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FESTIVAL | Rochester Black Pride


For five days, Rochester Black Pride will celebrate the black LGBTQ community in a welcoming and family-friendly way to foster community growth, highlight small businesses, and advance voter registration efforts. The festival's opening reception will take place on Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m., at 60 Brown's Race, and will feature MOCHA Art Gallery and Fashion Show, where attendees can watch models strut down the runway. Thursday's events include a day party at 4 p.m. at 189 North Water Street for Rochester's youth, an old-school dance party featuring the greatest dance hits of the 60's through the 90's, and Vogue Rochester, where community members can engage in friendly competition for cash prizes.

Other Rochester Black Pride events include a sexual health workshop, the first annual trans-only brunch, and an open mic night. A large celebration will take place on Saturday, August 12, followed by a performance by Big Freedia, the queen of New Orleans bounce music, at 9.p.m., in Funk 'N Waffles Music Hall. Finally, there will be a cookout on Sunday, August 13, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Genesee Valley Park with music and a barbecue. Rochester Black Pride event prices and locations vary. For a full event schedule, visit or email