The Baltimore Pride Celebration is a program of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 1977, whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies, through programs, services and resources.
Over the past four decades, Baltimore Pride has evolved from a small rally of a dozen activists to a full-fledged festival that welcomes 30,000 revelers annually. This year, to better accommodate the growing crowds of celebrants, Pride is moving into larger digs along Cathedral Street and Mt. Royal Avenue. Located steps away from MICA, the University of Baltimore and Penn Station, many may be familiar with the space as the annual host of ArtScape. We’ll be celebrating there all weekend with a fabulous set of local and regional entertainers performing on the main stage outside the historic Mt. Royal Station on both days.
This year, we are moving locations! The Saturday Parade will begin at Charles and Eager, to Mount Royal, and then from Mount Royal to Oliver Street. The Festivals on Saturday and Sunday will all take place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street (two blocks from Penn Station). Also new this year is the introduction of two beverage gardens with easy-to-access check-in points near the Pride performance spaces. Please note that consumption of alcohol will be relegated to the beverage gardens. It’s a slight change from our previous Pride celebrations, but just think of it as front-row access to our Pride stages!
The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions.