Join the Celebration: River City Pride Parade and Festival Returns to Downtown Evansville in 2023
The River City Pride Parade and Festival are making their glorious and colorful return to Evansville for 2023.
Meet River City Pride
River City Pride is Evansville's newest LGBTQIA+ organization. The focus of River City Pride is to unite, educate, and serve the community, and they are currently in the process of planning the 2022 Pride Festival and Parade.
Evansville's First-Ever Pride Parade and Festival
Remember, back in 2019, pre-pandemic? That was when River City Pride hosted Evansville's first-ever Pride Parade and Festival. It was an incredible day full of joy, love, and celebration for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. The streets were lined with people cheering as the parade made its way through downtown Evansville and once the parade came to a close, the festival began!
2020 Was The Year of Cancelations
During the First Annual River City Pride Festival, there were plenty of food and vendor booths, music, dancing, drag, and more. It was a truly magical and memorable day! In 2020, the coronavirus threw a bit of a wrench in the works when it came to the Second Annual Pride Parade and Festival. The pandemic forced event organizers to cancel the event.
2021 Was The Year of Redirections
While River City Pride had hoped that 2021 would be the year we returned to live events, ultimately the organization had to pivot, creating a virtual event instead. With that shift, came the decision to push the celebration back from the traditional month of Pride celebration in June to October, which is the month that National Coming Out Day is observed. The event was shifted to a live stream with a Halloween theme - A Virtual Spooky Pride - shared via Facebook Live.
2022 Was The Year River City Pride Parade and Festival Returned
We were so excited that River City Pride made a triumphant return in 2022 with the Pride Parade and Festival. We were excited to have been a part of such a beautiful and inclusive event.
2023 Brings a New Location for the River City Pride Parade and Festival
The River City Pride Parade and Festival will once again celebrate love and inclusivity as River City Pride hosts its third parade and festival on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Presented by OneMain Financial, the River City Pride Parade and Festival will take place in its new location on Main Street in downtown Evansville between 2nd Street and Riverside Drive.
A Day of Love, Inclusivity, and Fun For Everyone
During the festival, you will find a number of local, area food trucks, dozens of vendors, live entertainment throughout the day, a beer garden for those 21 and older, and a fun zone to accommodate the kids as well. There is no admission charge to attend the festival and it is free to line the streets to watch the parade as well.
Celebrating Pride All Month Long
Not only will River City Pride host the annual Pride Parade and Festival, but the organization will be hosting a number of other events to celebrate Pride all month long. You're invited to join RCP to celebrate!
What: Pride Night at the Otters
When: June 11, 2023
Where: Evansville's Historic Bosse Field
What: LGBTQ Resource Fair and Music Fest
When: June 16, 2023, at 5 pm
Where: Haynie's Corner Arts District, Downtown Evansville
What: Wag-n-Drag Pet Adoption Event
When: June 23, 2023, at 6 pm
Where: Vanderburgh Humane Society
What: Pride Wiffleball Tournament
When: June 25, 2023, at 6 pm
Where: Haynie's Corner Arts District, SE 2nd Street and Adams Avenue
Follow River City Pride on Facebook to learn more about all of the Pride events planned in June.