love story exploring the relationship between two stepsisters-to-be.  “Melting Away” is an Israeli film about family matters centered around transgendered youth. “Interior. Leather Bar.” offers a fascinating fictional documentary directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews as they attempt to recreate scenes from the 1980 film, “Cruising.”


Make it out to one or all of our Tacoma Pride events: show your pride and have fun.

If you know of any other events related to pride in Tacoma you’d like to promote, leave them in the comments!

 Featured image by Henry Waymack

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Michael Fitzgerald

Mike is the owner of Destiny City Comics and a contributor to Post Defiance.

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