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A Guide To Austin Pride Week 2016

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Updated: 9 February 2017
In 1971 Austin held its first pride event lasting only a weekend, from June 26-27. It was the first recorded pride event in all of Austin. It’s safe to say Austin PRIDE Week has grown exponentially. 2016 was the  26th annual week-long celebration, kicking off August 20th and lasting until August 27th. Here’s an overview of the event.

This year PRIDE Week commences with some of the ultimate fashions, showcased at the WERK Fashion Show. Taking place in Moody Theater, you’ll see local Austin designers as well as designers from the famous reality TV show Project Runway.

The events following include Big Gay Pride Brunch, a Sunday buffet at The Rattle Inn with $2.00 mimosas, or head to OUT At The Movie and catch a screening of The Devil Wears Prada at Zach Theatre.

Cupcake & Sabel Scities @ #BigGayBrunch

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Thursday the theme is “Together in Love” for the Pride Interfaith Celebration. Speakers include Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, Rev. Carmarion Anderson, and Dr. Adama Brown. Also featured is the ATX Pride Choir. The event takes place in Austin’s Unity Church of the Hills.

Austin PRIDE Banners are up downtown on Congress Ave. and 4th/Bettie Naylor Street! #15DaysToAustinPrideWeek

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Enjoy an official PRIDE Week women’s party at Girl PRIDE ATX, taking place Thursday at Highland Lounge. Special appearances include comedian Sandra Valls, Rose Garcia from Real L Word, and DJ Athenz from Houston’s Hot 95.7 FM.

The week-long event ends with the infamous Festival & Parade. The celebration takes place at Fiesta Gardens in Town Lake Metropolitan Park. Listed entertainment includes Big Freedia, Simone Riviera, Lady Grackle and more. You can also enjoy games, drinks, food, a designated family zone, and over 100 local booths featuring non-profit organizations.

Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement, performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas. She has performed in every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, Bonnaroo, and others. Freedia has released one EP (via Scion A/V Presents), a full album (Just Be Free), a video game (Big Freedia Booty Battle Video Game), was featured on RuPaul's single "Peanut Butter," and stars in her own reality series for Fuse TV. Freedia joins the Austin Pride Festival line-up at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday, August 27, with guests Bob the Drag Queen, Dai Burger, Book of Love, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, TT the Artist, Alaska, and many more!

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Austin PRIDE sets goals not only to connect the LGBTQ community but also to give back. Austin PRIDE Cares, created in 2011, has donated over $100,000 to many non-profit organizations and causes throughout Austin. This diverse event is run largely at the hands of devoted volunteers; to sign up for a volunteer position visit