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Pride Festival and Parade

The Winston-Salem Pride Festival and Parade takes place Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District.  The street festival features live entertainment on two stages, a food truck rodeo and parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Fourth Street.  To see the route of the parade, click here.  

Pride Kickoff Party at the Historic Brookstown Inn
Friday, Oct. 14; 7 p.m.
Kick off the Pride weekend in style and enjot food, cocktails, and love music by Jazzin. Meet Mr. and Miss Pride Winston-Salem, before their big debut Saturday and participate in a silent auction/raffle with items from local restaurants, the Carolina Panthers, and Winston-Salem Dash.
There will also be a VIP Meet And Greet with festival headliners Jessica Sutta and Braden James. Get your ticket today!
Cost: $35 in advance, $45 at the door.
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Pride WS Afterparty
Saturday, Oct. 15; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Not long after the stages have been packed up, the entertainment moves from the street to the Millenium Center in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem. Dance to the music of DJ Jon Ingold, performances by newly crowned Mr and Ms Pride Winston-Salem and a number of other surprises are expected to "pop up" throughout the night. After the day festival is done, party with Pride for a final shabang!

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Must be 18+ to enter; 21+ for cash bar. 

Special PRIDE Rate at Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
Looking for a place to stay during the Oct. 14-15 weekend?  The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, North Carolina’s first Kimpton property is offering a "Celebrate Pride All Weekend" rate of $189 per night.  The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, located in the historic downtown R.J. Reynolds building (architectural muse for the Empire State Building), features stunning Art Deco details and maintains the luxury and charm of the historic architecture. The Cardinal is just steps from the Downtown Arts District, Southern cuisine and craft breweries and distilleries. To book at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, click here.  (The special discount code is 1014PRIVIS)

For additional information on the entertainment, the parade, sponsorship opportunities, volunteering and more, go to



Image credit: Pride WS and Eric Wyatt.

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