2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. This historic event launched the continuing fight for LGBTQ rights and dignity and inspired pride marches and celebrations across the country. This year at NWA Pride we are educating about our past, honoring our present, and celebrating our future (pride.nwaequality.org).
The 15th annual Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade and Festival, the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in Arkansas, will be held in Fayetteville on Saturday, June 15, in conjunction with the 2019 Northwest Arkansas Pride Week, which features daily events June 14-16. The parade begins at noon, with lineup starting at 8:00 a.m. It will travel down Dickson Street and end at Arkansas Avenue. The festival, which begins at 1 p.m., on School Avenue, east of the Walton Arts Center, will feature a beer garden, food and craft vendors, and the NWA Bear Bash & Contest (experiencefayetteville.com/nwa-pride).