With a sizable gay and lesbian population and a scenic setting at the base of the soaring Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque has become one of the more gay-popular destinations in the Southwest over the years. The "Duke City" draws hundreds of participants to its Albuquerque Gay Pride celebration. ABQ Gay Pride is been held at different times in recent years, and the next event will take place May 31, 2014, about a month before Santa Fe Gay Pride.
Also note that Taos Gay Pride is held in mid-August (the event takes place in Kit Carson Park), and the dates this year are August 14 to 16, 2014.
More on ABQ Pride will be provided as information becomes available - here's a look back at last year's Pride celebration:
The Albuquerque Pride takes place primarily on Saturday, but there are a few related events taking place in the days leading up, including a Candlelight Vigil held Thursday night at Morningside Park from 7 pm until 8:30. PrideFest takes place at its traditional location, the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds, which is located at Central Avenue NE and San Pedro Drive NE, just a little east of the trendy Nob Hill shopping and entertainment district. Hours are 11 am until 7 pm.
Pridefest includes booths representing gay-friendly area businesses and organizations, an Art Show, a pet parade, film festival, poetry slam, kids park, and plenty of live entertainment. Headliners at Pride this year include Kat Deluna and Joey Diamond. There's also a dance tent. There are also nightly parties during Pride weekend at Albuquerque's popular gay dance club, Effex, featuring Cazwell on Thursday night, Chad Michaels and Shannel on Friday night, and various DJs on Saturday night. And then there's a Sunday Pride Pool Party at Albuquerque's Hardrock Hotel.
The Albuquerque Gay Pride Parade takes place on Saturday at 10:30 am, running along Central Avenue (Historic Route 66 in Nob Hill) from Girard Boulevard to the NM Expo Grounds.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, gay-friendly hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week (including nightly parties at Effex). Check local resources, such as my Albuquerque Gay Guide, as well as with the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau's site on GLBT travel, for more ideas about planning a visit here. And visit the the helpful NM Gay Pride Guide, GoGayNewMexico.com, for more on gay-friendly businesses throughout the region.