TriPride is a community-building effort, registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We hope to help the Tri-Cities become recognized
as a more welcoming and inclusive place to live. Although our primary focus is the LGBTQ community and their allies, one thing that remains important to us is to keep the parade and festival open and welcoming for all people, for all abilities, backgrounds and ages, along with their families, and their friends. We wish to showcase many features that make the Tri-Cities an attractive place to live. This includes: musicians, artists, breweries, food trucks, and craft-persons. Everyone participating at the event is enthusiastic to show inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the community.
The parade will run from 12pm – 1pm on September 15th. It will begin on the corner of Roan & Commerce Streets in the Renasant Bank Parking lot. It will end at the Founders Park Amphitheater. We are inviting individuals, groups, non-profits, religious organizations, businesses, and corporations to sign up and take part in the parade. A signup sheet is available on our website. We are also working to ensure that the parade and festival are accessible to individuals with physical disabilities and to families with strollers. The parade will feature live music, singing, choreography, and entertainment.
The festival will run immediately following the parade from 1 pm – 6 pm. To showcase our region’s rich musical talent, we have chosen local artists for our lineup. Thanks to two generous private donors, our event will feature a fully-funded live arts competition. This will be an additional way for us to showcase regional talent. Three judges will present financial prizes along with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
To build a truly regional event, we’ve reached out to businesses from across the Tri-Cities and beyond to partner with us to provide a wide variety of beverages. We are also working to ensure that the festivities can be enjoyed by persons of all abilities. All our bathrooms will be handicap-accessible. Hard flooring will be placed near the stage to ensure that individuals in wheelchairs and families with strollers can enjoy the music. A sign language interpreter will be on the stage. A decompression tent will be available for individuals with sensory challenges and for nursing mothers.
The TriPride Parade & Festival will be an opportunity for the community to show support for inclusion in the Tri Cities. There are many ways to get involved: sign up as a volunteer, participate in the parade, reserve a booth, become a sponsor, be listed in our brochure, or just come to the event and make some new friends. Visit tripridetn.org or our Facebook page for more information on events throughout the week, such as a Pride Hike, AIDS Memorial Quilt, Women’s Night, Newbies Events, and a Willow Tree Youth Event.
JV Squad / Big Son
New Beginnings Drag Performers
BREWERIES & BEVERAGE
Johnson City Brewing Company
Gypsy Circus Cidery
Yee-Haw Brewing Company
Bristol Station Brewery & Pub
Me & K’s Food Truck
Mona Lisa Gelato
Live Body Painting by Ren Allen
On Exhibit: AIDS memorial quilt
Reece Museum at ETSU
Sun, Sept 9
Night of Storytelling
Thurs, Sept 13
Local Merchants and Craft-Persons