4 December, 2022, 01:27

Tucson Pride 2022: Parade, festival, food trucks & Sunday brunch

Three-day celebration makes its return

After a virtual-only event in 2020 and a postponement in 2021, Tucson Pride 2022 is returning to downtown Tucson with three days of festivities. Tucson Pride has hosted the annual event, Pride in the Desert, for 45 years and it’s actually the oldest and longest-running pride festival in the state.

Photo by Rosemary Ketchum

Photo by Rosemary Ketchum

“What began as a picnic in the park in 1977, is now a weekend of celebration that brings together thousands of Pride goers from across the community,” Tucson Pride stated. “In 2019, the festival drew more than 5,000 attendees as well as nearly 150 vendors and exhibitors.”

Tucson Pride, which is officially named the Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance, has big plans for this year’s three-day extravaganza.

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

Pride Parade

First, there’s a Pride Parade from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30. The parade begins on Stone Avenue near 15th and Simpson Street and then concludes at Armory Park. You can take a look at the map online.

Chances are you’ll even see a handful of the Tucson Foodie crew out and about.

Tucson Pride Festival

Next, on Saturday, October 1, the Tucson Pride Festival kicks off at noon and ends at 10 p.m. This is taking place at the Georges DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park. Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and $5 for those between the ages of 13-17 years old.

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

There’s going to be a few local food trucks parked near the Outdoor Performance Center, and then live performances on stage by Crystal Waters, Carly Pearl, Velo, and more.

You’ll want to get those tickets beforehand at eventbrite.com.

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

Photo courtesy of Tucson Pride on Facebook

Tucson Pride Drag Brunch

Last but not least, HighWire is hosting an official Tucson Pride Drag Brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. The downtown restaurant and bar found at 14 S. Arizona Ave. will have a prime rib and ham carving station, custom omelets, eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, pastries, a dessert bar, iced tea, hot coffee, and soft drinks.

Aside from the food, you’ll be entertained with electrifying performances by Allonna Dee, Trouble, and Onika Grande, which will be closing out the Pride festivities here in Tucson.

The brunch is $40 plus fees and all proceeds from purchased tickets will be donated to Tucson Pride, giving them even more opportunities for next year’s event. All ages are welcome, everyone must have a ticket, and anyone under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time at eventbrite.com.

For more information on the three-day Tucson Pride Festival, visit tucsonpride.org


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