Rochester Pride Parade 2015 Winners

Rochester Pride Parade 2015 Winners

1. Muther’s Favorite: Best float to incorporate the parade Theme

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2. Stone Wall Award: Most imaginative depiction of parade theme

Rochester SAGE –

3. Rainbow Award: Best for-profit float portraying LGBTQ Pride

WNY Cast of Rocky Horror of HOOPLA

4. Community Award: Not-for-profit walking unit that best exhibits community pride

TAGE: Trans Alliance of Greater Rochester

5. Ruby Slipper Award: The most imaginative depiction of parade them by a walking unit

-United Church of Christ (UCC)

Grand Marshall is John White

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Rochester Pride is happy to announce the Grand Marshall is John White! Almost a decade ago John White and his business partner Harry Bronson opened Equal=Grounds Coffee House on South Avenue. Opened to the public and became what it is today. a safe and thriving shop for the entire community Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans & Straight! John strives at bettering our community by helping to unite us. Come out on July 17 to see him sashed at Flag Ceremony and then Marshall the Rochester Pride Parade on July18

FuturPointe Dance coming to Pride!


FuturPointe Dance will be on stage at Pride this year! FuturPointe Dance’s work is characterized by a sensory, multi-genre repertoire born of a sophisticated fusion of traditional and modern Caribbean dance forms, ballet, and Latin vocabulary.  The company’s repertoire incorporates elements of media, fashion, and provocative performance art to produce an unusual and emotionally transporting dance experience. Come out and feel the movement!


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Today we are pleased to announce LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO SUE COWELL

On July 17, at the 2015 Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at MLK Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, the Life time Achievement award will be presented to Sue Cowell. There are not enough words of gratitude to adequately thank Sue for raising her voice for those who could not speak, for shepherding a frightened community through the AIDS crisis, for stepping up to the plate to carry the torch of equality for all.

ALL are welcome to be a part of this ceremony to demonstrate in a small way the PRIDE this community has in the Shoulders of one of its own GIANTS!

Rochester Pride Picnic 2015



Rochester Pride Picnic on July 19 at Genesee Valley Park will be free for all to attend! The Picnic has always been about community getting together and enjoying a day with no pressure. There will be DJs playing in the Roundhouse lead by the amazing DJ Blake! Live band music on the city stage, family fun area, food vendors and more. So come out and join us for the final relaxing day of Rochester Pride 2015!

Rochester Pride Festival 2015



Rochester Pride Festival returns this year to MLK Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square! Samantha Vega & DeeDee Dubois will be your fabulous hosts! The amazing Mrs. Kasha Davis will be your drag headliner! Come see fantastic live acts such as Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Rochester Women’s Community Choir, Future Pointe Dance, Dianne Davidson, Cazwell, DJ Hector and more. Tickets are on sale online and our $10 in advance and $15 at gate. Happy Pride 2015!

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Flag Ceremony 2015

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On Friday, July 17 join us as we display the flag from the space frame in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square! The Ceremony will include arrival of our Rainbow Riders Cyclists, PPE color guard performance, reading of official proclamations, sashing of the Pride Parade Grand Marshall, and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Sue Cowell?

Beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday, cyclists will be bringing the Pride Colors through the Neighborhood of the Arts, and Park Ave., South Wedge, and Corn Hill neighborhoods. Come out and cheer them on as they bring the Pride colors into Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square for the Flag Ceremony opening.

Stay around after the ceremony and view the history pavilion and socialize while we have music playing in the park. All to be finished off by the viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9:15pm. Some come on out!

Cazwell to Perform at Rochester Pride Festival!



We are pleased to announce our headliner the sensational Cazwell!  Cazwell, a Massachusetts native; himself, a product of the internet age. He became a Youtube sensation after a million people in a single week viewed his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ music video. He has since earned hipster credibility with a steady flow of danceable hip hop tracks ? including ‘Rice & Beans’ and ‘I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King’ ? that impressively showcase his hypomanic take on pop culture. Cazwell has been described as “what would have happened if Eminem had grown up on Madonna’s front lawn.”

Pride Picnic

Pride is happy to announce  that the Pride Picnic on July 19 will be free for all to attend!  We are going back to our roots where it all started 41 years ago.  The Picnic has always been about community getting together and enjoying a day with no pressure.  By not charging an entrance fee we hope to renew the spirt of this event and help it grow even stronger in the future!  Hope to see you all there!Pride logo