3rd annual Chapel Hill Pride Promenade set for Saturday, June 1st

May 16, 2024

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Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture’s third annual Chapel Hill Pride Promenade will kick off this year’s Small Town Pride celebrations on Saturday, June 1 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. As in past years, the community will march down Franklin Street from Peace & Justice Plaza to 140 West Plaza, where the celebration will continue with music, art, and more.

The event includes:

  • A Pride Promenade led by the Triangle Pride Band and activated by drag queens Byanka Bangsum and Marisa Kenning. Attendees can pick up streamers, flags, bracelets, and more from the event welcome tent to use throughout the Promenade.
  • A street market at 140 West Plaza featuring local LGBTQIA+ and ally businesses and organizations. Interactive arts activities will include a community chalk mural facilitated by local artist Mayanthi Jayawardena (Serendib Creative) and a crafting table with Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation using materials from The Scrap Exchange. Chapel Hill Public Library’s Circulator will showcase books for all ages that reflect and celebrate LGBTQIA+ lives and stories.
  • Dance music from DJ Savant at Peace & Justice Plaza to energize the crowd from 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. prior to the march. DJ Gemynii will continue the party at 140 West Plaza from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to activate the street market.
  • A temporary public art piece at 140 West Plaza by artist Adam Cooley. Titled “Think Outside the Box,” the art will be an eight-foot cube with interactive components like moveable parts, internal periscopes, and doors that open to reveal positive messages.
  • An artistic bus wrap designed by local artist Iris Gottlieb as part of the Art + Transit project in collaboration with Chapel Hill Transit.

Community Arts & Culture works closely with the Town of Chapel Hill LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group to plan the Promenade each year. “It’s important to us that we expand and build off previous years and let our LGBTQIA+ community know they have a steadfast partner in the Town of Chapel Hill,” says Matthew DeBellis, Assistant Clerk and LGBTQIA Liaison to the Town Manager. “It’s especially important in 2024 as hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ folks continue to increase, and state laws are enacted across the county that negatively affect our community. The Pride Promenade will help bring people together and provide a platform to uplift and support Chapel Hill’s LGBTQIA+ community.”

Attendees are encouraged to wear festive colors and bring cash to support vendors at the street market. The community will gather at Peace & Justice Plaza on Henderson Street starting at 12 p.m. Remarks from council member Karen Stegman and additional guest speakers will take place at 12:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Police will manage a rolling street closure beginning at 12:30 p.m. as the crowd progresses down Franklin Street to 140 West Plaza.

The Town expects a large crowd for this event. Biking, walking, and riding Chapel Hill Transit are encouraged. Information about downtown parking options is available at parkonthehill.com.

The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have more events planned throughout June, including the Pride Piper Walk and Dance Party on June 28. Learn more about other Small Town Pride events at chapelhillarts.org/smalltownpride.

For more about Community Arts & Culture, visit chapelhillarts.org and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter/X. Community Arts & Culture is a division of the Town of Chapel Hill with a mission to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill.