Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

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Pride Houston organizers July 25 announced the downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events in light of recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Pride Houston organizers July 25 announced the downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events in light of recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Pride Houston organizers July 25 announced the downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events in light of recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.

“We [Pride Houston] were looking forward to bringing back the parade this year since some COVID restrictions have been relaxed. But as new COVID infections are rising and [due to] the presence of the delta variant we think it would be more prudent to host a smaller capacity event.” Pride Houston President Thasia Madison said in a news release.

Permits for the parade had been approved by the city of Houston but Pride organizers decided to scale back the event because of the increasing COVID-19 threat in Houston and Harris County, according to the release.

The downtown event, typically held in the spring, was already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pride Houston organizers plan to host the parade and festival again in 2022 while planning a series of smaller-scale events for this fall. Among them are a Montrose block party and a vaccination drive, the statement reads.

All upcoming events will have a capacity of 5,000 people or less.


Updated event information will be available at www.pridehouston.org.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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