The first Pride parade was held on June 28, 1970 in New York’s Greenwich Village, a year after the Stonewall Riots. Cincinnati Pride, started 46 years ago, is a week-long celebration and affirmation of LGBTQ individuals no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. We’ve compiled a handy guide of all things Pride leading up to — and following— the annual Cincinnati Pride parade and festival on June 22. And this year, many collaborators — including Underground Cincy, Five:Four Events, Cincy Tea Dance, ChicOut and Cincy Black Pride — have come together to schedule associated and ancillary events to mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. Without further ado, here’s the lowdown on all things Pride. Find more at the official cincinnatipride.org site or collaborative events at cincyprideevents.com.
Wednesday, June 19
Black Alphabet Film Festival Cincy — Join Cincinnati Black Pride for two nights of Black LGBTQ films. Kicking off Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, a director’s reception precedes each evening at 4 p.m. The Changing Same, directed by Joe Brewster and Miche’lle Stephenson, will lead Wednesday night’s flicks, followed by Kareem Ferguson’s Gay Baby and feature film parTy boi with a panel discussion that includes director Michael Rice. OUT Again, by Robin Cloud, will close the night. On Thursday, Congo Cabaret — directed by Deondray Gossett and Quincy Le Near — will lead the night followed by the Sampson McCormick-directed A Different Direction and then Alex and Zachary Mastoon’s Word is Bond. Celebrating its 10th anniversary is U People, the night’s feature film, directed by Hanifah Walidah and Olive Demetrius. 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. $12 each day. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, cincinnatiblackpride.com.
Summer Cinema: The Devil Wears Prada — Outdoor cinema? For summer? Groundbreaking. Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway costar in this 2006 classic. The Devil Wears Prada nabbed Streep an Oscar nomination and showed us what queens both actresses really are. Wear your coolest digs because best dressed gets a prize. Bring a lawn chair, some pals and chill with Cincinnati Pride. 9-11 p.m. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org.
Party on the Purple — Before The Devil Wears Prada, head over to Purple People Bridge for special drinks, raffles, food and drag. 6-10:30 p.m. Free admission. Purple People Bridge, 1 Levee Way, Newport, cincinnatipride.org.
Wednesday Night Jazz at Revel OTR Urban Winery — Ya like Jazz? Ya like Jazz LGBTQ musicians? If the answer is yes to both, Revel OTR Urban Winery is a place to unwind. 9 p.m.-midnight. Free admission. Revel OTR Urban Winery, 111 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, revelotr.com.
Thursday, June 20
Lunch, Learn & Vibe Speaker Series — Grab some grub and listen to a panel of local LGBTQ advocates chat about the power and influence of the LGBTQ community in Cincinnati. Hosted by the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, panelists include Tim’m T. West, cofounder and director of Cincinnati Black Pride; Julia Packer-Wesselkamper; and Preston Keith, the director of University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center. Jenell Walton will moderate and Dave Jefferys, executive director of the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association, will present. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10 lunch. Union Hall, 1311 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatiusa.com.
Pride Charms & Light Paintings — For teens, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Branch will host an afternoon of crafting. Make some charms you can wear to show off your Pride and paint the day away. Supplies are provided. 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown, cincinnatilibrary.org.
Queer Speed Dating — To celebrate the love (or lust) in the air, Queen City Radio is teaming up with Pure Romance for a night of match-making. Message Queen City Radio on Facebook with your orientation to sign up. 7-10 p.m. Free. Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/queencityradiobar.
Multifaith Pride Service — Several local organizations will converge for this multifaith celebration of Pride. Drop by early — starting at 6:30 p.m. — for snacks and drinks provided by Jeff Thomas Catering. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, 200 Home Road, Covington, cincinnatipride.org.
Official Cincinnati Pride Weekend Kickoff Party — Dance your heart out at the 20th Century Theater while DJ Jacoby is on the decks to get hyped for Pride weekend. Burlesque dancers Ginger LeSnapps, Alexander Cameron and Alexander Storm will provide entertainment while Mr. Johnny Dangerously sells raffle tickets for rad prizes. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 suggested donation. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road, Oakley, cincinnatipride.org.
Friday, June 21
Happy Hour with The Birdcage & Rhinegeist — The Birdcage and Rhinegeist will join forces for this pre-party the night before the week’s main event: The Cincinnati Pride parade and festival. Sip on $5 Rhinegeist pints, fruity cocktails or grab a bucket for the whole crew for $25. For each purchase of the night, $1 will go toward Cincinnati Pride. Raffle ticket prizes include a Rhinegeist Coleman Cooler and swag bags. 4-8 p.m. Free admission. The Birdcage, 927 Race St., Downtown, cincinnatipride.org.
