Parade & Festival Registration

 

Thank you for your interest in participating in this year's Pride Portland! Parade & Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The parade will begin at noon at Monument Square and proceed to Deering Oaks Park, where the festival will take place from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Please submit registration by May 31st at the latest.

For festival- or parade-specific questions or guidance, you can contact us at festival@prideportland.org or parade@prideportland.org. For general questions, concerns, or feedback, you can contact us at info@prideportland.org.

Or keep reading for important information about registration...


Our Philosophy

Pride Portland! aims to honor the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ movement while also addressing the struggles our community is facing today. The Stonewall Riots of 1969 marked a critical point in the history of queer resistance, giving rise to gay liberation marches which became the Pride parades of today. In visible celebration, we come together out of the shared experience of refusing to be told that the bodies we are born with dictate who we are allowed to be and who we are allowed to love.

That said, we are not a monolith. The LGBTQ+ community has always included a spectrum of people with many overlapping identities: black, brown, and indigenous peoples, those of European and Asian descent, including Pacific Islanders; immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers; those with diverse abilities, neurodivergent and neurotypical people; folks who are poor, low-income, working class, middle-income, and upper-income; youth, elders, middle-aged people, and more.

Due to our wide array of identities and backgrounds, it is crucial that we engage with each other in a way that honors and uplifts as many members of our community as possible, especially those who have not yet fully benefited from the progress that others have enjoyed.
In light of this, Pride Portland! has chosen to prioritize those who have as their primary focus: Accessibility, Activism, and/or Advocacy.


Parade Participation

If you would like to align with Pride Portland! in highlighting accessibility, activism, and advocacy work in our community, we encourage you to: 

  • Consider your brand presence. Pride is a primary source of visibility for many grassroots efforts, small organizations, and non-profits. If your business has a sizable advertising budget, significantly reducing or removing your brand presence during the parade has the potential to better uplift those organizations and individuals providing direct services, healthcare, legal aid, etc, who might not otherwise reach the people who need those resources the most.
  • Consider environmental impact. If you choose to distribute anything during the parade, we ask that you prioritize practical items made of recycled or recyclable materials. Most importantly, we ask that all items be distributed in grab buckets or placed into the hands of consenting individuals rather than thrown. By taking these steps, we can reduce litter, overall waste, and our negative environmental impact.
  • Consider accessibility. In addition to contributing to environmental impact, throwing items into the crowd has struck people at parades in past years, particularly those with limited mobility. In light of this, we ask again that you please place items distributed during the parade directly into the hands of consenting recipients rather than throw them.

All are welcome to participate as they wish. We especially thank those who keep the above considerations in mind during this year’s Pride Portland! parade. We believe that highlighting accessibility, activism, and advocacy work in our celebration will further contribute toward our collective liberation. If you have any questions or concerns, we invite you reach out to us at info@prideportland.org.


Festival Participation

The Pride Portland! festival is the biggest celebration of the week, bringing thousands of people together at the tail end of the parade. We seek to highlight accessibility, activism, and advocacy. This includes making the festival as accessible to as many members of our Greater Portland LGBTQ+ community as possible. The wide array of participating organizations and business makes for a veritable resource fair, accompanied by inspiration and entertainment on stage. There will be an area specially catering to families with young children, and the whole park is an alcohol- and tobacco-free environment. Food will be available for purchase, with some seating nearby, along with lawn seating. Bathrooms, including 3 fully accessible ones, will be onsite. Shuttles to off-site parking may also be available.


Definitions of Participant Categories

Business: any for-profit entity with annual revenue over $500,000
Non-Profit Organization: any entity holding a 501(c) status according to the IRS (including but not limited to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), religious group, government agency or municipality, or educational institution) with an annual budget over $250,000
Political Organization: any entity including but not limited to a political party, candidate for public office, ballot question committee, or political action committee (PAC)
Small Business: any for-profit business entity with an annual revenue of $500,000 or less
Small Organization (either of the following):

  • any entity holding a 501(c) status according to the IRS (including but not limited to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), religious group, government agency or municipality, or educational institution) with an annual budget of $250,000 or less
  • any unincorporated organization (including clubs and volunteer groups) with an annual budget of $250,000 or less

Food Merchant: any business or organization selling food or drinks, which requires an $89 license from the City for the day if you are not already licensed
Merchant: any business or organization selling any goods or services (including but not limited to artwork, clothes, crafts, jewelry, personal care products, bumper stickers, and pins or buttons) which requires $36 street vendor license from the City for the day
Non-merchant: any business or organization not selling anything at the festival

We especially encourage organizations and businesses to register that are locally-based and/or owned by or focused on LGBTQ+ people, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, people with diverse abilities, neurodivergent people, people who are poor, low-income, or working class, youth, elders, and people with other marginalized identities.

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