With a sizable gay and lesbian population and a scenic setting at the base of the soaring Sandia Mountains, the mile-high city of Albuquerque (population 560,000) has become one of the more gay-popular destinations in the Southwest over the years. The "Duke City" draws hundreds of participants to its Albuquerque Gay Pride celebration, which marks its 40th anniversary this year and will take place over three days, June 10 through June 12, 2016, about two weeks before Santa Fe Gay Pride. The biggest day of ABQ Gay Pride, when the popular parade takes place, is Saturday, June 11.
Also note that Taos Gay Pride is held in mid-August (the event takes place in Kit Carson Park), and in down in Las Cruces, Southern New Mexico Gay Pride takes place October (it had been held in June but announced a change this year). Lastly, just over the border from southern New Mexico, El Paso Gay Pride is typically held the first week of June.
Events kick off on Thursday, June 9, with the Albuquerque Gay Pride Candlelight Vigil at Morningside Park, at 7:30 pm. The following day at the main festival venue, the New Mexico Expo grounds, the observations continue with the Pride Art Reception from 7 pm until 10 pm.
On Saturday morning, June 11, the Albuquerque Gay Pride Parade starts bright and early at 10 am and proceeds through bustling Nob Hill, starting at Girard Boulevard SE and working its way up to Expo NM.
Albuquerque Pridefest takes place at the centrally located New Mexico Expo grounds on Central Avenue, near the hip and gay-popular Nob Hill neighborhood. Festivities start at 10 am include live music, vendor booths, a Pride art show, and more - you can buy tickets here.
The official host hotel of Albuquerque Gay Pride this year is the Uptown Albuquerque Marriott on Louisiana Boulevard, which offers a special Pride Rate. Here you can find more details about the host hotel and also other businesses that support Pride.
Albuquerque Gay Resources
The city's gay bars and LGBT-popular restaurants, gay-friendly hotels often have parties throughout Pride Week (including nightly parties at Effex). Check local resources, such as my Albuquerque Gay Guide, as well as with the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau's site on GLBT travel, for more ideas about planning a visit here. And visit the the helpful NM Gay Pride Guide, GoGayNewMexico.com, for more on gay-friendly businesses throughout the region.