Residents and visitors to downtown Houston can expect street closures for the 2019 Houston Pride Festival & Parade from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23. Visit https://pridehouston.org/ for event details, a complete parade route, and parking options.
Street Closures & Transportation:
Friday, June 21, 2019 – Festival Site
- McKinney from Bagby to Louisiana (all lanes) at 7 p.m. (Leaving Smith open for South Bound Traffic until 12:00 noon on June 22)
- Walker from Bagby to Smith (all lanes) at 7 p.m.
- Bagby east curb lane from McKinney to Walker at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Additional Festival Closures
- Smith from Walker to McKinney (West Curb Lane) from 9 a.m. to noon
- Smith from Rusk to Lamar (All Lanes) from noon to Midnight
- Smith from Lamar to Dallas (two east curb lanes) from noon to 6 p.m.
- Smith from Lamar to Dallas (all lanes) from 6 p.m. to Midnight
- Bagby from Walker to Lamar (all lanes) at 6 a.m. (re-opens on Sunday, June 23 at 2 a.m.)
- McKinney Exit Ramp at 45N at 6 a.m. (re-opens on Sunday, June 23 at 2 a.m.)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Pride Parade Staging and Route
- Outbound Allen Parkway from Bagby to Montrose (all lanes) 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Inbound Allen Parkway from Taft to Bagby/Dallas (all lanes) 5:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Bagby from Rusk to Dallas (all lanes) 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Walker from Bagby to Milam (all lanes @ Clay) 7 p.m.
- Milam from Walker to Pease (all lanes @ Rusk) 7 p.m.
- Pease from Milam to Smith (all lanes @ Travis) for disbanding from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
A designated ridesharing pick-up and drop-off zone will be located at Dallas and Bagby.
METROLift has finalized plans to make a designated stop for the Pride Festival and Parade at 800 Bagby at Walker. Houston METRO staff will be at the booth and will also have Street Supervisors on hand to provide assistance.
Please note that Pride Houston has more entrances into the Festival this year and that the wheelchair accessible entrance is located on McKinney Street between City Hall and the Downtown Central Library. For more information about accessibility at Pride please go to: https://pridehouston.org/celebration/accessibility/.
Safety & Security
The Houston Health Department recommends that residents take the following steps to keep themselves cool:
- Increase water consumption.
- Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
- Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
- A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
- Seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.
Visit http://www.houstonoem.org/extreme-heat/ for more heat safety information.
As with any public event, the main goal is to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, please remember to be vigilant about what is going on around you. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. For a list of things to look for, visit iwatchhouston.org. Pride safety measures include:
- Houston Police Department officers along the parade route and inside and outside the festival
- Private security forces
- Metal detection devices
- Random vehicle searches within the festival
- These searches could and will include vendors, volunteers, entries and guests.
Firearms, concealed or open carry, will not be allowed. Learn more: pridehouston.org/celebration/celebration-safety/
The following items are not permitted on the Festival site:
- Food or Beverages (Infant & special needs allowed)
- Glitter or stickers (in bags to dispense or throw)
- Glass Containers
- Shading Devices (larger than 4 feet in diameter)
- Weapons or Fireworks
- Aerosol Cans
- Drones or UAVs
- NOTE: Unopened water bottles are allowed in the festival site