AUSTIN - A little too much rain has been forecast for this parade.
According to a report from our news partners at the Austin American-Statesman, an email was sent out to Pride volunteers Friday morning by the organization's vice president Micah Andress saying the annual Austin Pride parade and festival has been rescheduled due to inclement weather from Hurricane Harvey.
According to the email, tentative dates for the remaining parade and festival were set. The parade date has been tentatively set for September 16 and the festival on October 21.
Austin Pride Week has already begun with countless Austin venues, dives and haunts hosting events to celebrate LGBTQ pride. Still, a bulk of this year’s celebrations -- including the annual pride parade and festival -- were scheduled to take place this weekend.
On Thursday, before Harvey was classified as a hurricane, Austin Pride remained optimistic.
“If we should get clouds and a little rain on Saturday our PRIDE will still SHINE through,” wrote the organization in a public Facebook post. “We are monitoring the weather, rain or shine we WILL HAVE PRIDE!”
Here’s a rundown of the official events sponsored by Austin Pride that were slated to take place this week:
WERK Fashion Show
Touted as Austin’s “premier fashion event of the year,” the Fifth Annual WERK Fashion Show showcased full runway collections from some of the most famous names in fashion and also featured live music performances, a silent auction, and special celebrity guest appearances. This year’s show served as a fundraiser to benefit the upcoming Austin LGBTQ Community Center.
The show was hosted Thursday night by popular drag queens Bianca Del Rio and Coco Peru, and featured appearances from former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Raja, Raven and Shangela, as well as a number of other designers and entertainers.
Austin PRIDE Festival
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Austin PRIDE Festival was scheduled to take place at Fiesta Gardens. Dubbed the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas, the festival was supposed to feature dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs, more than 140 vendors, and dozens of entertainers.
Musical acts Lisa Lisa, Betty Who and Cupcakke were scheduled to perform, in addition to a mixture of national and global drag queens including Yara Sofia, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Jessica Wild, Nadine Hughes, Kelly Kline, Lady Grackle and Louisiana Purchase.
Austin PRIDE Parade
Finally, the Austin PRIDE Parade was scheduled to hit the streets of Downtown Austin on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The parade was slated to kick off from the Capitol, proceed down Congress Avenue, march through the Warehouse District on Fourth Street and end near Republic Square Park. This year’s parade will feature two emcee stages: one on Congress Avenue at the Paramount Theatre, the other on the rooftop of Rain on 4th.
This story will update as more information becomes available.
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