Cincinnati Pride Festival celebrates 40 years

Debbie Gibson to headline event

CINCINNATI - Emily Begley

Pride Week is here, celebrating 40 years of Cincinnati Pride. This year's Pride Parade encourages participants to use the organization's anniversary as a theme for their floats. Those that do will earn automatic entry into a float contest, giving them a shot at a trophy and free 2014 parade entry.

The parade is just the beginning; the Pride Festival keeps the party going with music from headliner Debbie Gibson, local acts Jonathan Zeng and Penny Tration and more. Same-sex and straight couples 18 and older can publicly pledge their commitment to one another at the Commitment and Recommitment Ceremony ($25 per couple in advance, $35 per couple at Pride), followed by cake and champagne.

The night comes to a close with the first-ever Pride Fireworks presented by Proctor & Gamble.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Seventh and Culvert streets downtown and ends at Sawyer Point where the festival beings at 3 p.m.

The parade begins at Seventh and Culvert streets at 2 p.m. and ends at Sawyer Point where the Pride Festival kicks off at 3 p.m.

The following downtown streets will be closed during the parade from approximately 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Seventh Street: Closed between Broadway and Culvert Street (closes at 12 p.m. for staging)
  • Culvert Street: Closed between Reedy Street and Sentinel Street (closes at 12 p.m. for staging)
  • Seventh Street: Closed between Race Street and Broadway
  • Vine Street: Closed between Fourth Street and Eighth Street
  • Fifth Street: Closed between Race Street and Main Street
  • Walnut Street: Closed between Fifth Street and Freedom Way
  • Freedom Way: Closed between Rosa Parks Street and Joe Nuxhall Way
  • Joe Nuxhall Way: Closed between Second Street and Mehring Way
  • Mehring Way: Closed between Elm Street and E Pete Rose Way
  • Johnny Bench Way: Closed
  • E. Pete Rose Way: Closed between Broadway and Johnny Bench Way

For more information on the Pride Festival and parade visit

WCPO Digital contributed to this story.

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