One of the most celebrated events in Las Vegas is the Las Vegas Pride festival. The colorful party attracts thousands of people from the LGBTQI and straight communities. Unlike most Pride Parades around the world, which are held in June during LGBTQI awareness month, the Las Vegas Pride Festival is held in October because of the weather. It’s coincidental since October is LGBTQI history month.
The first Las Vegas Pride parade was held in 1983, and only 200 people attended. By 2017, the Las Vegas Pride festival attracted more than 25,000 people.
In this detailed guide, we want to provide you with all the details you need to celebrate the 2022 Las Vegas Pride festival.
Annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade
The 2022 annual Vegas Pride Night parade will happen in downtown Las Vegas on October 7. The event will feature the fantastic gay community of Southern Nevada, keeping you entertained with a glamorous and glittering spectacle. The Parade Pre-Show will kick off at 6 pm and continue until the main parade starts at 7 pm.
The main stage of the night parade will be the intersection of 4th Street & Bridger Avenue in Downtown Las Vegas. At the Block Party on 4th Street, there will be food trucks, beverage stations, and exhibitors. The main stage hosts of the Las Vegas night parade will be Andrew Ryan and Ricky Cornish, while the Las Vegas night parade street team will be made up of:
- Abel Garcia, KTNV
- Christian Cazares, KLAS 8 News Now
Below is the link to the night parade map: https://lasvegaspride.org/pride-parade/parade-maps/
Also, the Southern Nevada Health District will issue free monkey pox vaccinations during the 2022 Las Vegas pride parade. You can find them at 4th Street and Carson Avenue from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Annual PRIDE Night Parade Awards
Competing in the Vegas Pride Parade can make your Vegas gay experience more fun. All participants competing in the annual pride night parade are judged by guest celebrity judges who are members of the Las Vegas gay community. Winners are announced the next day at the PRIDE Festival Cox Main Stage at 3 pm. During this year’s Vegas night parade, you can compete for the following awards:
PRIDE Parade Awards
- Best Walking/Marching Entry
- Rainbow Award – Best Use of PRIDE (Rainbow) Colors
- Best Decorated Vehicle
- Grand Diva Award – Best Overall Parade Entry
- Best Drag Award
- Best Float
- Diversity Award
- Jim McMichael – LVCVA
- Jennifer Warner – Drag Legend
- Wayne and Craig – Mr. & Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2015
- Marja Bigas – City of Las Vegas, Special Events
2022 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival!
The Las Vegas PRIDE Festival welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the diversity of the Vegas gay community. GLBT families, couples, singles, friends, tourists and straight allies are invited to an entire day of fabulousness at the Craig Ranch Regional Park on October 8.
Tickets cost from $20 to $250, and you can purchase them from Saturday from Noon to 11 pm. Youths (6-17 Years) will enjoy discounted tickets at the gate. Children five years and younger are free. VIP admission gets you access to the prime stage view, select sponsored cocktails, and food.
The 2022 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival has curated a list of entertainers expected to bring an eclectic cocktail of talent and entertainment to the masses. The top performers of this year’s Vegas pride festival are:
- DRAMA (producer Na’el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa) @ 9.15 pm
- Laganja Estranja (contestant on Season 6 of Rupaul’s Drag Race) @ 7 pm
- Madison Rose @ 8 pm
Apart from the above three top performers, the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival will have three main stages featuring top performers and different fun-filled activities:
- Amphitheatre Stage: featuring Santana Tribute Band, Onicks, Jojo Bear etc.
- Dance Stage: featuring Rex Von Rex, Kris O’Neil, and Phoenixx.
- Rainbow Stage: featuring Justin Tyme, White Russian, a Get Married event, etc.
Art of PRIDE
The Art of PRIDE is an art exhibition that will take place during this year’s Las Vegas Pride festival. Enjoy a display of art pieces from upcoming and famous artists in the LGBTQI community. If you are an art enthusiast, don’t miss out on the celebration of art and talent by the Vegas gay community.
