Greater Palm Springs Pride 2021 heralds the return of the colorful Palm Springs Pride Parade with the theme You Are Included. Known for its crystal blue skies and year-round sunshine, the city of Palm Springs and Palm Canyon Drive will come alive during the annual Pride celebration on Sunday, November 7. Spectators will gather along palm tree-lined streets to cheer and support local organizations, activists, marching groups, and themed floats.
The Parade is set to step off at 10:00 a.m., on Sunday, November 7, in the Uptown Design District on N. Palm Canyon Drive at E. Tachevah Drive and travel south to downtown ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado Rd. Enjoy emcee commentary as parade contingents move along Palm Canyon Dr. and pass by official reviewing stands. The Parade usually lasts two hours and is a free event.
President of Greater Palm Springs Pride Ron deHarte said, “Our Pride Week calls on the community to gather and embrace our diversity, our resilience, and raise awareness of the collective power of the LGBTQ community. Parade participants help raise awareness of important issues, including immigration reform, racial justice, access to health care, violence against transgender members of our community, and mental health awareness. The Pride parade is an opportunity to gather in celebration and use the platform that Pride provides to peacefully resist hate, discrimination, intolerance, racism, and bigotry added deHarte.”
A special parade contingent will highlight the 71 countries that outlaw same-sex relations between consenting adults as a way of demonstrating how far the fight for LGBTQ rights has come and how much work there is still to do for full equality. Seventy-one flags in the Parade will represent a country where it’s illegal to be LGBTQ. These include large parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with a high intolerance of homosexuality. Being gay in Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Yemen, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran is one of the most significant “crimes,” and “offenders” face death. In countries where homosexuality is banned but not punished by death, “offenders” face being flogged or imprisoned. They are also stripped of their human and political rights and treated as third-class citizens.
A surprise parade entry includes the Executive Board of the San Francisco Dykes on Bikes®️ Women’s Motorcycle Contingent, who will roll into Palm Springs for the organization’s first time in its 45-year history. The throttling engines, loud pipes, and cheering passengers will greet spectators and welcome all motorcyclists who ride in solidarity with the iconic, rebellious, independent women. The queer motorcyclists will be welcomed with thunderous rallying cries, making for a sight to see.
Unique entries in the Parade include LGBTQ supportive businesses, organizations like Brothers of the Desert, PFLAG, Free Mom Hugs, DAP Health, Palm Springs city councilmembers, employees, and the Human Rights Commission. The Desert Winds Freedom Band will return for their 21st year. This year will be the fifteenth appearance of the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band and Visual Corps and the tenth appearance for Desert Hot Springs High School “Golden Eagle Regiment” Marching Band.
The Palm Springs Pride parade is known for the significant number of youth marching groups participating from the region’s Gay-Straight Alliance organizations. Up to 500 students representing 56 GSAs are expected to march and represent their school. The Pride Parade and Festival is made possible by several dozen sponsors, including significant support from the City of Palm Springs, PS Resorts, Effen Vodka, Bud Light Seltzer, the Lighthouse Dispensary Palm Springs & Coachella, KGAY 106.5, and Gay Desert Guide.
COMMUNITY GRAND MARSHAL
Streetbar is recognized for positively impacting the region through many years of support to community organizations and fundraising efforts, large and small. On the 30th Anniversary of Streetbar, the first Gay Bar on Arenas Rd in Palm Springs is celebrated as the 2021 Community Grand Marshal.
PARADE STAGE AND REVIEWING LOCATIONS
The Parade Stage is hosted by nationally syndicated radio show personality Alexander Rodriguez, Southern California Diva and comedienne extraordinaire, Miss Rusty Waters and Jack Dyer, Mr. Toolshed Leather 2020, and former Porn Bear Daddy.
- Parade Stage is located at Granvia Valmonte and N. Palm Canyon Dr.
- Broadcast Reviewing Stand is located near Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge at 849 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Host and Emcee Nicholas Snow.
- The Deaf Pride reviewing stand is North of Amado at N. Palm Canyon Dr. and features Sign Language Interpretation. Seating is available for the Deaf community on a first-come-first-served basis.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES
Recent reporting indicates the impact of the pandemic continues to be manageable, allowing for the safely reopening of events with appropriate safety measures. After being canceled entirely in 2020 due to emerging COVID-19 concerns, health and safety practices for 2021 will be aligned with current CDC guidelines, as well as local and state government protocols.
ABOUT GREATER PALM SPRINGS PRIDE
Greater Palm Springs Pride (www.pspride.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community enhancement organization founded to promote the public education and awareness of individual rights and civil liberties of the LGBTQ community and to promote its history, diversity, and future prosperity. Palm Springs Pride has been a tireless advocate for equality and diversity since the first Coachella Valley Pride event in 1986. The organization brings together diverse communities through programs that include the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pride Honors Awards, OUT PSP, OUTstanding Voices Palm Springs, the Pride Parade, Pride Festival, Cesar Chavez Breakfast, and the Community Leadership Council. Palm Springs Pride Week is scheduled for November 1-7, 2021. For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit www.pspride.org. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/palmsprings.pride