How to Celebrate Pride in San Antonio


San Antonio, Texas, may not be the first spot you'd think of for celebrating Pride, but the Alamo City has plenty of events and locations to get festive. Whether you're a local or a visitor, here are a few ways to show your pride in San Antonio this summer.

San Antonio Pride Festival
San Antonio's main Pride event takes place on Saturday, July 2. The Pride festival runs in Crockett Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The family-friendly festival will feature live entertainment, vendors, booths from local organizations, food and more. At 8 p.m., there will be the Rainbow Dash, a one-mile fun run and walk. At 8:45, the Krystal Kelly High Heel race will be held for those brave enough to participate.

San Antonio Pride Parade
The evens continue with a Pride parade at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, following the festival. It starts in front of the Silver Dollar bar at the intersection of North Main and Dewey Place. Grab a good spot on the sidelines and watch colorful floats pass by while dressed in your festive rainbow garb! Many local and national LGBT organizations participate in the parade.

Hit up San Antonio's gay bars
San Antonio has several popular gay bars on North Main Avenue that are especially fun to visit during Pride, but have a strong presence in town year-round. There's Heat, with multiple areas to hang out, dance and drink, and a large outdoor patio. They also regularly host drag shows and other events. There's also Pegasus, a large gay bar with several different themed sections throughout, and often featuring lively events and shows. Silver Dollar Saloon, a gay-themed country bar, is also located on the North Main Strip. A few other establishments in the area are very LGBT-friendly, such as Knockout (a sports bar), Essence and Sparky's Pub.

Then venture into downtown to Bonham Exchange, a historic gay bar with drag shows, theme nights and multiple dance floors. If you're more in the mood for country music than electronic beats, head to SA Country Saloon for a little two-stepping. For a diverse crowd and an LGBT-friendly vibe, check out Brass Monkey on the North St. Mary's strip.

Emily Starbuck Crone is a native Texan and freelance writer based in San Antonio.