The Houston Pride Parade is the closest thing Houston has to Mardi Gras revelry, as 150,000 spectators line the route on Westheimer, between Dunlavy and Crocker streets, for a nighttime parade that includes lighted floats, marching bands and more than 1,000 participants who throw lots of beads. This year's them is "Pride NOT Prejudice" in honor of Mayor Annise Parker's election. She's the first openly gay mayor in a major metropolitan city.
The day begins with the Pride Festival, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Commonwealth Street and Yoakum Boulevard. It includes live music, a food court, retail vendors, booths manned by GLBT organizations and a kids zone. Admission is free.
The parade kicks off at 8:00 p.m.
Houston Pride Parade Start
Houston, TX 77006
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