Update: Austin Pride festivities paraded through down Austin Saturday night. KUT was there to document it all; take a look at our slideshow below, powered by the KUT Flickr page.
Original post (Sept. 6): Austin’s annual Pride celebration, which kicked off Sept. 1, builds to a close this weekend. The theme of this year’s events, held by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation? “Love Unites.”
Pride week culminates on Saturday with several events:
- Rainbow Run 5K: Beginning at 9 a.m., racers will head up the South First Street bridge, then make a loop around part of downtown Austin. Runners will be greeted at the finish line with a spray of edible rainbow-colored powder, a post-run dance party, and wellness expo.
- Pride Festival: The festival features an expansive list of musical guests, and will include photo booths, face painting, and food. The festival will be at east Austin’s Fiesta Gardens and will last until 6: p.m.
- Group Wedding: In the evening, a symbolic group wedding ceremony will take place in front of the Paramount Theatre. Participants will take the lead at the Pride Parade.
- Pride Parade: The parade will head down Congress Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. Downtown roads between Trinity and San Antonio Streets will be fully or partially closed on Saturday night. Sections of Congress Avenue will be closed after 6 p.m. for the parade. Streets immediately surrounding the Capitol will also be shut off beginning at 3 p.m.
A complete list of street closures and alternate routes can be found on the City of Austin website. City officials are encouraging residents to take public transportation this weekend to cut down on traffic delays.