Stonewall Columbus Pride Will Return To The Short North And Goodale Park This Summer

Stonewall Columbus Pride is back!

The annual event will return to Goodale Park and the Short North Arts District on June 17-18. This is the first time that the event will be held in-person for the first time since 2019.

The festival and parade draw massive crowds, upwards of half a million people. “We are excited to begin planning for in-person Pride events in 2022, as the City’s pandemic restrictions did not allow us time to do so last year,” said Densil Porteous, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. “We are beginning to work closely with local officials, the community, and partners to ensure the creation of a healthy and safe experience for all those who attend.”

In 2020 and 2021, Stonewall had to reimagine pride events with virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival portion of the event will be back at Goodale Park for the first time since 2016. The Short North area has changed a lot in the last 6 years, and some of those changes will make it even easier for people to attend the festival.

“In the six years since the festival was last held in Goodale Park, our community has become even friendlier for parade and festival-goers with the addition of nearly 1,000 hotel beds and more parking options than ever before,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “As a vibrant, creative, and inclusive community, it will be amazing to not only again celebrate a return of the live and in-person parade, but to now also have the festival return to the heart of the District where we are welcoming to all.”

Porteous joined Stonewall Columbus full-time in 2021 and is the first Black, cis-male leader of the organization. Porteous sees Pride as an opportunity to help engage businesses in investing in the queer community.

“In addition to bringing together a diverse and intersectional community of LGBTQIA+ identities and our allies Stonewall Columbus Pride events are a great opportunity for the businesses in the Central Ohio region to demonstrate their support of the LGBTQIA+ community, the businesses’ employees, and equity and equality on a larger scale” said Porteous. “We also understand the great opportunity we have to ensure that queer businesses in the community benefit from such a large gathering of people in support of our community.”

For more info about Stonewall Columbus Pride, you can visit stonewallcolumbus.org/pride.

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