Pride is back in 2021! Here’s how to celebrate with parades, in-person and online events

June 1 marks the beginning of LGBTQ Pride Month, usually celebrated with street festivals, events and parties. The first Pride was a protest outside the Stonewall Inn in New York in 1969, led by black transgender women.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted celebrations to a virtual platform. However as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more Americans become vaccinated, most 2021 celebrations will host a blend of virtual and in-person events.

USA TODAY has gathered some of the biggest events and celebrations in major cities scheduled this month for Pride.

Atlanta

Atlanta Pride Run is set to be in person on June 20. The race has historically been held to generate awareness for the LGBTQ community and to fundraise for much-needed community partners. This year’s beneficiary of the race is Joining Hearts Atlanta, an organization focused on prevention, care, and housing assistance to those impacted by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. 

Pride month will also be celebrated at the Georgia Aquarium on June 25. The event is exclusive for those 21 and older and will include cocktails and music from DJ Seth Breezy and DJ Ree De La Vega. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, events including the Atlanta Pride Parade, Trans March and Bi and Pan March have been placed on hold pending approval from CDC and local government guidelines.

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Boston

Pride festivals and parades will be replaced with online events this year. Those interested can attend Pride Night at Fenway Park where there will be a special first pitch and a performance by Aaron Patterson on June 10.

A virtual park lighting ceremony will take place on June 8 to commemorate the lives lost in the HIV and AIDS epidemic. 

Boston Pride will also host a Pride flag-raising ceremony, a mayoral candidate forum and an Express Your Pride campaign.

Chicago

Pride in the Park Chicago will be enjoyed in person this year. The two-day festival will feature dozens of artists, food and entertainment. Those interested can now purchase their tickets online.

The annual Pride Fest is set to be held in person, However, no definitive date has been scheduled. The festival is usually held during the last weekend of June and updates will be posted on the festival’s website.

In celebration of Chicago’s drag community, Chicago is a Drag Fest will host various performers and speakers on June 28.

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