West Virginia Pride Celebrations

The West Virginia LGBT Pride celebration

WV Pride Parade in Charleston, WV
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Charleston, the capital and largest city in the state, plays host to the West Virginia Pride celebrations, a series of events and gatherings held in early June, culminating with a Pride Parade and Festival. Check out West Virginia Pride's calendar of events page, which details the full slate of events taking place during the week leading up to the parade and festival. The Charleston Pride Festival marked its 20th anniversary in 2016.

West Virginia Pride's main events are the Annual Pride Parade and Festival at attractive Haddad Riverfront Park, featuring live music and speeches, great food, and booths from local LGBT-friendly organizations and businesses. The Pride Parade runs along Kanawha Boulevard, ending at Capitol Street.

Pride in West Virginia

Although this mountainous state with a fairly conservative reputation has a smaller and somewhat less visible gay scene than in the main cities of neighboring states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio, West Virginia does have an increasingly active LGBT community. Much of the state's gay population resides in or near Charleston, which has a handful of LGBT bars.

For more on travel to the region, visit the official travel site of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.