Our Mission & Goals
To commemorate our heritage and history, celebrate our community, and advance the equality of LGBTQ+ people
Commemorate the heritage and history of LGBTQ+ people in the United States, 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 Parade starts at 11am at the Park and Flea lot in downtown Salisbury. The parade route is displayed on the map above. From Park and Flea, head South on Poplar Hill, then turn Left on Market Street. Turn Left on North Division and cross over the rainbow crosswalk. The Parade ends near Market Street Inn in the Wicomico Public Library Lot.
Spectators are welcome to observe the parade from anywhere on the route.
A Festival follows the parade, starting at noon with a kickoff. The entertainment area, kids zone, and beer and wine garden will be located in Lot 1. This is the same location where New Years Eve is celebrated as well as where the Hensen Stage, Marketplace, and Food Vendors are found during the National Folk Festival. Street Parking will be available; however, we recommend using the Public Parking Garage.
Salisbury Pride is a free, large-scale, outdoor event that includes a parade, a fantastic array of on-stage entertainment, vendors, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a kids zone specifically designed for families with young children and so much more.
What to Expect.
Salisbury Pride is a proud partnership between
Salisbury PFLAG and the City of Salisbury.
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 collaborated in recent years in a number of efforts. Most notably, in 2018 the State of Maryland's first, and currently only, rainbow crosswalk was installed downtown. Additionally, in 2019 Salisbury PFLAG Executive Board Members worked with the City to coordinate Pride On The Plaza where Mayor Jake Day delivered his Proclamation, officially deeming June LGBTQ Pride month in Salisbury, followed by the raising of the Pride flag next to the Obelisk.
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
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.