This year promises to be the biggest and best Parade Knoxv PrideFest has ever seen! Grand marshal TBA and Knox Pride invites you to be a part of the celebration! 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 the beads, candy, flyers, and water as the crowd always loves freebies! There will be trophies for the top 3 floats. Just use our 2017 PrideFest Theme “Strength Through Love” in your float design/decoration and you might just be one of our winners!
It’s FREE and simple to register. You will also find a map of the parade route on that same page so you can get your friends to come cheer you on. However, if you plan to participate in the 2017 PrideFest Parade you need to register no later than Wednesday, June 14th.
Staging for the parade will take place on Saturday June 17th starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Jackson Avenue andPatton Street surface lot (under James White Parkway). All floats and motorized units must report in by 10:30 a.m. Floats will line up on Jackson Ave, walking units must report in by 10:30 a.m. Please make sure to car pool, there is limited space for parking and staging. The parade will start promptly at 11 a.m., going down Jackson Ave, Turning Left on Gay Street, turning left on Church Street continuing to Howard Baker JR Blvd., Turn Right on Honor Our Troops Drive for disembarking. Knox Pride will begin immediately following and run from 12 pm-8 pm at Mary Costa Plaza and Performance Lawn (Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum Lawn).
Jordan Sexton will be coordinating the line up at the Jackson Avenue Parking lot, please see him or one of the volunteers with any questions you may have.
Please Remember: you can pass items out, but cannot throw anything during the parade. This is a family event; make sure your group conducts itself that way.