When is a Pride Parade Not a Parade?

… When it’s a Pride Procession!

On Saturday, September 29, we will kick off the Tenth Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival with a special Pride Procession through the city of Asheville.

Our purpose is to celebrate the multitude of organizations and businesses who envision Western North Carolina as a rich and welcoming community.  The theme of the Procession is Welcoming WNC: Diversity + Inclusion = Success.

We want to give voice to the many organizations that strive to create spaces that welcome all to work, shop, and congregate as their authentic selves, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sex, disability, class, or religion.

Join Us!

We hope to see the community turn out in force for this important event.  It isn’t a protest.  It is a community coming together to celebrate something we aspire to and stand for. There are three ways to join us …

  1. Walk With Us. Our permit limits us to 350 walkers. Register  your organization (or yourself) to join in.
  2. Stand With Us. Gather along the procession route, then to follow the procession into Pack Square Park.
  3. Welcome Us. Once the procession enters Pack Square Park, it will make its way through the park and towards the main stage.  Come early to the park.  Join in the singing and celebration. Help us to kick of our Tenth Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival.

How to Participate

Our goal is to create a vivid display of all the welcoming organizations and communities in western North Carolina and to tear down stereotypes.

  • Logos. We encourage you to wear your organization’s tee shirts, uniforms, hats, and buttons. Loft your logo on a banner or flag.
  • Dress. We encourage you to find creative ways to portray a welcoming community at work. Come as a doctor, a cook, a lawyer, a truck driver, a farmer, an artist.
  • Signs, Flags, & Banners. Bring a sign with your logo or an uplifting appeal (e.g., “Welcoming WNC”). Bear in mind that this is not a protest march. Our goal on the 29th is to rally a community around things we stand for … not against.

Registered Organizations

 Organization Name # of Walkers City
98.1 The RiverSteve MatlackAsheville
ACLU of WNCSam Katz4-6Asheville
Asheville Farmstead SchoolTootsie Jablonski7-10Candler
Asheville Gay Men's ChorusSimone Bernhard1-3Asheville
Asheville Gay Men's ChorusButch Thompson4-6Asheville
Beer City Sisters of The Perpetual IndulgenceMargarita Del Encanto7-10Asheville
Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.Tina White4-6Asheville
Campaign for Southern EqualityAllison Scott4-6Ashevile
Center for Spirtual Living Rainbow CircleGin OmanAsheville
Chartwells Dining Services Mars Hill UniversityKristine Freshour4-6Mars Hill
Council on Aging of Buncombe CountySusan WIlson1-3Asheville
Democracy North CarolinaDarlene Azarmi1-3Asheville
First Congregational UCCYOLANDA ADAMS11-20Asheville
Francine Delany New School for ChildrenBuffy FowlerAsheville
Harrah's Cherokee CasinosChristina Esmay4-6Cherokee
HelpmateEJ Johnson1-3Asheville
Human Rights CampaignCatherine Ratelle11-20Washington
J. CrewJocelyn McQuarrie21-30Asheville
Kingdom: Drag Kings & Hyper QueensRylan Givens7-10Asheville
LIM- lesbians in the mountainsKathy Coco4-6Asheville
Los Gatos ProductionsSue McQueen1-3Asheville
Melody Joy Deetz, LLCMelody Deetz1-3Demorest
MyselfBarbara Weitz1-3Asheville
National Parks Conservation Association & Warren WIlson College (together)Jeff Hunter11-20Asheville
Posh Lash Lounge and Beauty Bar of AshevilleLindsey Rourke1-3Asheville
SAGA at AppstateDanielle Woolard21-30Boone
StarbucksKip Schagane11-20Asheville
Still Point WellnessAshley Lee7-10Asheville
StoneCreek Health & RehabilitationHaley Niebes1-3Asheville
The OdditoriumTamy Kuper7-10Asheville
Thermo Fisher ScientificSandra Franklin-King7-10Asheville
TriPride TNGeorge Chamoun7-10JOHNSON CITY
UNCA OutUna Holland21-30Asheville
Upstate Pride SCRodney Tow21-30Greer
Wild BodemaShanti McKinnie4-6Asheville
YWCA of AshevilleElizabeth Taylor7-10Asheville
 Organization Name # of Walkers City

Registered Individuals / Families

 Your Name
Russ Root
Perry Martino
Chris Oaks
Jenny Oskins
Cheyane Verran
Rachel Keener
Lilli Rayne-Starr
Cristen Childers
Crystal Martin
 Your Name