Pride Festival

2023 marks the 11th anniversary of the Upper Cumberland Pride organization! Join us on Saturday, June 3rd, for a day of festivities!

All UPPER CUMBERLAND PRIDE WEEKEND events are for ALL ages. Bring your family and invite your friends!

Please note that ALL ATTENDEES at Upper Cumberland Pride events must abide by our Code of Conduct.

Pride Festival: Saturday Afternoon

Our FREE entry Event is happening on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 from 11am-5pm in Dogwood Park. The theme this year is We Are Here! Our opening ceremony will include a reflection on the history of Pride and the history of Upper Cumberland Pride.

We have food trucks, a kids tent with karaoke, a balloon artist, a face painter, and crafts. We also have booths featuring vendors from our sponsors, partners, community resources, and craft makers. New this year is a beer tent! Plus a few other things in the works.

Why have a Pride Festival?

Held annually, typically in June, the Upper Cumberland Pride Festival celebrates the diversity found in our beautiful region of Tennessee. Gay Pride month is celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation, the “day” soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, concerts, and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events that attract millions of participants worldwide. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The commemorative month’s purpose is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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