From Picnics to Parades: 5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month

June is National LGBT Pride Month and what better way to celebrate this colorful occasion than with a month full of family-friendly festivals, picnics, parties and parades. We’ve searched the city and rounded up some of the best ways to get your pride on. So read on, mark your calendars, and get ready to have some good ol’ family fun.

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Seattle Pride Picnic
Take the fam to Volunteer Park for this annual celebration of community and pride. There will be plenty of games and activities for the kiddos along with live entertainment from local bands and the Seattle Storm dance troop, boxcar derby races, a fab barbecue lunch, and much more. All proceeds from this event will benefit Food LifeLine. Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. $1/person. All ages. Event details.

Run & Walk with Pride
Lace up your tennies, grab the jogging stroller, and run or walk with pride at this annual event open to all ages. Presented by Seattle Frontrunners, this family race will include a 10k run, 4k run and 4k walk as well as lots of fun, music, and schwag from local sponsors at the finish line. Chip timing will be provided and awards will be given for the top finishers. Plus, all finishers will be eligible for fab raffle prizes. If you’re planning on participating in the 4k run and walk, be sure to come in costume or drag, bring along your rainbow flags, or even dance your way to the finish line all in the name of PRIDE. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the local non-profit LGBT organizations—Seattle Area Support Groups and Social OutReach Seattle. Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:00 am. Seattle. $15 to $35. All ages. Event details.

PrideFest Family Day
Take the fam to Cal Anderson Park for this first-ever PrideFest Family Day! There will be plenty of hands-on activities as well as a rockin’ kindie concert with Recess Monkey, magic shows, bouncy houses, story times, free ice cream, and much more! Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Seattle Pride Parade
Seattle Pride hosts this annual parade (now in its 39th year!) through the streets of downtown Seattle. Grab a curbside seat along 4th Avenue and Union streets or near the media viewing area at Westlake Park and take in this family-friendly parade. Expect to see a variety of floats, colorful costumes, marching bands, and drill teams celebrating this year’s theme—Equality: Passed, Present & Future. Awards will be given for first, second and third place entries. Sunday, June 30 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Seattle PrideFest 2013
After the Seattle Pride Parade, take the fam to the Seattle Center for the largest free pride festival in the country. Enjoy live entertainment on four stages, fab food, vendor booths, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, and tons of family fun. Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating National LGBT Pride Month? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Seattle PrideFest and Examiner.com