All that glitters is gold in this year’s LGBT pride parade. There’s much to celebrate since Washington state approved same-sex marriage in November—and in light of today's landmark Supreme Court decisions—so expect 200 marchers and a quarter million spectators to turn out for the trip through downtown Seattle on June 30, under the banner “Equality: Passed, Present, and Future.” This year's grand marshals, Jane Abbott Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, are Seattle’s first legally married gay couple; any couple that’s been together for 35 years and still has the newlywed glow deserves a parade. Seattle Pride Parade, June 30, starts at 11am at 4th and Union streets.
But that's only the beginning of this weekend's festivities. Also on the calendar:
Seattle Pride Brunch
June 30 at 8:30am
The parade prefunk starts early at Tom Douglas's Palace Ballroom. Tickets include a breakfast/brunch spread and VIP seeating in the parade viewing pavilion at Westlake Plaza. Bartenders will pour themed cocktails, naturally. $20–$35.
Seattle Trans Pride Parade
June 28 at 5:30, Capitol Hill
Organizers are calling the first—hopefully annual—Trans Pride Parade a "coming out" party for the local transgender community. Marchers will meet on Broadway in front of Seattle Central Community College and walk to Cal Anderson Park for performances by transidentified artists, including singer Rae Spoon, writer Julia Serano (the keynote speaker), and comedian Ian Harvie.
Seattle PrideFest Family Day
June 29, noon–5, Cal Anderson Park
This free day of fun starts with games of tag and kickball and lots of bouncy housing, followed by magic, a concert by kindie rockers Recess Monkey, and the best show of all: drag queen storytelling.
June 30, noon–8, Seattle Center
Biggest PrideFest ever: four stages with Northwest DJs and musicians (including Mary Lambert, featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Same Love"), the finals of the New Legally Wed Game, the Pride Idol winner, and lots of dancing. Find the full schedule at seattlepridefest.org.
Check out Nosh Pit's roundup of Where to Eat and Drink for the Pride Parade for more options.