Celebrating Pride in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas
photo by Andrew Collins

After having taken place in September for the past few years, Las Vegas Pride has moved to late October, several weeks later than last year. Late fall is a fine time to visit this desert metropolis (which will have cooled down a bit from its white-hot summer). Las Vegas has been one of the fastest-growing cities in the past three decades, and similarly, its GLBT scene has become larger, more visible, and more politically active in this time. The city's first Gay Pride took place in 1983 - there's a nice synopsis of the event's history on the Pride Las Vegas website.

Well more than 10,000 people attend the event each year.

The Las Vegas Pride Night Parade, which is sponsored by MGM Resorts International, takes place in the city's downtown, which continues to grow and expand with revitalized businesses and a number of cool new hangouts. The festivities kick off with a Parade Pre-Show for the first hour on the main stage set up at Bridger Avenue, a quick walk from Fremont Street Experience. Then the parade commences at 8 pm, proceeding north along 4th Street from West Charleston Boulevard to Ogden Avenue.

The Las Vegas Pride Festival is held in October at Sunset Park, which is south and east of the Vegas Strip, just beyond (and southeast of) McCarran International Airport. There's always a strong slate of performers on hand, plus more than 100 exhibitors from local businesses and organizations, and a Family Activity Zone for younger attendees. 

If you're looking for lodging ideas, check out the Las Vegas Gay Hotels Guide, and also visit the hotels page produced by Las Vegas Pride, which provides links to three hotels that directly support Gay Pride, the Alexis Park Resort, the Luxor Las Vegas (which has earned a following for its Temptation Sundays gay pool parties), SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and the New Tropicana, which offers special gay travel packages during Pride as well as at other times.

Las Vegas Gay Resources

During Pride week, you'll discover plenty going on at the city's many gay bars, not to mention additional parties at local LGBT-popular Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Check local gay papers and websites, such as Q Vegas and Gay Vegas Magazine, for details. The Pride Guide to Las Vegas is another handy resource. For general travel-planning advice, visit the excellent gay travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association.