Arguably no large city in New York State outside of New York City itself is a more vibrant destination for arts and music. A progressive academic city, Rochester is a great base for exploring the shoreline of Lake Ontario and the sophisticated inns, restaurants, and wineries of the nearby Finger Lakes region. In mid-July, this city of 211,000 hosts Rochester Gay Pride, which is produced by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.
Rochester Gay Pride 2018 Details
The theme of this year's pride is "Stand Out: Live (In Color)" and is scheduled to take place July 21 through July 23, 2018, with a number of related events taking place during the week leading up to Pride.
Tthe festivities begin on Friday, July 21, with a flag-raising at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, in Manhattan Square.
The following day, Saturday, July 22, is the time for the Rochester Gay Pride Parade, held from 1 pm until 3ish and running along Park Avenue (the procession begins at Park Avenue and Argyle, and it ends at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Manhattan Square). (Here's a map of the parade route). Taking place throughout that afternoon at MLK Park is the Rochester Gay Pride Festival, held from 1 until 9 pm at the festival grounds in Cobbs Hill Park. In addition to vendors, food, and family activities, the festival will present entertainment by a number of talented artists.
Tickets to the festival in previous years cost $15 at the gate (or $10 if you buy them in advance). On Sunday, July 22, the festival continues in Cobbs Hill Park from 11 am until 6 pm.
The event is still being planned so check the Rochester Pride Fest's website for updated information.
For more on the Rochester gay scene, check out the helpful local LGBT publication and website Empty Closet gay newspaper, which is one of the longest-running such publications in the country. Also take a look at the excellent gay travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, Visit Rochester.