Houston Pride Reigns
Houston Pride: LGBT parade is among top 10 most popular in the nation
The real estate website Redfin used web search trend data to determine which cities had the most interest in Pride parades. Houston ranks No. 9 and is the only city in Texas on the list. San Francisco in No. 1, followed by Chicago, Seattle, New York, Minneapolis, San Diego, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston and Portland, Oregon.
The parade was particularly festive last year as it came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. The parade, which moved to downtown from its longtime Montrose route, drew an estimated 700,000 celebrants.
This year, the mood is more subdued as the parade comes on the heels of the Orlando massacre, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured at the Pulse gay nightclub. Yet large crowds are expected for the parade and afternoon festival as determined Houstonians from the LGBT community and their friends and allies plan to show they won't be cowed by such threats, although news accounts of a threat against the parade has caused some anxiety.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo plan a news conference on Friday, June 24, to encourage Houstonians to stand with Orlando by showing up for the LGBT Pride parade this weekend. They will detail precautions that will be taken to ensure safety.
Turner also plans to announce creation of a new LGBT advisory committee and a new digital media campaign called "Houston Stands With Orlando" will be unveiled.
The 38th annual Pride Parade, with the theme "Houston Proud," will kick off at 8:30 pm Saturday at Smith and Lamar, travel up Smith to Walker street, turn at Milam and end at Jefferson. See a map of the parade route here.
The Pride Festival, which is free, takes place from noon to 7 pm around City Hall at McKinney and Smith. Entertainment includes Pearl from RuPaul's Drag Race, Texas electronic act Ishi, DH duo Wrestlers, local emcee Lyric Michelle, Selena tribute act Amanda Solis and the Pride Superstar winner.
For a full list of activities, visit the Pride website.