Cincinnati Pride Sets 2022 Festival Date After Two Years of Pandemic Postponements

Next year's festival will be the organization's first full-scale festival event since 2019.

For 2022, Cincinnati Pride is planning its first full Pride festival since being canceled for the last two years due to coronavirus. - PHOTO: BRITTANY THORNTON
Photo: Brittany Thornton
For 2022, Cincinnati Pride is planning its first full Pride festival since being canceled for the last two years due to coronavirus.

After being limited for two years thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cincinnati Pride has big plans to roar back in 2022.

The city's namesake LGBTQ+ organization took to Facebook on Tuesday morning to cryptically suggest that fans save June 25, 2022 on their calendars.

"Hey. What's up? Cute pics. Would you like to hangout sometime? Okay great - 6/25/22. See you there xo," Cincinnati Pride's post read.

The post included a graphic featuring Pride's rainbow Cincinnati skyline along with next year's presumed festival date and Sawyer Point, the location.

No other details were revealed in the post, which immediately racked up plenty of "likes" and positive comments. CityBeat has reached out to Cincinnati Pride for comment.

The 2022 Cincinnati Pride festival will be the organization's first full-scale festival event since 2019.

In February, Cincinnati Pride announced that large in-person Pride celebrations were canceled for 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The organization also canceled its 2020 celebration amid coronavirus concerns, initially postponing the event from June to October of that year but aborting that date as COVID-19 cases continued to rise.

But as more local residents received their COVID-19 vaccines, Cincinnati Pride arranged smaller in-person events to celebrate and uplift Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ community in 2021, including an open-air market in Washington Park, a Ziegler Pool takeover, drag performances and other limited gatherings.

In addition, Cincinnati City Council unanimously voted in June to rename a portion of 7th Street downtown as Cincinnati Pride Way, which typically marks the starting point for the Cincinnati Pride festival's parade.

June typically is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ liberation and the continued work toward a more just and equitable society.


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