Columbus, Ohio is one of the Midwest's most progressive cities when it comes to acceptance of gays and lesbians - it's a city with a lively, vibrant community and one of the most popular and successful Gay Pride festivals in the country, Columbus Pride. Columbus Pride takes place June 20 and 21, 2014. A nice aspect of this is that it no longer falls on the same weekend several major Gay Pride events around the country, including Chicago Gay Pride and New York City Gay Pride - this may partly explain why Columbus Pride has been so successful in recent years.
A look back at last year's Pride celebration:
During the weeks leading up to Pride, you can attend a number of related events and activities, including a Dance for Pride at the famed Wall Street nightclub, a Pride Bike Ride, a 5K Run/Walk For Pride, a Pride Art Show, and several other gatherings. Check out the Pride Columbus events page for more details on these and other events.
The Columbus Gay Pride Festival takes place on Friday, from 4 pm until 11 pm, and Saturday, from 11 am until 8 pm, in the neighborhood that has the greatest number of gay-owned businesses, the Short North, at leafy Goodale Park.
Entertainment at the festival this year include Aiden Leslie, De'Borah from The Voice, Diana King, Eric Himan & the Soultre' Singers, comedian Fortune Feimster, plus and many others, including bands, comedians, and musicians.
On Saturday, at noon, the Columbus Gay Pride Parade kicks off at Broad and High streets and proceeds north all the way up to the Short North neighborhood, then left onto Buttles, ending at the festival grounds at Goodale Park (at Buttles and Dennison).
The celebration winds down on Sunday, with a Pride Brunch at 11 am, held at the Columbus Athenaeum from 11 am until 1 pm.
Area gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Gay Pride. Check local gay papers, such as Outlook for details. And be sure to check out the excellent GLBT Website produced by the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau.