It’s been a big year for the LGBTQ community, and the good vibes were overflowing at the Austin PRIDE® 25th anniversary festivities. It was a sweltering Saturday, but thousands of folks decked out in their rainbow best braved the heat and celebrated love.
Austin PRIDE® has made a big comeback in recent years, erasing debt, fostering community, and distributing tens of thousands of dollars to local organizations through its “Austin PRIDE Cares” program. As board president Paul Huddleston White noted in the festival program, “Austin PRIDE® has grown from 15,000 attendees in 2011 to over 120,000 in 2014, with even more expected this year!” Thats quite a leap for a non-profit volunteer organization!
The party kicked off at Fiesta Gardens with the PRIDE Festival, before moving downtown for the evening parade. This year featured a stellar lineup of entertainment including Peaches, Brooke Candy, Exposé, Candis Cayne, tons of drag queens, dancers, DJ’s and other fabulous creatures. There’s no way we could include all of the amazing photos we captured that day, but here are 25 of our favorites. Happy PRIDE y’all!
Special thanks to Austin PRIDE® for VIP access. To learn how to get involved, visit their website here. All photos by Arcie Cola.