Saturday’s 2019 RI Pridefest is a day-long event in Providence that celebrates pride and diversity in the state. Organizers expects 40,000 people during the day and 60,000 people for the Illuminated Night Parade. The Festival is free and open to all.
Rhode Island’s PrideFest has been rated one of the seven best Pride celebrations in the world by National Geographic. It’s also unique among US Pride parades, in that it’s one of the few parades in the country that take place at night. Check out some of the many highlights below.
PrideFest starts at Noon Saturday with musicians and more on the main stage on South Water Street along the Providence River. Performers include Jodi Jolt and The Volt, School of Rock North Providence and the Mary Day Band. At 3:30, check out Drag Block with Headliners Adore Delano and Alaska 5000 and featuring Monique Heart and Jasmine Masters with the famous drag king, Spikey Van Dykey.
Saturday afternoon’s family-friendly activities also feature the marketplace with more than 200 vendors. There will also be numerous social resource organizations, food trucks, Hasbro Kid’s Zone, and a wine, beer and spirits garden.
Illuminated Night Parade
At 8PM on Saturday, June 15th, the dazzling and dynamic Illuminated Night Parade steps off from Providence City Hall on Dorrance Street. This year’s parade is bigger than ever with roughly 104 participants. The main reviewing area is at the Providence Performing Arts Center under the marquee.
Rhode Island’s first Pride observance was held in 1976 with fewer than 100 participants. RI Pride’s mission is to create opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender community; promoting equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts; provide safe opportunities and venues for people to come out with the ability to express and celebrate their sexual identities.