First-Ever El Paso Social Distancing Gay Parade Set For This Weekend
The El Paso community is encouraged to join in on its first-ever Social Distancing Gay Parade this Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Due to the novel coronavirus, all events planned for the summer including El Paso Sun City Pride Parade have been canceled. The annual parade which is normally held in June usually brings thousands of people together to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community.
Since this year’s annual parade has been canceled, the first-ever Social Distancing Gay Parade was created by El Paso native Michael Reyes. Reyes is best known for his popular Drag Queen Story Time segment on social media where he dresses up in drag and highlights a different children’s book for his storytime.
Following the parade, a special edition of Drag Queen Story Time will be held at 4 p.m. featuring the children’s book, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution - which is the first picture book that tells the historic and inspiring role in the gay civil rights movement. To find more details CLICK HERE.
The El Paso Social Distancing Gay Parade will consist of participants in their vehicles following along the normal parade route that begins at Houston Park at 10 a.m.
Everyone is invited to support and show their pride by dressing up and decorating their vehicles.
What To Know:
- Safety First - Everyone participating will be adhering to all traffic laws
- Everyone is asked to social distance when meeting up at Houston Park before the start of the parade
- Masks are encouraged especially for spectators
- Use the hashtag #EPSDGayPride when posting and videos or pictures
- The parade begins at Houston Park and will proceed with taking a left onto Montana Ave.
- Follow the route and make a left onto Mesa St.
- Follow the route and make a left onto Paisano
- Follow the route and then turn left onto Ochoa passing The OP, The Whatever and The Mining Company bars
- Follow the route and then turn right onto Stanton St. passing by Pride Square
- At this point, participants can turn right onto Montana Ave. to return to Houston Park to remove car decorations or head home and continue celebrating
This first-ever Social Distancing Gay Parade is taking place to celebrate the diversity of our community and whether or not you plan on participating or just being a spectator, everyone is encouraged to show their pride across El Paso.