Pride Guide

Houston, TX Gay Pride – June 25 - 26

By: Brodie
6.24.2010

Forget what you think you know about queers and Texas. Houston has one of the largest and most visible gay communities in the country, a fact that evidenced by the crowd of over 150,000 who show up to take in the annual gay Pride parade. This will be the 32nd anniversary of Houston's Gay Pride celebration, which is themed Pride, NOT Prejudice and features Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor elected in Houston, as Honorary Community Grand Marshal. Also, Bravo’s Senior VP of programming and development/host of  Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen is the first ever National Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 2010 Pride Houston parade. Aside from the Parade and Festival events, there’s plenty of hot guys, dark bars, delicious comfort food and of course, it wouldn’t be Texas without some cowboys and line dancing. Giddy up, Pride 2010!

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FRIDAY

Rock the Runway & After Party
8:00 PM
Guava Lamp
570 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-3359
Guava Lamp is pulling out all stops for a swanky and suave opening weekend event. Jagermeister proudly presents Rock the Runway, and promises to re-invent Guava Lamp as the place to see and be seen in Houston. Houston’s 104 KRBE Morning Show host Special K will provide the sounds, while multi award-winning host Toddicus keeps the evening moving. Plus: Jagermeister brings a fully stocked Jagermeister bar, gift bags for attendees, Jagermeister models, and a few other surprises. General Admission: Free! VIP & Private Tables: Call Guava Lamp, 713-524-3359
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SATURDAY

Pride Festival
1:00 – 8:00 PM
Commonwealth Street and Yoakum Boulevard, just south of Westheimer Road (Montrose)
Check out the main Pride Stage featuring performances by a range of prominent artists. There are also pop and other music performances on other stages, a food court, a Community Zone of some 200 local retail vendors and GLBT organizations, and a safe and secure Kids' Zone with fun activities. Admission to the festival is free. Pride Houston takes very seriously its commitment to maintaining an event that is open to people of all economic backgrounds. Join us for a day of music, food and fun… all for FREE. No tickets are needed, and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Pride Parade
8:00 – 11:00 PM
Westheimer Road, at Dunlavy Street, and continues east along Westheimer for about a mile to Crocker Street
More than 150,000 spectators and 1,000 participants take part in the Houston Pride Parade. This parade is unusual in that it takes place at night, following the Pride Festival. In 2000, Lee Brown began the city’s first Mayor to ride in the Houston Gay Pride Parade. Years later, Bill White would make news headlines when he became the first Mayor of Houston to walk the entire parade route through Montrose. In 2010, it should come as no surprise to learn that the first openly gay mayor elected in Houston, Annise Parker, has been named  Honorary Community Grand Marshal of the 2010 Gay Pride Parade and Festival. 

BARS

It doesn't matter whether you're looking to go out with friends for happy hour, cruise the scene, or show off your new leather — you're sure to find a place to play. If you don’t feel like a sweaty, thumping scene, there’s plenty of low-key cool dives, too.3845589977_65777cb7db

Montrose Mining Company
805 Pacific St. (Grant)
Houston, TX 77006
Montrose
(713) 529-7488
One of Montrose's oldest leather/levi bars, the scene at the "Mine" is burly and cruise-y. Friday and Saturday nights are busy, as the crowds pack in to see the dancers.

Bartini
1318 Westheimer (at Waugh Drive),
Houston, TX 77006 
(713) 526.2271
One of the newest bars in the neighborhood, Bartini has a huge dance floor that welcomes the best DJs from around the country. Dance or make new friends with the laid back locals.  

JR's
808 Pacific St. (Grant)
Houston, TX 77006
Montrose
(713) 521-2519
Houston's most popular gay bar filled with young, trendy urbanites. Always the place to see and be seen.

Mary's Lounge
1022 Westheimer (at Yoakum Street),
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-96693846404064_00dde3689e
Mary's Lounge is said to be the oldest gay bar in Houston and known for its historic setting (on the Pride Parade route!). The main bar can be crowded, but the patio in the back offers a roomy, fenced-in space that's more comfortable.  

Meteor
2306 Genesee (at Tuam Street.),
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 521-0123
Comfy couches invite you in but the streaming videos featured on multiple screens in the bar keep you entertained. Drinks run on the expensive end, but it’s worth it to flirt with their pretty professional-type patrons.

South Beach
810 Pacific Street (at Grant Street),
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 521-9123
The largest dance floor in the city makes this the go-to party spot on a weekend night. Anyone in Houston will tell you that South Beach is the place to party on the weekends. It get’s super crowded so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

RESTAURANTS
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From quaint cafes to famous critical hot spots, Houston's award-winning culinary scene continues to bloom (especially in gay ‘hood Montrose!). Cheap or pricey, good food and Texas are synonymous. 

17 Restaurant
1117 Prairie Street
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 200-8888
Critically hailed inventive New American cuisine characterizes this chic downtown eatery in the Alden-Houston Hotel.

Baby Barnaby's
602 Fairview St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-4229
Only breakfast?! A morning meal lover’s dream come true—simple and delicious. 

Beaver's
2310 Decatur
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-2328
Opened by the famous local restaurant chef Monica Pope, Beaver’s is a fancier foodie version of an icehouse or BBQ joint.

Chapultepec Mexican3845603989_28dc392c7d
513 Richmond Avenue,
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 522-2365
A no frills Tex-Mex lover's heaven. Expect to receive a complementary bowl of veggie soup with your entrée at this late-night hot spot. Great food; even better Margaritas.

House of Pies Restaurant and Bakery
311 Kirby Drive,
Houston, TX 77098;
(713) 582-3816
Open 24 hours a day, House of Pies is a diner and bakery offering some of the desserts in Houston. Sugar free pastries and classic fruit favorites – all baked fresh daily – make this the best spot to see who’s still up and around after last call.

HOTEL

Best Western Downtown Inn & Suites
915 West Dallas, 3845583993_22920df894
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 571-7733

Bogart's On the Boulevard: Bed & Breakfast / Salon & Spa
1536 Heights Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 864-2500 

Club Quarters Inn Houston
720 Fannin Street,
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 659-1431

La Colombe d'or Hotel
3410 Montrose Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7999

Lovett Inn
501 Lovett Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-6433
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TIPS

At the Pride Parade Festival:

  • Admission is FREE, courtesy of our generous sponsors

  • Easy access parking available throughout nearby neighborhood streets. Please avoid parking in private lots, such as the Hollywood Video and Radio Shack parking lots as your vehicle may be towed.

  • ATMs available onsite

  • Bicycle racks available at entrance located at Westheimer and Commonwealth.

  • Music schedules will be available at participating bars, the Pride Office, or at information booths throughout the festival

  • Festival food and beverage exhibitors accept cash only.

  • Lost Children and the Festival Lost and Found is located along Mt Vernon, next to Copy.com.

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