Austin Pride parade among postponements due to rising COVID-19 cases

Austin Pride decided to cancel its annual parade three days before the scheduled date amid rising delta variant COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Austin Pride)
Austin Pride decided to cancel its annual parade three days before the scheduled date amid rising delta variant COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Austin Pride)

Austin Pride decided to cancel its annual parade three days before the scheduled date amid rising delta variant COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Austin Pride)

Austin Pride postponed the 2021 Pride parade until further notice due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in the area.

"There is only one way out of this, and that is together," the organization's statement said. "Please, #getvaccinated, #maskup, #socialdistance until we get this in check again.”

The annual parade scheduled for Aug. 14 had been planned for months, the statement said. The nonprofit Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation will work with sponsors, participants, partners and community stakeholders to respond to the new surge in delta variant COVID-19 cases, the announcement said.

"Pride organizations across the nation are suffering the same heavy blows," said Micah Andress, the president of the foundation, in the statement. "But we are determined to stand strong."

The decision followed Austin City Limits Radio announcing it is postponing Blues on the Green free concerts that were scheduled for Aug. 10 and 11 due to the COVID-19 surge.


Waterloo Greenway postponed its opening day celebrations and ribbon-cutting ceremony due to COVID-19's local spread. Waterloo Park will still reopen to the public to explore without planned events.

As delta cases surge and Austin Public Health announced only two available intensive care unit beds for the Austin area, Austin City Limits Music Festival faced calls to cancel, including a Change.org petition to cancel the festival that had garnered 300 signatures by 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Stevie Nicks dropped out as the festival's headliner Aug. 11 and decided to cancel all of her scheduled concerts in 2021 due to rising COVID-19 cases. Hours later, ACL announced that Tyler, The Creator and Duran Duran had joined the lineup.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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