The 10th annual Out! Raleigh Pride festival, one of the largest pride events in the Triangle, will take place this weekend.
The event is a fundraiser for the LGBT Center of Raleigh and its community programs.
The News & Observer spoke with Kori Hennessey, the director of education and programs with the LGBT Center of Raleigh, to answer FAQs ahead of the anticipated event.
When and where is Out! Raleigh Pride?
Out! Raleigh Pride will take place Saturday, June 25 on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh. The event begins at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 6 p.m.
This is a rain or shine event, though logistics will be assessed if weather appears to be unsafe, the event website says.
For more information about this event and its offerings, visit outraleigh.com.
Is there an admission fee for Out! Raleigh Pride?
There is no admission fee, the event website says. It is free to attend.
Who will speak, perform at Out! Raleigh Pride?
▪ Aretina R. Hamilton, the newly appointed director of equity and inclusion for the City of Raleigh, will be the opening ceremony speaker.
▪ HeyTonyTV will be the event’s special guest emcee.
▪ Musical acts will include Blackhaus, SunQueen Kelcey, Galloway, Babe Haven, the Triangle Pride Band, the Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus and DJ Gay Agenda.
▪ Queer Comedy Hour headliners will be Jermaine Callando and Annie Lowe.
For more information about each of these speakers and performers, visit outraleigh.com/entertainment-schedule.
Is Out! Raleigh Pride a family event?
Hennessey: “Yes, the festival is a family-friendly event. Other events that are listed on the Raleigh Pride NC website may not be family friendly.”
Will Out! Raleigh Pride have a parade?
There is no parade, Hennessey said.
What should you bring with you to Out! Raleigh Pride?
Hennessey: “Sunscreen, water and maybe even a folding chair that you don’t mind carrying around in case you want to sit by one of the stages.”
What should you wear to Out! Raleigh Pride?
Hennessey: “It’ll probably be hot, so whatever is most comfortable for you. Just wear sunscreen!”
What should LGBTQ+ allies know about attending Out! Raleigh Pride and other pride events?
Hennessey: “This is a space for the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate who they are. Allies should be respectful of that and everyone around them.”
Are there safety measures in place for Out! Raleigh Pride?
Hennessey: “Yes, we are taking many measures to keep the event as safe as possible, including trainings and conversations with city officials.”