Seattle Pride moves 2021 festivities online as pandemic continues

Scenes from the 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade, Sunday June 30, 2019.

Seattle’s colorful LGBTQIA + Pride Parade and personal celebrations will have to wait until 2022.

Seattle Pride organizers made an early call to put the annual parade and celebrations online for 2021 as COVID-19 remains present and there is a risk of large gatherings.

“With the pandemic still spreading rapidly, we were unable to move ahead in good conscience with our plans for our June events, which will bring together thousands of people in close proximity,” Seattle Pride executive director Krystal Marx said in a statement. “Our efforts are now shifting to building on last year’s success in virtual pride so we can continue to bring our community together to celebrate diversity.”

The virtual installation takes place on the weekend of June 26th to 27th and offers loudspeakers and performances. Last year’s online events had an average of more than 3,300 online participants per day.

The organizers remained optimistic that some small face-to-face meetings containing public health guidelines could be allowed through June.

“Regardless of the size or scope of in-person events during the year, Seattle Pride is optimistic about the return of its Seattle Pride in the Park and Seattle Pride Parade events next year as planning for this year’s virtual Pride celebration continues “wrote the organizers.

Scenes from the 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade, Sunday June 30, 2019.Genna Martin / SEATTLEPI

Held annually in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rising in Manhattan, the event is one of the first to announce that it will continue in online format this year.

Seafair plans a personal return along with the US Navy Blue Angels, who will debut new Boeing F / A-18 Super Hornet jets in August.

“After 2020 with so many events suspended, the community looks forward to resuming a true Pacific Northwest tradition and the culmination of an action-packed Seafair Weekend Festival,” said Eric Corning, Seafair President & CEO in a press release .

Emerald City Comic Con, which drew more than 98,000 people to the Washington State Convention Center in 2019, hopes the pandemic will be more contained by the end of the year. The organizers are currently planning the event from December 2nd to 5th.

Other previous events like the Seattle International Film Festival will continue online in 2021 and plan to stream films on its own Roku channel.