Everything to Know About the Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival this Weekend

The Cincinnati Pride Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on June 25.

click to enlarge Cincinnati's 2019 Pride Parade - PHOTO: BRITTANY THORNTON
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Cincinnati's 2019 Pride Parade

While the Queen City has been celebrating Pride month throughout June, the official Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival kicks off this weekend.

The return of the first in-person Cincinnati Pride Parade since COVID hit in 2020 will begin June 25 at 11 a.m. at 7th and Plum Streets. It will then move down Vine Street and end at Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, where the festival portion of the event will take place. Find the map for staging for people and floats here.

Festival activities begin at noon and last until 9 p.m. (alcohol sales end at 8 p.m.). The festival is free and open to everyone who wants to enjoy an afternoon of Pride celebrations. The festival will also a family fun zone, a sober zone, a silent disco, plus a newly-added teen zone.

There will be three stages to catch performances— the Main Stage, hosted by local drag queen Brooklyn Steele-Tate, will have dance parties hosted by tons of Cincinnati DJs, burlesque shows and more.

The Tunnel Stage will be hosted by queens Stixen Stones and Kiara Chimera, and will have drag performances and dance parties.

The Sister Stage, hosted by drag queen nuns the Cincinnati Sisters, will have everything from dancing to a performance from the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. See the full list of performances here.

There will be no shortage of things to do at the festival, as there are tons of retail, information and nonprofit booths, plus food and alcohol vendors. Retailers include everything from E19 Lounge Bar and Discotheque to IKEA to vintage shops.

Snacks will also not be in short supply at the festival. The festival portion of Cincinnati Pride will include sweets from places like Graeter's and Dreamy Whip, plus savory bites from spots like Sweets & Meats BBQ and Medallen's Gyros.

Beer will be available from local breweries like Braxton, Madtree, Rhinegiest and more. Wine from Barefoot Wine will also be sold at the festival. Find the full list of vendors here.

Cincinnati Pride Festival is located at 705 East Pete Rose Way, Downtown. Find more information at cincinnatipride.org.

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