Friday, June 3, 2011
Gay rally, parade fills June void left by Pride's move to fall
Austin, Texas: Gay rally, parade fills June void left by Pride's move to fall Austin's Pride Parade and Festival, which has been held on the first Saturday of June since 2002 and also includes a Pride Run, has changed a lot in the past year. The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce created a foundation specifically to handle the Pride events, which attracts thousands of people — 45,000 people attended the 2008 festival, for example. The new Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation made two major changes: The group moved the parade from the first Saturday in June to Sept. 10, and it announced that the culminating festival — held at the Long Center for the Performing Arts last year — will move to a more intimate venue away from downtown, Fiesta Gardens.