Pride Guide

Cincinnati Pride - June 30, 2012

By: Scott Ragan

Cincinnati Pride is expecting an estimated 50,000 folks to attend the 2012 event and traditionally shares its Gay Pride weekend with neighboring Northern Kentucky Pride, which takes place this year on Sunday, July 1.

Fountain Square has been a focal point of the city's Gay Pride gathering since 1973, and events continued in downtown through most of the 90's. The festival was also held for a number of years in the Northside suburb of Cincinnati until 2009. Three years ago, the Greater Cincinnati Gay Chamber of Commerce took over the event and moved Cincinnati Pride back to Fountain Square, and for 2012 has anchored the entertainment stages and vendors at the lovely riverfront area of Sawyer Point.

Check out the 2012 schedule below!



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Cincinnati Pride Festival 2012

Noon - 9:00 PM

Downtown Cincinnati riverfront at Sawyer Point, between Pete Rose Way and Dan Beard Bridge.

Cincinnati Pride 2012 Parade

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Staging/starting area at 7th St & Culvert St, with participants traveling west on 7th St, south on Vine St, east on 5th at Fountain Square, south at Walnut St, east  at Freedom Way, south on Joe Nuxhall Way (Main St) at Great American Ball Park, and then east on Mehring Way.

Festival admission is free with donations accepted at the event.

The closest parking lots are at Sawyer Point, on Eggleston and Third Streets. There are multiple garages and lots throughout the rest of the downtown area, and special shuttle service will run from Noon - 9:00 PM between Sawyer Point, Fountain Square, and the parade staging area.

Two new stages for 2012, the main Kroger Stage and the CityBeat Stage, with singer/songwriters Tom Goss and Jeremiah Clark, comedian Kevin Thorton and Grammy nominee Frenchie Davis (The Voice & American Idol finalist).

Visit Cincinnati or click the flyers below to see more of the entertainment roster – and if you're a drinker, you don't want to miss the 2012 Skyy Vodka Pub Crawl on June 29. Details below!

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