Durham Pride Celebration is Sept. 28

Walk in the parade around East Campus, enjoy live music and other festivities

The Pride: Durham, NC celebration will be at East Campus on Saturday, Sept. 28. Photo courtesy of Duke University Communications.
The Pride: Durham, NC celebration will be at East Campus on Saturday, Sept. 28. Photo courtesy of Duke University Communications.

Break out your bright colors and rainbow pride flags – the Pride: Durham, NC celebration is on Saturday, Sept. 28. 

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on East Campus and loop around Main, Broad, Green and Ninth streets. Local DJ Gemynii, band Loamlands and local drag queens will perform until 4 p.m. on East Campus. Festivities continue at 5 p.m. that evening with food trucks, vendors and live performances at Durham Central Park. 

Pride, which celebrates inclusion, community, family, pride and activism, traces its roots back more than 30 years and has been one of the largest annual LGBTQ-centric events in North Carolina, drawing several thousand visitors. The LGBTQ Center of Durham is organizing the event. 

“We must continue to show up and provide space for people to be their true selves and be allowed to breathe,” said J. Clapp, chair of the Pride: Durham NC planning committee. 

Duke’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity invites staff, faculty and students to walk with the Duke float during the parade. Pride flags and pins will be provided. Email Hunter Roberts, student development coordinator for the center, at hunter.roberts@duke.edu by Friday, Sept. 20, if you want to participate.

Duke community members can also drop by the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity on Sept. 20 between 3-5 p.m. to make Pride posters. Materials and snacks will be provided.   

“Pride is a chance to honor the figures and triumphs that have given our community visibility and rights,” Roberts said. “It’s a day of coming together as a community and supporting the people we love.” 

Check out the Pride parade map below:

2019 Pride parade map
 

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