Dayton LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, festival held today

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Greater Dayton LGBT Center will kick off the Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday with 80 vendors, a children’s playground, various food trucks, booze and more.

Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It is held to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, which are often seen as the catalyst that started the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement.

The Greater Dayton LGBT Center celebrates Pride annually on the first weekend in June.

The celebration creates a safe environment for members of our community to speak out without fear of hate and experience homosexuality as the default as opposed to the exception while helping to raise awareness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. , according to the Greather Dayton LGBT Center.

The Pride Parade begins at noon at the downtown Dayton Metro Library, heads west on 3rd Street, north on Jefferson Street, west on 2nd Street and turns south on Main Street to end at Courthouse Square.

The festival begins at noon at Courthouse Square, 23 N Main Street. Live entertainment begins as soon as the parade ends and continues until 4 p.m.

There will be 80 vendors, a children’s playground, various food trucks, alcoholic beverages and more.

The Dayton Gay Men’s Chrous Concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 525 W. Riverview.

There will also be Pride Night Parties in Dayton after the festivities, where several local bars will host parties with live music.

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