The state's largest city, Anchorage, hosts the Alaska Gay Pride Festival and Parade each June, right in the heart of this rugged metropolis that lies in the shadows of the Chugach Mountains, along with the famous Turnagain Arm fjord. Alaska Pride takes place over a full week, culminating on the big day of the march and festival.
There are a number of events leading up to the big weekend, including an Alaska Pride Kick-Off BBQ, country line dancing, a Celebration of Pride worship service, a Rainbow Run sponsored by the wonderful local restaurant Snow City Cafe, drag bingo to lube wrestling, and lots more -- check out the official Anchorage Pride events calendar for the most up-to-date schedule.
On the Saturday at the end of Pride Week, the Alaska Pride Equality Parade starts at 7th and 8th avenues at E Street and proceeds to the festival grounds at the Rose Block of the Delaney Park Strip. Then from noon throughout the afternoon, participants enjoy food, entertainment, and networking at the Alaska Pride Festival, held in Delaney Park.
Anchorage Gay Resources
Gay-popular bars (be sure to check out Mad Myrna's, the city's hottest gay club) plus restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride Week. Check local resources, like Identity GLBT Community Center and Anchorage Press (the progressive alternative newsweekly) for more on the local scene. For more ideas about what to see and do while visiting this dynamic city, have a look at some fun things to do while visiting Anchorage.