Dallas Pride parade returns to Fair Park this weekend
The Dallas Pride parade returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.
Why it matters: Pride events are rooted in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York after police raided a gay club and gay and transgender people fought back.
- That sparked the gay rights movement.
Zoom in: Dallas' first Pride parade took place downtown in 1972 but didn't happen again until June 1980.
- In 1983, the event was renamed the Texas Freedom Parade and moved to September to celebrate a judge's ruling that struck down Texas' sodomy law.
Yes, but: That ruling was eventually overturned and the law stayed on the books until 2003.
Driving the news: Dallas Pride was traditionally in September in Oak Lawn but it moved to Fair Park in June 2019.
The intrigue: Dallas-based dating app Match sponsored a float in the parade this year and employees will shout, "Gay!" per Advocate Magazine.
Of note: In 2020, Dallas started replacing its City of Dallas flags with Pride flags at city facilities every June for LGBTQ Pride Month.
- The downtown skyline will be rainbow-colored Friday through Sunday.
If you go: Dallas Pride festivities take place Saturday and Sunday at Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave.
- Parking is $10. And there's a DART train stop.
Saturday: The Dallas Pride festival runs from 11am-9pm, ending with rainbow fireworks near the Centennial Building.
- Cost: $10 for people 20 and older, $5 for people 13-19, free for people under 12.
- Cost: Free
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