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Jacksonville Gay Pride 2013 - River City Pride 2013

Celebrating Jacksonville Pride

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Formerly known as First Coast Pride, this celebration has been renamed and rescheduled to take place in the fall - it's now called River City Pride Festival and the dates are October 12 through 20, 2013.

There are two key events to this major celebration for the GLBT community in Jacksonville: the Gay Pride Parade and Block Party (held on October 12) takes place in the historic Riverside neighborhood.

The second major component of this celebration is the Riverfront Gay Pride Festival, held Sunday, October 20, at the Riverside Arts Market, at 715 Riverside Avenue. The festival features vendors and community organizations and also entertainment from a number of notables. Following these performances, which take place from noon until 5, there's a Block Party at the Market in the evening.

Also note that a 45-minute drive south of Jacksonville, the historic city of St. Augustine hosts Ancient City Gay Pride, typically held in early May. Also, the city holds Jacksonville Black Pride in mid-August.

Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops in Jacksonville have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers and websites, such as MyGayJacksonville.com for details. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Jacksonville CVB.

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