How to Celebrate Baltimore Pride This Week – CBS Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Monday marks the start of Baltimore Pride and the city is ready to celebrate and recognize its SGL (same-gender-loving)/LGBTQ+ community with panels, parties, a film festival, workshops and of course a parade.

This year’s celebration is themed “Together Again” as the event is being held in person for the first time since 2019. Pride takes place June 20-26 at venues across the city

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The city estimates that the celebrations will bring 50,000 people from the area to Baltimore.

Pride begins Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Baltimore Pride Center at 2418 Saint Paul St., with remarks from Mayor Brandon Scott and performances by Black Assets and Kenneth Something.

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New events this year include Youth Pride, Elder Pride, Family Pride, a poetry slam, a film festival and a drag brunch cruise in partnership with City Cruises.

The Pride events lined up for this week are:

Tuesday

  • Pride Film Festival: An evening of queer short films with free entry.
    • At the historic theater on SNF Parkway, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m
  • Square dance with pride: A night of square dancing with Chesapeake Squares, a GLBT dance club
    • 419 Cedarcroft Rd, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m
  • Pride Game Night: A night of music, video games, card games, board games and fun facts at the MAP Technologies Gaming Lounge. Tickets cost $15
    • 322 West Baltimore Street, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m

Wednesday

  • Family Pride Arts and Crafts Workshops: Free craft classes for kids, teens and adults at the Pride Center of Maryland. With separate sessions for each age group, the event runs from 12pm to 8pm
  • Baltimore Pride Slam: 10 poets compete for a chance to win prizes worth $1,500 and the title of Baltimore Pride Slam Champion.
    • Busboys and Poets (3224 St. Paul St.) 7pm-9pm
  • Baltimore Living Archives: Pride Elder Edition: A conversation with Andre Powell and Louis Hughes Jr., two elders the city says have made many contributions to Baltimore’s ongoing LGBTQ history.
    • The SNSF Parkway, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m
  • Orioles LGBTQ+ Pride Night: The Orioles take on the Nationals at Camden Yards from 7:05 p.m. The Pride Night Ticket Pack includes a wearable Pride Flag

Thursday

  • New Leaders Panel: The New Leaders, New Ideals, The New Way panel brings together new leaders from the local LGBTQ/SGL community to give them a spotlight and platform
    • Impact Hub (10 E North Ave) 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
  • Grassroots Panel: The Back to Grass Roots panel consists of local LGBT community leaders who will discuss the importance of grassroots work
    • Impact Hub (10 E North Ave) 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m
  • Pride Open Mic: An open mic for comedians, singers, rappers, poets and more to show off their skills! With RADI, Ephraim Nehemiah and Don.
    • Motor House (120 W. North Ave.) 7-9 p.m
  • Youth Pride Party: This party for middle and high school students features drag performances from Jesus Vice, tunes from DJ Amy Reid, and freebies including a Nintendo Switch.
    • North Avenue Market, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • Moonlight Screening: Enjoy Barry Jenkins’ “Masterpiece of Queer Cinema” on the big screen
    • SNF Parkway Theater, 7 p.m. Tickets $13

Friday

  • Father/Son Pride Ball: Watch and attend the official Baltimore Pride Ball with a $1,000 prize for the winner.
    • Gatsby’s (1815 N. Charles St.) 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m
  • Ecstatic dance in the park: Get your groove on Pride style at Druid Hill Park!
    • Zen Garden at Druid Hill Park, 6pm to 8pm
  • Twilight on the terrace: This dinner at Gertrude’s marks the start of Pride weekend in style.
    • Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 7pm-11pm Tickets $135-$150
  • Bike Party in Baltimore: It’s the Pride ride! Expect to join hundreds of cyclists on a rainbow ride through the city
    • Group leaves St. Mary’s Park (600 N. Paca St.) at 7pm, group arrives at Union Collective for afterparty
  • Union Collective After Party: After the bike party, head to the Union Collective at 1400 W 41st St. for a dance party with DJ Deezy, the Baltimore Eagle’s resident DJ.

Saturday

  • PARADE: Dozens of groups march to celebrate unity and resilience.
    • Karlstrasse from 1 to 3 p.m
  • block party: It’s the 47th Baltimore Pride Block Party, which the city claims is Maryland’s largest LGBTQ event! The event features over 100 vendors, food and headliners Trina, Keke Wyatt, DDM andDaph Fleming
    • Karlstrasse 3 p.m. to 9 p.m
  • The High Heel Race: Can you walk in high heels? This block-length race will put high-heel skills to the test.
  • Official after party
    • The Eagle, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m

Sunday

  • Pride in the Park: Baltimore Pride takes over Druid Hill Park with over 100 vendors, drag performers and performances by Mya, Averie Wilson
    and George Lovett.
    • Druid Hill Park, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Elder Pride: The city celebrates the community’s LGBTQ elders with an event that includes an all-ages “timeline” and an “Out Proud” photo booth
    • Druid Hill Park, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
  • Queen Cruise: A drag brunch cruise in partnership with City Cruises.
    • Inner Harbor Baltimore, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: $100

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See the festivals for the full list of Pride events and more details website.

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