Countdown to NWA Pride

Celebrate “Equality for All” with events in Benton and Washington counties June 25th – 28th. To meet the needs of the growing local LGBTQ and ally community, NWA Pride, Inc. recently merged with the NWA Center for Equality, the area’s leading grassroots support and advocacy nonprofit supporting the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
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Meet Our Grand Marshal

Our 2015 Parade Grand Marshal is Cheryl Maples. Maples, along with Jack Wagoner, represented plaintiffs in the historic case that struck down Arkansas’ Amendment 83. Their passionate plea in 2014 on behalf of couples who wanted to marry, or adopt, or have their out-of-state marriages recognized in Arkansas opened the door for LGBTQ couples to marry.
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NWA Pride Parade Registration

Register here to be part of the 2015 NWA Pride Parade!

NWA Pride Festival Vendor Registration

Register here for booth space at the 2015 NWA Pride Festival.


Pre-Pride Happy Hour

June 18, 2015, 5:30 pm
Tavola Trattoria, Bentonville

C’mon, get HAPPY!! Grab someone or come on your own for an evening of networking and hanging out at Tavola in Bentonville.

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Out at the Ballpark

June 25, 2015, 7:05 pm
Arvest Ballpark, Springdale

Join us for an exciting evening of baseball at Arvest Ballpark as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals take on the Tulsa Drillers! Get your tickets at the link below!

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Pride Crawl & C4 After Party

June 26, 2015, 6:00 pm
Jose’s Restaurant, Fayetteville

We’re taking Dickson Street by storm! Enjoy drink specials at an array of downtown Fayetteville establishments. Stick around for the after party at C4 Nightclub & Lounge.

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NWA Pride Parade

June 27, 2015, 10:00 am
Dickson Street, Fayetteville

The Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade has added color and splash to downtown Fayetteville for the past 9 years. With an annual average of over 800 participants and spectators, you won't want to miss Arkansas' largest pride celebration.

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NWA Pride Festival

June 27, 2015, 11:00 am
Wilson Park, Fayetteville

Continue the celebration with the pride rally and festival, featuring Mayor's annual proclamation and live music by Voxana. Enjoy lunch and visit with local LGBTQ-supporting businesses and organizations.

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National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2015, 11:00 am
Wilson Park, Fayetteville

It's National HIV Testing Day, and Wade and the NWA HOPE program team will be testing at the festival and want to make sure you've taken the test and control of your HIV status!

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5th Annual White Party

June 27, 2015, 8:00 pm
C4 Nightclub & Lounge, Fayetteville

Pride weekend explodes into Saturday night with Arkansas' largest LGBTQA party in Fayetteville's atomically awesome new nightclub, C4 Nightclub & Lounge!

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Out & About Brunch: Bentonville

June 28, 2015, 11:00 am
Table Mesa, Bentonville

It's the last hurrah of pride weekend, and we couldn't be more thrilled to wind down at the Tables. Join us for brunch in either Bentonville at Table Mesa, or Fayetteville at Table On The Hill.

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Out & About Brunch: Fayetteville

June 28, 2015, 11:00 am
Table on the Hill, Fayetteville

It's the last hurrah of pride weekend, and we couldn't be more thrilled to wind down at the Tables. Join us for brunch in either Bentonville at Table Mesa, or Fayetteville at Table On The Hill.

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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.

2015 Corporate Sponsors

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. Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring NWA Pride. We are thankful for the following corporate sponsors:


Eventures Party Rentals & Event Planning

C4 Nightclub and Lounge

Clark Partners Realty Group

Backyard Burgers

Sam’s Club


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