Jackson PrideFest - Fifty Years of Fierce


Welcome to Jackson's Pride Week

There's so much we're proud of as a community, that we've decided to share events throughout the week, with our finale on Saturday, August 24th with our 3rd Annual Pride Parade and Festival.  This year we celebrated 50 yrs since the Stonewall Riots, so "50 Years of Fierce" fits perfectly.

Jackson Pride Week - Schedule of Events


Interfaith Dialogue Ice Cream Social

(First Presbyterian Church - 743 W Michigan Ave)

An opportunity for LBGTQ individuals to talk with religious leaders and congregations interested in providing more inclusive support to the Pride Community.  Ice cream and assorted beverages will be served.  Interested in attending?  Let us know!


Pride Open House Activities

 (Jackson Pride Center - 536 N. Jackson St. )

Jackson celebrates with a community Pride celebration with a community-wide open house  atmosphere, so it would seem only natural for the Jackson Pride Center to open its doors and welcome in the masses. 


Art Mart & Poetry Slam

(K Gallery  -  612 Page Ave)

LGBTQ/Ally artists and craftspeople can sell their works.  LGBTQ youth and adults alike, can share original poetry or read contemporary and historical pieces written by the Pride community.


Film Festival

 (Michigan Theater  - 124 N Mechanic St)

LBGTQ film festival showcases a double feature night with  a Veteran-themed documentary entitled, "Breaking the Silence:  An Oral History of LGBTQ Veterans and Service Members," and the featured classic film, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything!  Julie Newmar"


Mr & Ms Jackson Pageant

(Bella Notte Restaurant  - 137 W Michigan Ave)

There'll be a fierce Drag Pageant featuring Miss Hershae Chocolate (pronounced: Chocolatte) as a Pageant Judge and Featured Performer.  Got what it takes to compete for the crown?  

The Grand Finale - Saturday, August 24

The 3rd Annual Pride Parade


Parade kicks off at 11am 

 (Mechanic St/Cortland St/MLK Jr. Dr./Michigan Ave) 

Come find a seat along the parade route and watch the colorful LGBTQ Pride Parade.  This year's theme is "50 Years of Fierce."   This year's special Grand Marshal is Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel.   We'll have groups from close and afar, businesses as Allies, services, and organizations.  From motorcycles to glitter, it's what makes a Pride Parade the best.  

Parade Route Details & Info for marching



The Festival opens at 12p til 9:30p

(Entrance located near 171 W. Michigan Ave.)

Click HERE for Festival details

Downtown Jackson Between Hayes Court & the Blake Building (W/E) Between Michigan Ave & Pearl St (S/N)

The Jackson Pride Festival is an event-filled street fair.  There will be live entertainment, children's area, and a brand new youth festival within a festival! Local food trucks & vendors. Breakout artist @SuperKnova is our headliner! Musical acts spanning genres from rock to hip-hop. A youth drag show. And Delicious Jackson as our Mistress of Ceremonies.

Interested in joining the team?



There's something to be said about the many volunteers that help create such a fun event.  From the setup to tear down, there's a need for help.  If you'd like to volunteer a shift, we make certain you get in for free. Click above for details.



This wouldn't be possible without help from our generous community partners.  We'd love to hear from you.  Click the photo above for info on the levels of sponsorship that not only supports the festival, but a year's worth of programs.



 A festival offers varieties of goods, services, and food.  Interested in being a vendor for this year's festival?  Click the photo above to be directed to our vendor section for information, and downloadable forms to fill out and send back to us.



We're featuring an Art Fair and Poetry Slam the week of the Pride Festival, and we'd love to showcase our local talent.  Not from the area, but still interested?  No worries, we'll show you some love too! Click above for details.



No Pride Festival is complete with a pageant.  This year's Mr. & Ms. Jackson Pageant will be fierce!  Click the photo above for info on competing in this year's pageant.  Let it be known, there is some tough competition.  Are you ready?



Wanna fly you flag high, or march or ride a top a float celebrating your club or company's celebration of this year's Pride Parade?  Click the photo above to be directed to the Parade page.  We love glitter...LOTS of glitter!

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News Video Coverage

Check out this great video news coverage of our 2nd annual Jackson Pride Festival.  Courtesy of WILX News 10