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Pride Northwest, Inc. is a 501c3, community-based regional LGBT Pride organization, based in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is "to encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of these communities."
Officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, its board, staff and volunteers organize the official Portland LGBTQ Pride Waterfront Festival & Parade each year. and other programs and events such as National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ Youth Holiday celebration, and programs which support incarcerated LGBTQ youth in Oregon.
Portland LGBT Pride Festival & Parade
Portland's Waterfront Pride Festival and Parade is produced every June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Portland's Pride Weekend is normally scheduled the third weekend following Memorial Day, or the weekend after the conclusion of the Portland Rose Festival. The Portland Pride Festival is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and provides visibility for almost 200 LGBTQ and allied community organizations, businesses and other exhibitors, as well as musical, comedy and other performances throughout the weekend.
Pride Northwest's Portland Pride Parade is held on Sunday morning during Pride weekend and features a yearly theme. Over 150 organizations and businesses follow the parade route, beginning at the [Portland North Park Blocks] at Burnside St. and ending at the Waterfront. Tens of thousands of spectators line the parade route during its almost three-hour span. Pride Northwest also sponsors the Portland Dyke March, the Trans Pride March, during Pride weekend. Pride Northwest also sponsors festival and parade participation by Apano (API Pride), Black Pride, Latinx Pride, Trans Unity, and the Portland Two-Spirit Society.