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CHS Pics | Celebrating Capitol Hill’s ‘only holiday’ at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Was supposed to rain but didn’t” is pretty much the way Pride celebrations roll every June in Seattle. Saturday, around 12,000 people enjoyed the sun breaks at the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival.

The event has morphed from a family picnic into a day of information and action — there were more than 100 booths this year — and music.

“Earlier today we were standing in the drink line and my bandmate Eric said, ‘This is the only holiday I give a fuck about,’ and I thought that’s a good point,” Lelah Maupin of Tacocat, this year’s “secret” act at the festival. “It’s celebrating love and positivity, you can low key guarantee anyone you run into is a good person. It’s a higher concentration of people more like me.”

Ryan Williams, an Amazon employee found at the festival’s “Glamazon” booth, said “the sense of community, the tight knit atmosphere and inclusiveness” is the big draw at the Volunteer Park gathering.

“It’s a blast being up here,” Williams said. “At some of the other events, I feel more detached. I have less contact with people around me. Here it’s much easier to strike up conversation and people are in really good spirits.”

Williams said it was also refreshing to still be at the start of the Pride season when the “excitement and energy is still there.”

Hopefully you still have some energy in reserve — Capitol Hill Pride 2018’s big events are still to come.

Trans Pride 2018 follows on Friday, June 22nd to starts off Seattle’s Pride weekend with a march around Cal Anderson and then a rally and performances in the park. CHS reported here on organizers and the Gender Justice League staring down the challenges and self-funding the event again in 2018.

Trans Pride Seattle 2018

Saturday the 24th is Capitol Hill’s big Pride day as the city gears up for Sunday’s annual Pride parade downtown. PrideFest Capitol Hill returns with an expanded event that stretches along Broadway from John to Roy, onto E Denny Way and into Cal Anderson Park for Family Pride and Queer Youth Pride. PrideFest producer Egan Orion is also in charge of the Broadway Business Improvement Area this year giving the annual event its best integration yet with the commercial district.

PrideFest Capitol Hill

Earlier this year, City Hall turned away the longtime organizers of the Pride weekend Broadway street festival after citing safety issues last summer. But the group returns undaunted in 2018 with plans for a Capitol Hill Pride March & Rally on Broadway, also on Pride Saturday. Broadway will be busy that day — the Seattle Dyke March also returns with its 2018 event on Broadway.

Capitol Hill Pride March & Rally

2018 Seattle Dyke March & Rally

If you missed last year’s Pride on Capitol Hill, here is what it looked like. More 2018 Capitol Hill Pride events from the CHS Calendar, below.

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