Houston LGBT Pride Celebration What you need to know [6/29/2013]
BY Alex Wang [ June 29, 2013 at 16:42:58 ]
|The Pride Festival and Parade will take place on June 29, 2013|
The Festival is open from 1 to 7 p.m.
The Parade begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. (Interested in the VIP Experience?)
About the Festival
With more than 200 contingents and exhibitors, multiple stages, and attendance of more than 65,000 people, the Festival has something for everyone. With exhibits like the Houston Dynamo Family Fun Zone, the Walgreens Health & Wellness Pavilion, the Houston LGBT History Exhibit and a whole cast of music performers including our Pride Superstar contestants, past and present. Admission is free, but donations for support can be given at the information booths at either entrance to the Festival.
Most exhibitors and food vendors only accept cash, and ATMs are available on-site until 7 p.m. or at local businesses.
About the Parade
The Parade, held along Westheimer Rd. between Dunlavy and Montrose Blvd, features more than 100 organizations and businesses supporting and celebrating the Houston LGBT community. The Parade draws more than 325,000 people in total, making it the second largest parade in Houston. The Parade pre-show beginning at 7:30 p.m. will be at 7:30 p.m. on Westheimer/Waugh.
Grandstand seating is available in our Friends of Pride VIP Area (seating, private restrooms, complimentary food, cocktails and water are available), and general bleacher seats (non-alcoholic beverages and water are available for sale, and private restrooms) are available as well.
OFFICIAL After Party
The spirit of pride doesn’t end after the Parade. You can continue to party the night away at the only OFFICIAL After Party at South Beach Night Club. Take a journey to the coolest place on earth. Equipped with the latest gear we’re sure you won’t visit another club that has the same features we do. Their State-of-the-Art EAW Avalon Series Sound System was designed especially for their space and has the power to keep you grooving all night long. The Full Color Water Cooled Matrix Laser Light Show is not only dazzling, its also the only one of it’s kind in the Southwest. It provides a vast array of stunning visuals like nothing you’ve ever witnessed before. Dance floors get hot. That’s just the way it goes, but our Liquid Ice Jets deliver the relief you need to keep grooving. They have the power to drop the temperature of the club 20 degrees in the matter of seconds. South Beach is the only night club to Sponsor Pride Houston and Houston Pride Week.
All areas of the Festival and Parade are smoke-free, and no outside beverages or alcohol may be brought into the festival, VIP area or general bleachers. Be sure to stay hydrated.
In the interest of general safety, please refrain from bringing in the following into the Festival or Parade:
Alcohol (open container laws and city ordinances still apply)
Pets or animals (we love animals, but for their safety, leave them at home)
Location: Where are the Festival and Parade?
The Festival is located in the Montrose neighborhood south of Westheimer along the streets of Commonwealth and Yoakum.
The Pride Houston Parade is located in the Montrose neighborhood running along Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose Blvd.
From Northeast: Highway 59 South. Take the exit onto Interstate 10 West. Take the left lane exit onto Interstate 45 South. Take the left lane exit onto Allen Parkway. Take the Waugh Exit, turning left onto Waugh. Waugh Dr becomes Commonwealth St. Continue on Commonwealth until you reach Westheimer.
From North/Northwest: Interstate 45 South. Take the left lane exit onto Allen Parkway. Take the Waugh Exit, turning left onto Waugh. Waugh Dr becomes Commonwealth St. Continue on Commonwealth until you reach Westheimer.
From South/Southeast: Interstate 45 North. Take the left lane exit onto Allen Parkway. Take the Waugh Exit, turning left onto Waugh. Waugh Dr becomes Commonwealth St. Continue on Commonwealth until you reach Westheimer.
From Southwest: Highway 59 North. Take the left lane exit TX 527 Spur. Turn left onto Elgin. Elgin becomes Westheimer. From West: Interstate 10 East. Take the Studemont St Exit. Turn right onto Studemont St. Studemont St becomes Montrose Blvd. Take Montrose Blvd to Westheimer.
From East: Interstate 10 West. Take the Heights blvd/Yale St Exit. Turn left at Heights Blvd. Heights Blvd becomes Waugh Dr. Waugh Dr becomes Commonwealth St. Continue on Commonwealth St to Westheimer.
The following streets will be closed Friday June 28 to Sunday, June 30 at 3 a.m.
Yoakum Boulevard between Westheimer and Hawthorne
Lovett Boulevard between Graustark and Montrose
Commonwealth Boulevard between Westheimer and Lovett
Mt. Vernon Street between Westheimer and Lovett
Yoakum between Westheimer and California St
Parking is limited, so please utilize bicycles, your feet or public transportation whenever possible. Bus stops are conveniently located along Westheimer for quick access. Please call 713-635-4000 or visit www.ridemetro.org for information on routes, schedules and all of Metro services.