Welcome to the 2019 TriPride Parade in downtown Kingsport!
After an amazing inaugural Pride Parade in Johnson City last year, we are excited to expand our footprint in the Tri-Cities to Kingsport. Last year, we had over 700 people in the Parade, including 12 floats, 29 vehicles and 50 contingencies! Let’s make that number even bigger in 2019!
The parade route will be twice as long as last year to accommodate our growing celebration of Pride in the region. And this year, the TriPride Parade is going right down Main Street in Kingsport, really representing Main Street USA!
This will be the first city-wide public Pride Parade and event in Kingsport. For 2019, TriPride has selected the theme of “Look How Far We’ve Come” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC, which is recognized as the beginning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. If you are looking for a theme for your contingency, that would be a good one!
The proud celebration of our unique diversity through visibility in the community helps to break down barriers of prejudice and discrimination. You make a difference in your participation, either through marching in the Parade or cheering on your friends from the sidelines!
TriPride invites you to share in this experience and have a lot of fun doing it!
Do you own a business? Go to a supportive church? Are you in a community group? If so, grab a few friends and a banner or, better yet, build a float. Feel free to be as creative as possible while promoting your business, church, group, etc. Don’t forget to bring beads, candy, flyers, and water as the crowd always loves freebies! As a safety issue, you can pass out free items but don’t throw them into the crowd.
Parade contingencies can look a variety of ways. It can be as simple as a hand drawn sign with your group’s name or theme, i.e. Siblings of LGBT. Or march holding a banner with your group name. Decorate a car, convertible, bike or golf cart and drive in the Parade. Or go full on with a float, from the simple back of a pick-up truck to an elaborate double decker creation with dancers and music!
This is your opportunity to be creative with your self-expression and celebrate our diversity. There will be map of the parade route posted on our website for your supporters to be able to follow you. If you want to participate in the Parade please register no later than August 31, 2019.
This is a daytime event which will have vendors, live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and alcohol. Please make sure the people in your contingency group conduct themselves accordingly.
Underwear or swimwear alone on the lower half of the body for this event is inadequate. Please wear shorts, skirts or similar attire as a minimum requirement.
The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday September 7, 2019. Staging for the parade will take place starting at 9:00 a.m. on East Main Street from East Sullivan Street to Island Street.
All floats and motorized units must report in by 10:00 a.m. All contingencies will line up on Main Street. Walking units must report in by 10:30 a.m. Please make sure to car pool as there is limited space for parking and staging. We are working on securing parking for parade participants.
The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on East Main Street at the intersection of Island Street, in front of Kingsport Cycles. It will go down East Main Street and end at Clay Street. Floats and motorized contingencies will turn right and continue down Clay Street, past the festival area, to the parking lots for the Sullivan County General Sessions Court and City Hall. You can leave your floats and vehicles there for the day and walk one block back to the festival area.
The Festival ends at 6:30 pm. All floats and vehicles should be moved out of the area by 7:30pm, Saturday night.
NOTE: Animals, unless they are service animals, are not permitted within the security perimeter.