In the case of rain, the festival will move under the Davis Farmers Market pavilion of Central Park.
The Davis Pride Festival returns for its fifth year on Sunday, May 19. The multi-faceted day includes a fun run and culminates with a festival of music, food and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Davis Phoenix Coalition produces the festival – a pride celebration like no other to Yolo County. The free, daylong event at Central Park, 401 C St., features live entertainment, merchants and community resources, fun zones for children and teenagers, food trucks and vendors and dance parties.
This year’s pride theme is #StonewallStrong. Pride Director Sandré Nelson said the theme was chosen to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, where a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, became a spark for the gay rights movement. “It helps keep us focused that the struggle and fight are still not over.”
The Run/Walk for Equality, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. Walk or run a 5K or 10K course through Davis’ greenbelts. Proceeds go to the Davis Phoenix Coalition’s education and advocacy programs to build a safer, more inclusive community in Davis and surrounding cities. Registration is $37 through May 18 and $40 at the event. For community members who are not ready for a 5K or 10K, there is a 1K for $20.
After that, there’s the free Music Festival and Community Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly all-inclusive event will have the latest resources for the regional LGBTQ+ community and all who support it. Based on the success of the fourth annual Davis Pride Festival, the committee is reviewing several entertainers and headline artists. An official announcement will be made in early April.
Local artists interested in performing either on the main or community stages are encouraged to visit the Davis Pride website and submit information via the “Artist Submission” tab.
“The goal of the Davis Phoenix Coalition Board of Directors and the Davis Pride planning committee is to ensure that all members of the community – regardless of age and income level – have access to the celebration and resources of Davis Pride,” Nelson said.
Meanwhile, there’s another way to support this cause. The event’s host, the nonprofit Davis Phoenix Coalition, plans an Inaugural Dinner on March 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Davis Community Church’s Fellowship Hall, 412 C St., Davis. Tickets are $50 and include an Indian dinner, dessert and drinks. Buy tickets online at https://bit.ly/2SShDC6.
Davis Pride is produced by Davis Phoenix Coalition, a nonprofit that works to foster diversity, eliminate intolerance, prevent hate-motivated violence and support LGBTQ+ youths. The coalition was founded in the aftermath of a 2013 anti-gay attack on Davis resident “Mikey” Partida. Proceeds from Davis Pride support the coalition’s anti-bullying campaigns, and outreach with area police departments, churches and schools.
Sunday, May 19
Central Park 401 C St., Davis, CA 95616
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