Drag Rush — Take a step back in time to the 1800s at Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey with burlesque troupe Smoke & Queers. Plus, a special menu of fried chickpeas, cheese curds, blackened chicken thighs, and housemade sauces. Oh. And there will be rainbow biscuits — what more could you ask for, really? 4-7 p.m. Free admission. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, 1201 Broadway St., Pendleton, facebook.com/BetterTogetherCincy.
UNDERGROUND: FOREPLAY — Black velvet. Plush seats. Cocktails. A whole lot of dancing. DJ Mowgli will take over the Contemporary Arts Center’s Black Box theater for UNDERGROUND: FOREPLAY, a night of “music, dance, and liberation” that celebrates 50 years of progress in reference to the anniversary of Stonewall, the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. From 8-9 p.m., check out a visual and performing arts showcase in collaboration with Cincinnati Black Pride. 8 p.m.-midnight. $22. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, undgndcincinnati.com.
Black Tea: A Dance Party in Cincy — This official dance party from Cincinnati Black Pride and Hey Girl Hey — a Columbus, Ohio-based organization that seeks to provide a safe space for queer women of color — will feature the sounds of DJ Kaotic. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. 4027 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cincinnatiblackpride.com.
Rock the Boat — RockHard Productions presents their annual boat ride along the Ohio River for Cincinnati Black Pride. Two levels will be packed with two bars, three DJs and more. Do you dig Hip Hop, Reggae and House? Join DJ Eazy Kutz, DJ Diamond and MC Lil Ryan on the top deck. Feeling 1980s and ’90s throwback tunes? DJ C-Ray has got you covered. 18 years and up. 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. with boarding until 11:30 p.m. $35. Cincinnati Public Landing, 435 E. Mehring Way, The Banks, searchable on eventbrite.com.
Cincinnati Leather Pride Ball 2019 — Head out to Mixwells for their annual Leather Pride Ball. From drag queens working the crowd to a “Create Your Own Gear Station” and a Leather Gear Male Fashion Show, the night promises a bit of everything. Come early and treat yourself to a free wiener hot off the grill. Leather and puppy attire is encouraged, but come as you are — everyone is welcome. 21 and up. 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Free admission. Mixwells Northside, 3935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, facebook.come/mixwellsbar.
Saturday, June 22
Cincinnati Pride Parade — Don your coolest rainbow threads and join in celebrating the diverse, vibrant LGBTQ community in Greater Cincinnati. The parade will begin at Seventh Street and Central Avenue and wind through Vine Street and Fountain Square before it ends at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, where the Pride Fest festivities begin. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. cincinnatipride.org.
Cincinnati Pride Festival — Sprawling throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, this bash will run through the afternoon and stretch into the evening. Entertainment includes various DJs, drag queen showcases, closing with headliner Todrick Hall, who rose to fame on the ninth season of American Idol. Noon-9 p.m. Free. Sawyer Point, 705 E Pete Rose Way, Downtown, cincinnatipride.org.
ChicOut Pride in the Park — After the Parade, ChicOut will host an afternoon of vintage lawn games, drinks, grub and more. Tickets get you a T-shirt and two drinks. 1-6 p.m. $20. Smale Riverfront Park, W. Mehring Way, The Banks, facebook.com/chicoutproductions.
Afterglow — Top off the day with this after-pride party. Marketed as a celebration of “50 years since the Stonewall Riots that ignited the Pride movement,” the festivities will last through 4 a.m. so you can literally party all night long. Entertainment includes six DJs inside and two outside; five bars serving up specialty cocktails; live dance, vocal and aerial performers; and gogo dancers. Plus, you can grab specialty cocktails — and mocktails! — from a total of five bars. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $27. OTR LIVE, 209 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/BetterTogetherCincy.
Sunday, June 23
Pride Tea Dance — To round out the weekend, Tea Dance Cincinnati will unfold in the Music Hall Ballroom with their biggest event yet. Six DJs will be placed throughout the space and play 30-minute sets. In between, an array of performers will grace Music Hall: the Cin City Burlesque dance troupe, drag queen Penny Tration, a DANCEFIX flash mob, aerial performers and more. Plus, you can sip on signature cocktails designed by local mixologist Molly Wellmann. The whole space will be decked out with Pride. 4-8 p.m. Free; $25 VIP ticket. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/teadancecinci.