PARADE & FESTIVAL
Welcome to Salisbury Pride and the wonderful City of Salisbury also known as the Comfortable Side of Coastal. We are excited to have you join us whether you are coming from nearby, returning home, or traveling from a distance and visiting for the first time. We have put this page together to help you best experience our colorful city.
Salisbury, Maryland is approximately 3 hours from Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2 ½ hours from Norfolk, Virginia; and 2 hours from Annapolis, Maryland.
Downtown Salisbury is bounded by Route 13 (North/South), Route 50 (East/West), and the Wicomico River.
From Points South/North: Take Route 13 to Salisbury. Continue on Route 13 Business, which will take you right to Downtown Salisbury.
From Points West/East: Take Route 50 East to Salisbury. Continue on Route 50 Business, which will take you right to Downtown Salisbury.
There is plenty of on street and off street parking available in Downtown Salisbury. On street parking is metered and short-term. If you need longer term parking, the City offers parking in municipal lots and the parking garage.
The City is transitioning to Electric Meters for Parking, but still has metered spaces throughout the Downtown as we make the transition.
For Electric Meters, you pay by your car’s Plate Number at the Electric Meter Station. You can pay by Coin or Card.
For Metered Street Spaces, it is 50 cents for 30 minutes with a 2 hour maximum from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.
City parking is free from 5 PM – 8 AM and on weekends and holidays. For more information on parking Downtown, the City has created a handy portal that will show you all the available places to park.
Where to Stay
Out of town guests may reserve a room at the LaQuinta Inn Salisbury, located at 300 South Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, Maryland. LaQuinta Inn is within walking distance of the Parade and Festival. Contact the hotel directly at (410) 994-2729 to book your stay. Mention the Pride Festival Block to get a discounted rate.
Where to Eat and What Else to Do
Salisbury is an eclectic city with a vibrant downtown. There are multiple venues for visitors to eat and shop within walking distance of the parade and festival. We invite you to visit the Downtown Salisbury Visitor Center website for an overview of the many options in the Downtown district. The Wicomico County Tourism website provides a listing of additional activities and sights to see in the region.
Businesses! Want to be listed on our website as a place welcoming and supportive of Pride attendees? Contact us.
A trip to Salisbury is not complete without a visit to our rainbow crosswalk. The City of Salisbury made history in 2018 by unveiling the first rainbow crosswalk in the State of Maryland. Installed by more than 60 Salisbury PFLAG volunteers with donated paint and materials, the crosswalk represents a celebration of diversity and inclusion acting as a beacon of hope for many residents. Volunteers came from all over the Eastern Shore and beyond to participate in this momentous event, traveling up to three hours away to participate.
Located between South Division and Market Street in front of the Wicomico Public Library, the crosswalk has been a prominent feature during the National Folk Festival and in 2020 the inaugural Salisbury Pride Parade will pass over this joyful landmark.
A year after it was first installed, the Crosswalk was repainted and remains strong and vibrant. Snacks, drinks, paint, and supplies were provided by Salisbury PFLAG for volunteers and no costs have ever been incurred by the City.
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