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Hopefully by 2022 we’re having parades and parties again — But Seattle Pride making early call to move 2021 celebration online

Hell no, you can’t cancel Pride — but you can be realistic about pandemic-era scheduling.

The organizers of Seattle Pride aren’t waiting around. In 2021, Seattle’s celebration of LGBTQIA+ will again be virtual:

As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues to restrict large public gatherings, Seattle Pride – the organizer of Seattle Pride in the Park and Seattle Pride Parade – will shift  its annual LGBTQIA+ celebratory events to a virtual weekend (June 26 & 27, 2021) of speakers,
performances and more.

“With the pandemic still spreading at a rapid pace, we could not in good conscience move forward with plans for our June events which bring thousands of people together in close proximity,” said Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx. “Our efforts now shift to building on the success of last year’s virtual Pride, so we can continue to bring our community together to celebrate diversity.”

In 2020, organizers responded to the risks around large gatherings with an April decision to move the energy from the annual parade and celebrations on Capitol Hill and Seattle Center to online gatherings and virtual events.

CHS reported here on 2020’s Pride Weekend happenings and efforts around BIPOC Pride in a summer of Black Lives Matter marches and activism.

The transition of major events like Pride to online, virtual events can be a psychic blow that communities have now grown familiar with. How to address the economic impact is another challenge. Capitol Hill bars and restaurants will certainly mourn the decision.  In 2021, Seattle Pride is looking for ideas to add to the roster of speakers, performances and events. Would virtual beer gardens benefitting neighborhood bars be fun?

“Details of Seattle Pride’s plans for June are in development, but are expected to be announced within a couple months,” the announcement from Seattle Pride reads. “In the meantime, per tradition, Seattle Pride is once again calling on the public to submit suggestions for this year’s Pride event theme. To submit a theme idea, visit the submission form at SeattlePride.org.”

2021’s Seattle Pride weekend is slated for June 26th and 27th, 2021.

The full 2021 announcement from Seattle Pride is below.

Seattle Pride Events to Go Virtual, Again

As Pandemic Continues, Seattle Pride Plans for Big Online Celebration

 

SEATTLE (Jan. 27, 2021) – As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues to restrict large public gatherings, Seattle Pride – the organizer of Seattle Pride in the Park and Seattle Pride Parade – will shift  its annual LGBTQIA+ celebratory events to a virtual weekend (June 26 & 27, 2021) of speakers, performances and more.

 

“With the pandemic still spreading at a rapid pace, we could not in good conscience move forward with plans for our June events which bring thousands of people together in close proximity,” said Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx. “Our efforts now shift to building on the success of last year’s virtual Pride, so we can continue to bring our community together to celebrate diversity.”

 

Details of Seattle Pride’s plans for June are in development, but are expected to be announced within a couple months. In the meantime, per tradition, Seattle Pride is once again calling on the public to submit suggestions for this year’s Pride event theme. To submit a theme idea, visit the submission form at SeattlePride.org.

“We are grateful for the proactive, responsible actions of Seattle Pride in putting the community’s health as their top priority given the ongoing spread of COVID-19,” said Chris Swenson, City of Seattle Special Event Committee Chair. “Under Governor Inslee’s “Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery” plan, we have no assurances on when the Special Events Committee can once again be able to consider major parades or festivals, or guidelines on how event organizers will be able to effectively manage crowd sizes according to evolving public health guidelines.”

Despite the lingering pandemic-related challenges, Seattle Pride and other LGBTQIA+ groups – including PrideFest (organizers of PrideFest at Seattle Center) and Gender Justice League (organizers of TransPride) look forward to the possibility of hosting smaller-scale, in-person events incorporating public health protocols as soon as possible, as the organizations closely monitor guideline updates and confer with local health officials in making that determination later this year.

“We’ve loved the opportunities for partnership and community that came with virtual Pride celebrations, but if it’s safe to do so, PrideFest is committed to doing in-person events in 2021. The power of solidarity and the energy of coming together as a community is more important than ever as we look forward to recovering from the pandemic,” said PrideFest Executive Director Egan Orion.

“Gender Justice League remains committed to celebrating the lives and accomplishments of our transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse communities through thoughtful events online and, when it is safe to do so, in person,” added Gender Justice League Co-Executive Director Elayne Wylie.

No matter the size or scale of any in-person events later in the year, Seattle Pride is optimistic about the return of its Seattle Pride in the Park and Seattle Pride Parade events next year, as it moves forward with planning this year’s virtual Pride celebration.

Given last year’s hugely successful virtual Pride weekend which averaged more than 3,300 online participants each day, Seattle Pride is excited about the possibilities for this year, grateful for its promotional collaboration with PrideFest and Gender Justice League, and thankful for the hundreds of event sponsors, community partners, vendors and event participants for the continued support as plans shift once again for a different kind of Pride celebration.

Seattle Pride’s events are made possible with generous support from presenting partners Alaska Airlines, Facebook and T-Mobile, and from Seattle Pride’s Official TV Partner, KIRO 7, as well as many other community partners.

For information on how to help support this year’s events, contact sponsorship@seattlepride.org

About Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride is the (501(c)4) not-for-profit organization which produces the Seattle Pride Parade, Seattle Pride in the Park and other pride-related events and promotions, as well as providing grants and sponsorship support to community-based LGBTQIA+ serving organizations statewide, and year-round advocacy in support of diversity, inclusivity and equal human rights for all.

 

About Seattle Out & Proud Foundation

Seattle Pride’s Seattle Out & Proud Foundation is a (501(c)3) non-profit foundation which exists to educate the public about the LGBTQIA+ community and the rights of its members; to eliminate discrimination against; and to further the civil rights of members of the LGBTQIA+ community by promoting the arts and supporting leadership development.

To learn more about Seattle Pride and Pride-related events, grants and advocacy, visit www.SeattlePride.org; subscribe to our e-newsletters and advocacy alerts; and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn @SeattlePride, and on Pinterest and Twitter @OurSeattlePride.


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Eric
Eric
3 months ago

Better safe than sorry!