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OKC Pride Week is bigger, better and louder than ever

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This year’s theme, “Together, Equal, Proud,” rings true as organizers prepare for the largest OKC Pride festival in 28 years, said Michael Clark, OKC Pride president.

“Pride isn’t just about a big party, and it isn’t just about gay marriage,” he said. “The LGBTQ community has a voice, and it’s louder and harder for our lawmakers to ignore when so many [people] — gay, straight, trans and businesses large and small — speak in unison … That’s what OKC Pride is really about.”

With that in mind, Clark also admitted that this year’s parties — including a mass wedding — are big ones.

Organizers expect more than 75,000 OKC Pride Week revelers at events that run through Sunday along the strip on Northwest 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The city confirmed that this year’s pride parade is the largest parade held within city limits. It tops off Pride Week activities and runs 6-9 p.m. Sunday along the strip.

OKC Pride is a nonprofit organization established to help provide education, leadership, awareness, health and other services for the city’s LGBTQ community.

Clark said Pride Week festivities happen with the help of everyone, including local outreach groups, artists, individuals, grassroots donors and major corporations.

“This is the best year we’ve ever had,” he said.

Below is a roundup of Pride Week festivities. Learn more at okcpride.org.

OKC Pride Week events

OKC Pride Week runs through Sunday along the 39th Street strip at 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

OKC Pride Annual Mental Health, Education and Prevention Symposium

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 17

Rosser Conservation Education Center

The Oklahoma City Zoo

2000 Remington Place

okcpride.org

761-7402

$30-$55 per session

Wednesday Night Fever

7-11:30 p.m. Wednesday

Alibi’s

1200 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

PTOWN Titties for Pride

8-9 p.m. Thursday

Partners 4 Club

2805 NW 36th St.

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OKC Pride Week Block Party

with Erika Jayne, En Vogue and Village People

6-10 p.m. Friday

OKC Pride Main Stage

Northwest 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Free

The event includes beer, food, live music and more.

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Third Annual Equality Run

8 a.m.-noon Saturday

Wiley Post Park

2021 S. Robinson Ave.

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Love is Love Marriage Ceremony

2-3 p.m. Saturday

OKC Pride Main Stage

The Boom

2218 NW 39th St.

okcpride.org/love-is-love

$40 per couple

This mass wedding is open to everyone, whether it’s a ceremonial recognition of your relationship, a legally binding event with your marriage certificate, a renewal of vows or to support the LGBTQ community, Clark said. Registration includes the ceremony, a photo of the couple, a T-shirt, a raffle entry and a reception following the ceremony. A marriage license is $50 at the Oklahoma County Courthouse, and you will need to bring it with you. Pastor Neill Spurgin Coffman will officiate. Sonja Martinez will sing and Ivy Tran Kinney Monroe will play violin.

OKC Pride Arts Festival

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Northwest 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

The event includes local and regional artists, beer, food trucks, live music, vendor booths, activist organizations, free HIV screenings, church and community groups, local and national businesses and more. Music acts include Presley Tweed & The Press-Ons, Lower 40, (We Are) Nexus and DJ Dragn’fly.

OKC Pride Parade

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Northwest 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Approximately 40,000 people are expected to attend this year’s parade, up from last year’s estimated attendance of 30,000, Clark said. Also, parade entries might exceed 100, up from 80 last year. Floats span the spectrum of LGBT supporters, including politicians, clubs, charities, bars, performers, pageant organizations, arts groups, local and national businesses and activist groups on floats, in walking groups and in vehicles.

(Cover by Paul Mays / Oklahoma Gazette)

(Cover by Paul Mays / Oklahoma Gazette)

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