Northwest Arkansas Pride 2017 is taking shape! This year’s Pride festivities begin June 18 and run through June 25. Check out our planned events below and mark your calendars. We’ll be consistently updating our website over the next few months, so check back often!
The parade takes place on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00am with lineup starting at 9:00am.
The festival starts after the parade at 12:00pm at the Fayetteville Town Center. Vendors need to check in prior to parade lineup.
Pride Week 2017 – Parade Registration, Sponsorship, and Volunteering
Pride week is coming up and we need your help. Pride runs on the strength of our community and we need volunteers and sponsors.
Brief History of Northwest Arkansas Pride
In 2006, Northwest Arkansas saw its first official pride parade roll down Dickson Street. Prior to that parade, groups of local citizens organized various celebrations to unite the LGBTQ community and promote acceptance; these included small rallies, parades, picnics, and as early as 1975 – the Miss Gay Fayetteville pageant.
In 2007, NWA Pride, Inc. was formed by Ken Boyle, Joney Harper and Norman Hadley to formally operate what’s become an annual tradition. Growing from 200 participants and spectators to what is now a multi-day festival of events and Arkansas’ largest Pride celebration.
In 2015, NWA Pride, Inc. merged with the NWA Center for Equality to share resources and better serve the growing local LGBTQ community.
The NWA Center for Equality is a nonprofit grassroots organization. The success of our programs and events, including Northwest Arkansas Pride, depends on the generosity of businesses and individuals across Northwest Arkansas. We are thankful for last year’s sponsors: