2018 Pride Parades and Festivals

Pride Parades and Festivals are an excellent opportunity to provide witness to God's grace and love in the community.

Washington, DC: Join the United Methodist Contingent for the Capital Pride Parade - June 9

You are invited to join United Methodists from DC, Maryland, WV and Virginia to march in the Capital Pride Parade. The Pride Parade is a great opportunity to provide witness to God's love for all people.

Date: Saturday June 9, 2018
Meet-Up Location: In the Green Zone, on 22nd St between P and Q Sts in NW Washington, DC.
Time: At 4:00pm we will gather and clergy, including LGBTQ clergy, will offer communion. You are welcome to come anytime after 3:30pm and help on any final float preparations. We anticipate step-off for us at about 5:00pm and will be in place and ready to go at 4:50pm. This is an estimate for our step-off time and bring your flexibility! (Note: many street closures in the area; official parade kick-off at 4:30PM.)  More at https://www.facebook.com/events/1656183554450641/

Baltimore Pride - Join United Methodists for Parade and Festival - June 16-17

On Saturday, June 16, members from the Baltimore United Methodist Reconciling Congregations will once again march as a group within the Faith Communities of Baltimore delegation.  Last year, there were 20 members from five United Methodist Churches and we were part of the Faith Communities of Baltimore group of 300 members representing 27 congregations. What an exciting time it was to be part of such a large group of congregations that support the LGBTQ community!

The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. at 33rd and Charles and continues south on Charles Street to 23rd Street.  This is a new parade route and should be easier and cooler.  Those participating in the parade are asked to be in place by 12:30 p.m.  We will have rainbow flags and beads to pass out to those watching the parade. 

On Sunday, June 17, the Pride Festival moves to Druid Hill Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The Baltimore Reconciling Congregations will have table space for handing out our congregation information within the Faith Community of Baltimore tents. Come on out for a few hours in the park.  There are many displays, crafts, food and entertainment for the entire family.  If you can volunteer for an hour or so at our display table, that would be most helpful.

You are encouraged to participate in the activities of Pride Weekend and show your support for the LGBTQ community.  If you have any questions on to volunteer for the display table, please contact George Kahl at Grace UMC office 410-433-6650. More at: http://baltimorepride.org/

Shepherdstown, WV - June 15-17

Eastern Panhandle Pride 2018 takes place June 15-17, including a street fair on Saturday, June 16. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/189139565044886/.

Frederick Pride - June 23

Frederick Pride is celebrating its 7th year in 2018! This year’s festival takes place Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., once again at Carroll Creek Linear Park in beautiful, historic downtown Frederick. More at https://www.facebook.com/events/1169613259838608/