The Women’s Section
One of the best and most notable traits in the LGBTQI community is accepting everyone regardless of their sexual identity. The 2022 Las Vegas Pride festival has created something special for individuals who identify as women. A special event, Connection and Community, will occur from 5 to 11 pm at Sappho’s Garden on October 8. Some of the special activities include:
- Art of Pride gallery
- Live Music
- Drag King Show
- Old School Dance party
The PRIDE Festival Kid’s Zone
All kids attending the Las Vegas Pride Festival this year will have free access to the PRIDE Festival Kid’s Zone. The kid zone is open from 12 to 4 pm, and presented by NewGen Families. It’s a beautiful place for families and kids to celebrate and appreciate the gay community. The kid zone will feature an obstacle course, games and fun activities.
The Las Vegas PRIDE Pets
Why leave your pet at home as you go to celebrate the most prominent gay event in Sin City? Las Vegas PRIDE festival has a special section for pets and pet owners, where they can have fun during the festival. Pet owners are required to have all their pets leashed.
Get Married at Las Vegas Pride Festival
The Las Vegas Pride invites all the gay couples who want to tie the knot in Sin City during the 2022 pride festival. The group wedding will take place at Craig Ranch Park on October 10, at 1 pm and couples are welcome to invite their friends and family to witness their union. Having a Nevadan marriage license from the Clark County Marriage Licensing Office is essential. The Clark County Marriage Licensing Office offers online and physical marriage license applications.
The wedding package includes:
- VIP Parking pass
- VIP Festival tickets for two
- Novelty commemorative certificate
- Wedding photography
- Official group wedding ceremony
If you and your spouse want to be part of the Las Vegas Pride Festival wedding, choose the “Las Vegas PRIDE Wedding” festival option when purchasing your tickets. Couples are also welcomed to a group ceremony to renew their vows and for novelty purposes. The wedding will take place on a colorful and magnificent rainbow stage.
The Proud & Kinky
Adults who want to enjoy the kinky side of the Vegas festival should visit the Proud & Kinky section. The section is strictly for adults, and one is required to present an ID to be granted admission. All bodies and gender are welcomed to the section; all attendees are requested to respect consent. It’s essential to request permission before touching, recording or taking a picture of a person. When entering the Proud and Kinky section, you shouldn’t have weapons or illegal substances. The section is a sex-positive safe place, and attendees are encouraged to have sex-positive energy, actions and phrases.
- There are dungeon rules which everyone must follow:
- The DM’s will supervise all public play in the section.
- Attendees aren’t allowed to interrupt the scenes.
- You aren’t allowed to negotiate the scene if you are impaired or with an impaired person.
- It would be best if you cleaned yourself up after the scene.
The Proud & Kinky stage will also have cannabis-friendly and sex-positive vendors, and the sex dungeon will be presented and operated by Torture Garden LA and Sanctuary Studios. So, if you’re looking for sex safe space to explore your kinks, alternative lifestyles and fetish as a member of the LGBTQI community, you should visit the Proud & Kinky arena.
Las Vegas Pride Week Nightlife
At the end of the festival, what other activities can you engage in? When the 2022 Las Vegas Pride Festival closes its gate, it’s time to hit the Las Vegas streets and join the rest of the Vegas gay community in celebrating diversity, equality and inclusion. Las Vegas has plenty of activities and entertainment options for the gay community, and these activities even become more fun during Pride week.
You can visit any of the following gay bars and nightclubs and continue with your pride celebrations:
Address: 4633 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, United States
Operating hours: Every day from 10 pm to 5 am, with happy hour, starting from 10 pm to 12 am.
Phone: +1 702-791-0100
FreeZone Nightclub and Bar
Address: 610 E Naples Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119, United States
Operating hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +1 702-794-2300
Quadz Video Bar
Address: 4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, United States
Operating hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +1 702-733-0383
Address: 1487 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, United States
Operating hours: Open 24 hours
Phone: +1 702-440-6333
The annual LGBTQ+ Pride has become part of Las Vegas culture ever since it was started in 1983. Every year the Sin City parade and festival attracts many members and friends of the Vegas gay community to celebrate the beautiful and loving culture. The main goal of the festival and parade is to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equity.