Capitol Hill Pride Festival to add rally, Broadway parade in 2015

Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2014 including plenty of sunny people watching on Broadway (Images: CHS)

Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2014 including plenty of sunny people watching on Broadway (Images: CHS)

Slowly but surely, Charlotte LeFevre is bringing Pride back to Capitol Hill.

Growing steadily from its grassroots start in 2009, plans for this summer’s Capitol Hill Pride Festival announced this week detail an event that continues to expand in scope and purpose. This time, the longtime curator of north Broadway’s long-gone Museum of Mysteries is bringing a Pride parade back to Capitol Hill:

10-11am Capitol Hill Pride Festival March Seattle Central Campus to Main Stage on Harrison St. “Never Forget” 1969 Stonewall with speakers and history. The Capitol Hill Pride Festival March will be an all ages, all orientations, all gender/transgender civic march with no fees open to the public. The march has no fees as the Directors of the festival feel an individual should not have to pay a fee to march, demonstrate or show civic and community pride.

“Seattle has not had an all gender inclusive LGBT march for many years since the Parade started charging fees thereby shutting out individuals and low budget organizations. Marchers are encouraged to bring hand written signs,” the announcement of the 2015 event notes.

Organizers say SPD estimated 25,000 people attended the Broadway festival in 2014.

The 2014 Seattle Dyke March -- More pictures here (Images: CHS)

The 2014 Seattle Dyke March — More pictures here (Images: CHS)

Of course the Pride Festival's doggie drag contest is returning (Images: CHS)

Of course the Pride Festival’s doggie drag contest is returning (Images: CHS)

While the events on Broadway won’t rival the scale of the of the “official” parade downtown and PrideFest at the Seattle Center, it wasn’t long ago that Capitol Hill was itself the center of the weekend’s official activities. In 2006, the big parade moved downtown as it outgrew Broadway and expanded to be a bigger part of Seattle culture. But the move didn’t come without dramas — sometimes financial, sometimes soul searching as the events around Pride took on a more mainstream hue and more and more corporate sponsors.

In the meantime, PrideFest has expanded its activities back up the Hill with a street festival of its own while other events have been added to the weekend’s events including the 2013 debut of Trans Pride. Meanwhile, longtimer Seattle Dyke March marches on with a Saturday evening procession up Broadway and through the neighborhood right through the Broadway Pride Festival’s footprint.

Planned for June 27th, the Saturday of the 2015 Seattle Pride weekend, this year’s festival street fair components are planned to return along with the new parade and a nighttime “Rainbow Light Walk” in which “festival attendees are encouraged to wear lights and show their true colors.”

You can learn more at capitolhillpridefestival.info.