Austin 2020 Pride Celebrations Confirmed (For Now)
Festival and parade will proceed in August
By Beth Sullivan,
4:08PM, Thu. Apr. 16, 2020
The Austin Pride Foundation has confirmed this summer’s Pride celebrations, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, will proceed – for now, at least.
In a tweet Austin Pride posted earlier this afternoon, the organization wrote, “With the information we currently have available, we are still committed to putting on a safe and joyous Austin Pride 2020 Celebration.” On Austin Pride’s website, this year’s festival and parade are now listed as “currently confirmed.” As in previous years, the festival will be held at Fiesta Gardens, followed by the parade running along Congress to Fourth Street. According to the organization’s website, Austin Pride expects the celebration will draw some 400,000 attendees. A statement from Austin Pride on its website reads:
“Covid-19 is not the first pandemic our community has faced. While Austin Pride has no way to predict how things will unfold in this rapidly changing situation, we do know WE ARE FAMILY. Many in our community are already feeling the immediate effects of loss of work and income and a more stable social network. We encourage you to help where you can; check on your friends, drop by a dinner or gift card if you are able. Call, text, FaceTime. Show how much love our Family, our Community is made of. Stay safe, much love.”
The announcement comes amid a wave of Pride celebrations across the country canceling due to COVID-19 concerns, including San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston, among others. LGBTQ Nation reports over 300 Pride parades and festivals have been canceled worldwide.
Earlier this week, city officials extended Austin’s shelter-in-place orders, dubbed “Stay Home, Work Safe,” through May 8, which requires residents stay home except for essential businesses and activities.
The latest news and updates to Austin Pride may be found at www.austinpride.org/covid-19.