Cleveland Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride on Lake Erie

photo by Andrew Collins

Ohio's second largest metropolis has a sizable gay and lesbian community, and the city's Cleveland Gay Pride celebration has become quite popular (more than 30,000 have attended in recent years) not only with locals but with travelers from elsewhere in Ohio as well as across the border in western Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. Cleveland Gay Pride used to take place in late June, but last year organizers moved it to August, and once again it will take place again at that time this year - the date of Cleveland Gay Pride is August 13, 2016, about a month after the city having weathered the Republic National Convention and the untold thousands of anti-LGBT attendees. It'll be nice for the city and its vibrant community to come together for a show of solidarity after all that.

Also of note this year, Cleveland Pride moves to a new location, downtown's Mall C (it will no longer take place at Voinovich Park).

Festivities at this year's celebration, now in its 28th year, take place on Saturday, August 13, and include a rally, parade, and festival featuring live entertainment, food, children's events, and more. 

Cleveland Gay Resources

The city's gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops are especially fun during Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Gay People's Chronicle for details. For visitor information on Cleveland, check out the excellent GLBT travel site created by the Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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