With Pride rapidly approaching, I thought this would be a great time to give you all the latest and greatest on the Parade. There’s a lot of new stuff happening this year and we want to make sure everyone is up to speed and ready to take to the streets on June 9!
First of all, if you haven’t seen it yet, we have a brand, spanking new route. Instead of passing through downtown, we will be marching around the west end of the Delaney Park Strip (click here for a pdf of the map below).
We will kick off from K Street and 9th Avenue and head west towards P Street. If it was me watching the parade, I would camp out on 9th Avenue somewhere between K Street and N Street to check out the action right as it is kicking off. The parade kicks off at 11am and should take about an hour to process around the park strip before converging on the Rose Block to kick off the festival at noon.
Also new this year, for anyone who feels inspired to jump in on the day of the parade, it will be necessary for you to fill out a release form which you can find here on our website. If you are thinking you might be wanting to jump in, go ahead and print a form off and bring it along with you. Otherwise, our parade marshals will all have release forms on them the day of the parade, so just track down one of the people in the safety vests and let them know you want to hop in. And they will be happy to help you out!
If you will just be hanging out and watching all the spectacular contingents, then check out our Top Ten Parade Safety Tips for audience members. And check out the parade tab on our website to read all about our fantastic Grand Marshall – Trevor Storrs! His service to our community over the past 15 years as well as his involvement with the One Anchorage campaign made him an easy pick this year to be our grand marshal.
Overall, we are very excited about this year’s parade and we look forward to seeing you in the streets! Who is your favorite marching contingent from past Prides? Are you working on a float or hosting a float building party? Let us know!