Your Guide To Columbus Pride 2017

One of the largest LGBTQ Celebrations in the country will be underway in Columbus this weekend. 2017 Columbus Pride marks the 36th Annual Pride Parade and Festival.

Last year, it was the 20th largest celebration in the entire world beating out cities like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and even Sydney, Australia. 500,000 LGBTQ advocates, individuals, and allies lined the streets of downtown Columbus to show their support and of course, their pride.

Due to the expected high temperatures, the attendance at this year’s festivities could be slightly diminished. But make no mistake, hundreds of thousands of people are still expected to attend.

We are a very proud sponsor of this year’s event, which means you can catch us marching in the parade. We’ll be handing out swag and cheering on everyone that Pride means so much to.

Weather

via Columbus Metropolitan Library Facebook

Friday

High of 91F. A few clouds early on, with mostly sunny skies the rest of the day.

Saturday

High of 92F. Some sun in the morning with clouds increasing throughout the day. A stray thunderstorm is possible in the afternoon.

Transportation

via Hopper Carts Facebook

Whether you’re walking, driving, biking, or riding, there are tons of options for festival attendees. If you’re driving, it’s highly suggested that you reserve a parking space at one of the many downtown garages and lots in advance. Free rides are available from Hopper Cart, the CBUS, and FreeRide. For a low-cost option, consider taking the COTA Bus. Car2Go will also have designated parking areas at the festival, which you can find on the map below.

Parade Route

This year is an all new parade route. As the event gets bigger every year, the festival organizers were looking for a little more space to spread out. The parade will begin at Goodale and High, traveling down High St. Then, it will hang a right on Broad before coming to a close at the river!

Safety Reminders

via Columbus Police Department Facebook

Per the official Pride Guide, here are several tips and reminders to keep everyone attending safe!

  • Listen to Police and Pride Security, they are there to keep you safe.
  • Ignore any protesters and keep on marching!
  • Pace Yourself
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Do not leave drinks unattended
  • Leave your pets at home
  • Keep the neighborhood clean
  • Use the trash and recycling receptacles
  • Park legally
  • Stay aware of your surroundings when walking around town
  • Tag your bag with your emergency contact information (Bag tags available at the Stonewall Tent)
  • Tag your child with an emergency contact wristband (Wristbands available at the Stonewall Tent)
  • Quickly vacate the park when the festival closes each day
  • Outside alcohol and coolers are NOT permitted
  • Be Respectful
  • Festival

    With over 180 vendors, 3 performance stages, and tons of attendees, the festival will be chock full of things to do. Throughout the fest, you’ll find designated “relaxation stations”, which will provide a break from the sun with shaded seating areas. The relaxation stations are the perfect place to eat some delicious grub and go through your festival wares.

    Stonewall Columbus is also proud to host the Pride Health Screening Pavillion. The pavillion will be offering free and private HIV and STI testing. So don’t put it off any longer. Not when it’s free!

    Entertainment

    This year’s festival will have three stages. The Main Stage, located at Civic Center Drive and Main Street, The River Stage behind COSI, and The Drag Stage on Rich Street. Highlights include former Everyday Sunday lead singer, Trey Pearson, Mojoflow, the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and the Columbus Women’s Chorus.

    Friday

    via Mojoflo Facebook

    Main Stage

    5:30 Tina She
    6:30 Trey Pearson
    7:30 Divinity Roxx
    8:30 Brian Justin Crum
    9:30 Mojoflo

    River Stage

    5:30 Celebrating our Youth. Performances by local young artists Nia, Micah, Bree the Rapper, Shiloh Hawkins, Juniper Gray.
    9:30 Liberty Deep Down

    Drag Stage

    7:30 hosted by emcee Brook Cartus
    Royal Renegades and Special Guests Drag Show
    Suzanne Westenhoefer

    Saturday

    via The Wet Darlings Facebook

    Main Stage

    12:30 Wednesday Wine
    1:30 Happy Chichester
    2:30 Jemntonic
    3:30 The Wet Darlings
    4:30 Personal Public
    5:15 Suzanne Westenhoefer
    5:45 Crystal Waters
    6:30 N-Soul Deep

    River Stage

    Noon DJ K-Wild
    1:30 Columbus Women’s Chorus
    1:50 Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
    2:10 Capital Pride Band
    2:30 Flaggots
    3:00 Jazz Arts Group
    4:00 James Blackmon Band
    5:00 Hit M Ent

    Drag Stage

    Noon-7:30 Local & Regional DJs & Drag Performers

    Family Activities

    via Facebook

    The 2017 Pride Family Area is loaded with tons of fun for kids of all ages. Sponsored by Jeni’s Ice Cream and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, your children can participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Balloon Animals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Have teenagers? Don’t worry. There’s a space for them, too. Youth aged 13-20 are welcome to chill at the Teen Village. There will be flower crowns, snacks, a t-shirt decorating station, and even temporary tattoos. Don’t worry parents, they won’t last forever!

    The Family Area will be open on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., while Teen Village runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

    See you at Pride everyone. I’ll be the one with glitter.

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