Dallas Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the Dallas Pride Festival

Waving rainbow flags
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The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival has steadily grown into one of the biggest and most enthusiastic gay pride celebrations in the southern half of the United States. It's actually the formal name for Dallas Gay Pride, which this year observes its 31st anniversary (at least in its current form), with its celebration set for September 18, 2016. Dallas actually began holding a Gay Pride celebration in 1972, in solidarity with and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that are the basis for many Pride events held around the country in June.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade and Festival in September:

The Dallas Tavern Guild took over the operation of Dallas Pride in 1982, moved it to September, and called it the Texas Freedom Parade. It was later renamed in honor of one of the parade's key architects, the former Guild director Alan Ross. Since 1983, The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade and Festival is held the third Sunday in September - in 2016, it occurs this year on Sunday, September 18.

Looking for tips on where to celebrates during Pride? Check out the Dallas Gay Nightlife Guide.

On Sunday, the Heineken Heineken Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride Parade commences in the tres-gay Oak Lawn neighborhood at 2 pm on Sunday, September 18. It steps off at the junction of Cedar Springs Road and Wycliff Avenue, marching south down Cedar Springs Road, and then turning and finishing at Reverchon Park.

The same day as the parade (Sept. 18), from noon until 7 pm, the MIller Lite Festival in the Park takes place in Reverchon Park (Maple Ave. at Turtle Creek Blvd.), featuring a variety of musicians, speakers, and performers.

Also be sure to check out the full list of events related to Pride mentioned on the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Pride website, which includes everything from a Bear Roundup to Pride Karaoke contests to a Dallas Red Party fundraiser.

Dallas Gay Resources

Plenty of Dallas gay bars and other LGBT-friendly businesses around the city are extra busy during throughout Pride Week. Have a look at such local papers as Dallas Voice and This Week In Texas, for details. Also check out the excellent site on gay and lesbian travel produced by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Also note that nearby Fort Worth Gay Pride takes place the following month, in early to mid-October, and Dallas Southern Pride/Black Pride is held in late September and early October.