This article was published on September 20th, 2016
Once again we bid a fond farewell to one of the biggest and best gay pride events in the whole of the US-Gay. Dallas Pride 2016, it was an absolute pleasure. As the weekend came to an end and make their way back from the technicolour world of Pride back to their monochrome everyday existences, its time to take a moment to reflect on the fabulous weekend we leave behind.
Dallas Pride saw the Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts and the rest of the alphabet turn up in their thousands to celebrate everything that is loud and proud about the world of LGBT. It would be impossible to do justice to the entire array of all of the amazing events of the weekend, but to round up Dallas Pride, here were a few of our favourites.
Purple Party: The Purple Foundation is an incredible volunteer run organisation that arranges social events and dance parties throughout the year to raise finances to help support those living with or affected by HIV/AIDs. Their incredible work was reflected in the truly stunning Purple Party, which saw three magnificent events filled with beautiful people and music that had everyone dancing for a great cause.
Gay day at Six Flags: Continuing to cater to all, not just those after a party, Dallas Pride saw Gay Day at Six Flags theme park return. An awesome deal which offered over $50 off entry and parking it was an amazing and fun way to celebrate Pride in an environment that provides entertainment for all the family!
Local Bars: Many Pride events around the world follow a similar formulae, but what makes them individually special is what you take away from the local LGBT community and Dallas was certainly no exception. The local LGBT nightlife pulled out all the stops and welcomed visitors from all over to truly show them how vibrant and alive the Dallas gay community is. There was many incredible events to take in, from Saturday evening gay bingo, to incredible and over-the-top drag shows at the Rose Room. Notably Round-Up Salon, Sue Ellen’s, JR’s, and Station 4’s delivered exceptional hospitality and showcased some of the finest in Dallas’ gay nightlife.
The Festival in the Park: Perhaps one of the best highlights of the whole of Pride was the Festival in the Park. With an electric atmosphere and an incredible line up of phenomenal performers, including Erica Jayne, it was simply the best place to spend Sunday afternoon before heading to the final parties of Pride.
The Parade: Of course, the pinnacle and highlight of any Pride event is always the parade. The event the whole movement was built around, the parade is always one of the most moving and exciting events and Dallas Pride parade truly lived up to the hype. Showcasing the best and boldest movers and shakers in the Dallas community, the parade was a true testament to what is still so important and relevant about Pride.
This round up would not be complete without mentioning the amazing work that the Dallas Tavern Guild do in ensuring the success of Pride and the continued growth of the Dallas LGBT community. A group of LGBT bars and nightclubs, they fund raise and arrange events to help improve the quality of life for the LGBT community and you only have to look at the incredible vibrancy of the Dallas LGBT community to see how successful they are in doing this.
While Pride may be over in Dallas for another year, the LGBT community continues to thrive and if Pride has taught us anything it is that Dallas really is topping the list for LGBT travellers. Visit Dallas can help you plan your trip and remember, everything is bigger in Texas. 😉