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Roc Pride 2018


Rochester's annual Pride Festival, presented by the Out Alliance, takes place Saturday, July 14, through Sunday, July 22. This year's fest, "Stand Out: [Live] in Color," aims to spotlight the full spectrum of who we are and promote individuality and diversity. Here's some dates and details for this year's main events, but head over to for a full schedule of events, including drag shows, GAYme nights at The Playhouse, youth events, euchre tournaments, and history tours at various venues around the city.

Q-Day at Seabreeze takes place on Saturday, July 14, noon to 6 p.m. at the amusement park (4600 Culver Road). Tickets are $34 and include admission and the park, rides, an all-you-can-eat buffet of summer foods, and the company of LGBTQ+ family, friends, and allies. Registration required.

The Pride 5K Run is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. concluding at 11 a.m. Registration costs $30 (advance and day-of, which starts at 7:30 a.m.). Meet at Cobb's Hill Park, 80 Culver Road.

Also on Sunday is the Pride Kick-off Beach Party Picnic, held from noon to 6 p.m. at Ontario Beach Park, 50 Beach Avenue (basically follow Lake Avenue until you see the water). The picnic will take place at the pavilion — bring your own cooler and make use of the on-site grills. Admission is free and all are welcome; glass and pets are not allowed.

Pride's Opening Ceremonies take place at City Hall (30 Church Street) on Monday, July 16, 6 to 7 p.m., with Grand Marshal Peter Mohr and Honorary Marshals Carlos Merriweather and Arlisha Massey. The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus and the Rochester Women's Community Chorus will perform. Free to attend; bring your flags!

The Roc Pride Parade takes place on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 1 p.m. and will travel from Park Avenue and Alexander Street to Park Avenue and Brunswick Street. Line-up is at noon (location to be emailed those who register no later than July 16). Free to attend.

And the two-day Roc Pride Fest takes place at Cobb's Hill Park on Saturday, July 21, 1 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, noon to 6 p.m. Each day will be filled with games, activities, food, and performances; this year's headliners include singer-songwriter Deborah Cox, Ada Vox (the first drag queen to perform on American Idol's stage), "band-of-the-future" NicK & Six, DJ Citizen Jane, Rochester-based dance and music group Daughters of ArT, and Rochester vocalist Champagne Brown. Tickets are $9.99 for a weekend pass, $7.50 for Saturday, $5 for Sunday and student weekend passes, and free to veterans and kids under age 16. More details and the full lineup at