5 Fall Prides You Won't Want to Miss

Saturday August 14, 2021

Vermont Pride, 2018
Vermont Pride, 2018  (Source:James Buck/Vermont Pride)

Summer's dog days are upon us, and June is far behind, but that doesn't mean it's time to roll up the rainbow flag. There's plenty of Pride left in the summer season and well into the fall.

Below are a few upcoming late summer and autumn Pride celebrations you won't want to miss!

Capital Pride, Ottawa

August 22-29

Don't worry about last-minute packing, plane tickets, travel hassles, or COVID restrictions; Capital Pride in Ottawa, Canada, offers a mix of virtual and in-person events so that you can join in from home. Just as Pride has led the fight for LGBTQ+ equality in the United States for the past half-century, so too have Canadians in the community collectively come out of the closet to assert their absolute right to legal, social, and economic parity. This year's celebrations in Ottawa commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1971's "first large-scale queer rights demonstration in Canada." But there's plenty of fun on offer; things will get dragtastic with a drag cooking show, drag bingo, and a drag brunch hosted by "RuPaul's Drag Race" star La La Ri. The Pride parade will be a virtual event broadcast with "Drag Race Canada" star Scarlett Bobo as host. Looking for a snazzy souvenir? You'll be able to head over to the Virtual Queer Market, where "local and regional 2SLGBTQ+ artisans and community vendors" will have their wares on offer in "an innovative 3D format, the market can be visited on any computer, smartphone or tablet."

Vermont Pride

August 28 - Sept. 5

Vermont Pride has hung onto a for-us-by-us ethos that's kept corporate involvement to a minimum while retaining the spirit of Pride. As James Marsh, lead organizer and director of development and communications of the Pride Vermont Parade & Festival, told EDGE in a previous article, "Even now, our Pride is run by the LGBTQ+ community center and operates on a very modest budget.

"That is reflected in the feel of our Pride," Marsh added, saying that the celebration is "community-focused and truly about the celebration and the core of its meaning. Plus, Vermont is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the country, and our Pride is celebrated on the Burlington Waterfront, overlooking Lake Champlain and New York's Adirondack Mountains — it doesn't get more picturesque than that."

A Drag Queen Story Hour, Pride Hikes, and Pride Ball are only a few of the events leading up to the Parade and Festival on September 5.

Miami Pride

September 10-19

Miami Pride's 2021 celebration will culminate "with a hotly anticipated Festival and Parade happening on the weekend of the 18-19 boasting a star-studded roster of almost 100% LGBTQ talent," but the good times will already have been rolling for a week by then under the theme of "One Love." The rainbow lights come to life with the "Flip the Switch" event on Sept. 10, before Ultra Ultra Naté DJs "Sweet Spot" on Sept 11, things get wet and wild with the SOAK Pool Party on September 12. Each successive day brings something new to the calendar of fun — from the Pride flag raising to a Happy Hour, an evening of Health & Wellness and Social Justice, and the Miss Miami Beach Pride Pageant!

Nashville Pride Festival

September 18-19

Country music is seeing more queer representation but the genre's hometown of Nashville shows musical polyamory every time the Nashville Pride brings its musical guests to the stage. Past years have seen Big Freedia, Betty Who, TLC, Lizzo, and other big-name LGBTQ+ acts; this time around, Sant 'N Pepa are slated to take the Equality Stage, along with Kim Petras and Orville Peck.

The festivities are family-friendly, with a Kids Zone and a Youth Area offering games and activities. All ages will converge on the centerpiece Pride Parade on September 18!

Palm Springs Pride

November 1 - 7

"You Are Included" is the theme of Palm Spring Pride this year, and fittingly every sort of event is included in the course of a week spanning everything from a Drag Brunch Brunch to a Hate Crime Vigil. From a 5K Run and Walk to a "Skater Girlz" After Parade Party, this desert revelry will keep summertime alive. A Pride Festival on November 6 prepares the way for the Pride Parade on November 7, preceded by a Champagne Brunch and the Trio Parade Party. All the while, "multiple stages of live entertainment and a vendor marketplace will return to downtown Palm Springs," the press release promises. "Winter is Coming?" Not around here! "Palm Springs Pride in November enjoys beautiful 80º days and cool desert evenings," noted Palm Springs Pride president and CEO Ron deHarte.