Phoenix Pride Takes over the city April 6 and 7

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In the world of flamboyant pink feathers and tiny speedos, the Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival 2019 had a healthy turnout of companies and organizations, varying from APS to PetSmart. Together with one goal in mind—to show their pride for the LGBTQ community of Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas—the brands and organizations partied together April 6 and 7 at Steele Indian School Park.

Along with several other metropolitan communities within Maricopa County, the City of Glendale made an appearance for the first time ever at the Pride Parade held on the 7th. The parade lasted over two hours with participants throwing candy and glitter in the air in celebration. As the day grew hotter and sweatier, the parade thickened with groups such as Gay Straight Alliance chapters from local high schools, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and even Fortune 500 companies like Target and Wells Fargo.

Target, a known supporter of LGBTQ rights, launched a clothing section dedicated to Gay Pride June 2018. The company had a large float and a flock of supporters following in its wake, dancing and celebrating the parade. The regular white Target logo now was colored like a rainbow in support of the community.

After the parade on Sunday, onlookers fled to a sea of tents and dancefloors that made up the Pride Festival. The festival consisted of outreach programs for members of the LGBTQ community, with small businesses galore. Unlike the parade, the festival took place on the 6th and 7th.

There was a tent offering free nipple pasties so long as attendees opted to swap their tops for the tiny chest adornments. The small jewelry business Mystic Visions offered discounts on the bouts of rings showcased for festival goers.

In each section of the park there were dancefloors drag performers and other entertainment performed on, delighting the crowds. The list featured names like Madyx, Nina West, Jojo and more.

The crowd went wild at the dancefloor in the northwest section of the park as smoke effects were blown into the faces of electrified festival goers.

The festival lasted for two days, with the parade happening on Sunday. Anyone unable to attend should not worry because Pride events happen in Arizona year-round. The Upcoming Pride Celebration in Flagstaff will take place in June. Entertainers including Zigtetha, Roman Buffalo and many more will be in attendance.