Celebrating Pride in the Mid-South Since 2003
The annual Mid-South Pride Festival is the single largest gathering for the LGBT community and its allies in the Mid-South. It attracts more than 8,000 attendees and includes entertainment featuring musicians, bands, speakers, and dance performances. The Festival features more than 80 vendor and informational booths, great food, and of course, the Pride Parade rolling down Historic Beale Street. Events at the Mid-South Pride Festival and Parade are fun-filled and family friendly. We welcome everyone to be a part of this grand celebration.
Countdown to Pride 2015
Festival 10am – 6pm | Parade at 5pm
Robert Church Park
4th & Beale Street
Downtown Memphis, TN
Mid-South Pride Festival & Parade
Professionals interested in performing on the Pride Stage, please submit the application here on our website. If you have suggestions for entertainers or speakers, please share them in our suggestion box.
If you have heros to suggest as Grand Marsals for the parade, please let us know by adding their names and their contributions to our suggestion box.
Tori Who Dat comes to us from the heart of New Orleans and streets of Memphis to help enlighten the youth while offering a sanctuary from social stigmas through her infectious beats and unique sound. Today, her passion and her purpose is defined by her dedication to sincerity in her lyrics with a raw message that can be felt by anyone who has seen struggle and risen above with fists swinging.
Blackberry Wednesday is made up of 3 Memphis music veterans. Frontman and keys player Rod Henson has been playing and writing music in Memphis for the last 10 years. Lucien Croy ,guitar player and the bands bass player has also been performing regionally for the same. The bands drummer David wade has toured and played all across the United States. The band is currently promoting their 3rd studio album "playin for pennies" it's kinda a cross between Ok go and Guns and Roses with a bluesy Memphis rock twist.
If you're looking for entertainment, humor and a reliable performer that is professional, look no further than Thomas Prunier.
The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. (Other uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace.) The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches. It originated in Northern California, but is now used worldwide.
Your kind donation to Mid-South Pride will directly impact the lives of the Mid-South LGBT community. The generous spirit and support by individuals & socially responsible organizations, allow us to continue producing events to inspire and strengthen the LGBT community.
The ad features Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, a gay republican and military physician, who was unable to marry his boyfriend. WRCB, an NBC affiliate in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is refusing to run a commercial about marriage equality.
Mid-South Pride needs 10 mins of your time for a survey. Participating in this study helps Mid-South Pride open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community.
This year we will be hosting a T-Shirt Competition! We are looking for a t-shirt design for the Festival & Parade that makes a bold statement and is centered around our theme. The top 5 designs will be chosen, and the winner will be chosen by online voting.
This year we are extending our Theme to a poster competition!!! The mission of the poster contest is to put a spotlight on the outstanding artists in our community, and to give them the opportunity to to paint a portrait of their visions of Pride in the Mid-South.
WorldPride Madrid 2017 will feature a full program of conferences, seminars, workshops as well as cultural and sports activities, and a “kids and family pride” that will act as a source of education. However, the greatest asset of Madrid Pride is having contributed to transforming society and its mentality with regard to the LGBT community.
The Pride Festival is an all day event, with great food, entertainment by local and national celebrities, and vendors booths with products and information. It's a family friendly experience with a children's activities area, and a VIP Section with extra concessions for the adults.
We're on a mission to be renowned as the biggest, most colorful, and most exciting annual parade and celebration in the region! Learn more about how you can enter the parade and win trophies and awards for Best In Show, Best Use of Theme, Best Rolling Group, Best Walking Group, and other categories.
We now offer sponsorships customized for individuals who just want to show their support for the community, promote their favorite organization or or small business, or raise awareness for a cause. Here's a list of the benefits we offer in our Personal Sponsorship Packages.
The interest and support by individuals, businesses, and socially responsible organizations make Mid-South Pride Festival and Parade possible. Learn about the benefits we offer in our Pride Sponsorship Packages for businesses and organizations of all sizes.
Some Pride goers make it an all day affair, so we offer VIP Pride Passes with extra perks and amenities to make the Pride experience even more fun and enjoyable for those that like that extra special treatment.
Planning and coordinating a large-scale event like Pride takes a team of talented and dedicated volunteers. We have volunteer opportunities for people at every skill level. Learn more about our teams and how to get involved.
In order to build a Festival and Parade with features and entertainment that appeals to the many diverse sub-cultures that make up our local LGBT community, the volunteers need your ideas and suggestions.
VIP Pride Pass holders enjoy extra perks and amenities to make the Pride experience even more fun and enjoyable for those that like that extra special treatment. Learn more about the benefits and how to reserve your passes.
SO PROUD OF THIS, PLEASE WATCH AND SUPPORT! Tracy Love started Friends Of George’s in 2010 and this butterfly has morphed into an amazing theater company that I’m so proud to...
Thanks to fellow board member Phillis Lewis. Pride attended the annual Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Memphis Ball XII. We had a great time. The night was filled with feathers and beads. The numbers get better every year. One of my favorites was the bears at the zoo and of course Phillis performing as Tina. I of course spent a lot of time schmoozing and talking to everyone. It was nice seeing everyone dressed in their finest. The Krewe works all year to raise money for a non profit in our community and this year they worked for Friends for Life. Make sure you come out next year!
Pride was celebrated back as early as 1976 with a picnic in Overton Park that was covered by Gaiety newspaper. The first of several marches was organized beginning in 1980 by the Memphis Gay Coalition.
The first Rainbow Flag was designed in 1978 by Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, who created the flag in response to a local activist’s call for the need of a community symbol. Baker designed a flag with eight stripes: pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. According to Baker, those colors represented, respectively: sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit...
Things to Know
2015 Festival Location
Robert Church Park
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