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