TriPride was formed in October 2017, but has been brewing for quite a while longer. The consensus was that the time was right for the Tri-Cities, Tennessee to host their own Pride event. Leveraging the LGBTQ social network, a few folks got together and came up with a plan of action.
Basing our organization heavily off of Knoxville Pride’s example, we developed our charter and applied for our non-profit status. TriPride’s leadership is a diverse group of folks from the Tri-Cities that share a common vision — a great Pride event in the Tri-Cities. Click here to learn more about TriPride’s board.
We are partnering with local businesses and chambers of commerce to build a lasting organization so the Tri-Cities can have a great Pride every year! If you would like to become involved as either a sponsor or in some other capacity, please click here.
TriPrideTN, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity formed in 2017 whose purpose is to organize and present a free community Pride parade and festival. The parade and festival event is the primary tool the organization uses to further its mission: building a stronger and more inclusive community across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In September 2018, TriPride held the Pride parade and festival — the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities — hosted in Founders Park, Johnson City, Tennessee. Over 10,000 people gathered for the festivities. The parade featured the largest contingency in Johnson City’s history. In 2019, TriPride was held in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. An estimated 10,000 came to the event throughout the day. Over 1,100 people marched in the parade representing 72 contingencies and 110 festival exhibitors were present. Organizers and volunteers are currently planning for Bristol 2020!