Annapolis 2023 Pride Parade and Festival Set for June 3 in Downtown

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 18, 2023) – The third annual Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival is set to take place along the Inner West Street corridor on June 3, 2023. On Thursday, April 27,  Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley presented a Mayoral Proclamation proclaiming June as “Pride Month” in the City of Annapolis. 

The June 3 Pride parade will step off at noon at the intersection of Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street. The parade will continue along West Street (toward downtown) to a left on Calvert Street. The festival (noon to 5 p.m.) will take place on Inner West Street between Church Circle and Calvert Streets at the conclusion of the parade. The theme of this year’s parade and festival is “Express Yourself: Protecting LGBTQIA+ Youth.”

ROAD CLOSURES: Along the parade route on West and Calvert Streets, there will be rolling road closures. Please follow Annapolis Police direction. In addition, West Street will be closed between Calvert Street and Church Circle for both the parade and the festival, beginning at 12 p.m. until after the conclusion of Inner West Street’s Dinner Under the Stars. 

“This is one of the best events on the calendar and it brings our community together in love – something our world needs more of,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. 

June is recognized worldwide as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month). June 2023 marks the 54th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, an uprising to resist harassment and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, which was a pivotal point for the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

PARKING: Recommended parking is at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ($10 all day). Enter through Gate 5 at 511 Taylor Avenue. A free shuttle will be provided. Paid parking at City garages will be available including Park Place, Gotts and Knighton. 

ABOUT PRIDE: 

Founded in May 2018, Annapolis Pride is a grassroots, volunteer organization whose mission is to advocate for, empower, and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Anne Arundel County to live fully and authentically. 

For more information about the parade and festival, and to learn about other Pride events happening in the City, visit: https://annapolispride.org. Attendees can text “PRIDE23” to 38276 to receive information regarding the parade, festival, and shuttle. 

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