ALL OF THE DEETS!
From maps of the event and places to stay to our Covid-19 response, this page has everything that you need to know in order to prepare for the big day!
The parade will start at 2 pm. Spectators can pick their viewing spot along the parade route. We recommend bringing sunscreen and many attendees will elect to bring camp chairs. Beverages will be for sale, but people may want to bring bottled water if they are arriving early to claim a particularly favored or well-shaded spot.
For parade participants, loading starts on Camden St. and South Division St. The parade route is displayed on the map shown. The parade will start on Camden St. and turn right on East Market St. It will then proceed up Market St. and turn right onto East Main St. At the intersection of Saint Peters St. and East Main St., while the rest of the floats and vehicles turn up St. Peters Street. The Grand Marshal will proceed to lead the crowd down East Main St. up the Plaza to Division St. The Grand Marshal along with local drag queens will encourage the crowd to march with them up to the stage downtown.
A festival follows the parade, starting at 2:30 PM.
Salisbury Pride is a proud partnership between Salisbury PFLAG and the City of Salisbury.
It is our mission to commemorate our heritage and history, celebrate our community, and advance the equality of LGBTQ+ people. Our goals include:
Commemorate the heritage and history of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S., including those living right here on the Eastern Shore
Celebrate the City of Salisbury's commitment to increasing visibility of LGBTQ+ people
Represent the wide diversity of people in our LGBTQ+ community
Work towards our full equality and liberation
Build and strengthen alliances with our allies
The City of Salisbury is the capital of the Eastern Shore and represents the comfortable side of coastal. Commonly referred to as the 'Bury', Salisbury, is proud to be the fastest growing city in Maryland, the first World Kindness City in the United States, as well as the home of the Salisbury Zoo and the host city for the National Folk Festival. Salisbury has made a tremendous commitment in recent years to embrace inclusion of all residents. In 2016, the Salisbury Human Rights Advisory Committee was formed which seeks to both recognize and celebrate the growing diversity of the Salisbury community. The HRAC believes that all community members have the right to be treated with respect, impartiality, and dignity, with equal consideration for race, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or disability.
Salisbury PFLAG was founded in 2015. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its vision by providing support for families, allies, and people who are LGBTQ+; offering education about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ+; and engaging in advocacy in the community to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ+. Salisbury PFLAG is a chapter of PFLAG National, the largest LGBTQ+ ally organization in the nation. Salisbury PFLAG has proudly initiated a number of efforts. Most notably, in 2018 the State of Maryland's first rainbow crosswalk was installed downtown. In 2019, Salisbury PFLAG Executive Board Members worked with the City the first Proclamation, officially deeming June LGBTQ+ Pride month in Salisbury, followed by the raising of the Pride flag. In 2021, a month-long calendar of events was held and most notably Salisbury unveiled the first trans and progress pride crosswalks in the State.
SALISBURY PRIDE COVID-19 RESPONSE
Salisbury Pride takes the health and well-being of our community seriously. We have been in consistent close communications with the City of Salisbury regarding Covid-19 and the impact of the virus on area people and businesses. As such, and with thoughtful consideration to our various constituents, we have made the decision to move the date of Salisbury Pride from June 7th, 2020 to the new date of June 25th, 2022. This new date increases our capacity to deliver an outstanding event and provides the best opportunity to have the most positive impact on the economy of Salisbury and the Lower Shore while not overly taxing existing community partners and resources.
Why Pride Parade Parades & Festivals?
For many years LGBTQ+ people were marginalized with their history, accomplishments, and contributions ignored. PRIDE is an opportunity to celebrate how far we have progressed as a society as well as acknowledge where more progress needs to be made in order to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and respect.
June is national PRIDE month, a month set aside to remember, celebrate, and empower LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to the flourishing of humanity. All across this great country, each June, LGBTQ+ people and their allies gather for festivals, parades, parties, demonstrations, and marches that boldly proclaim their PRIDE and commitment to equality and inclusion for all.
October is LGBTQ+ History Month October is LGBT History Month. The LGBTQ+ community is one of the only communities that is not taught its history at home or in schools. LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the statement about the value and contributions of LGBTQ+ people, who have existed throughout human history.
Inclusion and respect for diversity only add to the fabric of this great country. Inclusion is essential because we should value the contribution that everyone can make in our community and recognize that only as an inclusive community can we conquer society’s grand challenges.
Salisbury Pride is a joyful celebration of kindness, love, diversity, and inclusion and we welcome you to help make our historic event a success