Nashville Pride is a non-profit based in Nashville, Tennessee that produces a yearly LGBT Pride Festival. Nashville Pride's mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for LGBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee. It is the largest LGBT event based in Tennessee.
The first pride parade took place in 1988. National attention was garnered by the festival in 2010 when headlining entertainer, Vanessa Carlton, came out to the attendees. She began her set by saying "I've never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman." The 2015 festival drew an estimated 15,000-20,000 people, making it the largest gathering since the event began. Records continued to be shattered in subsequent years and the 2018 Nashville Pride festival boasted 35,000 attendees over a two-day period, with nearly 8,000 marchings in the Equality Walk. The 2019 festival drew a record crowd of over 75,000 people for two-days of planned events.
Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) are outdoor events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ social movements. In 2019, New York and the world celebrated the largest international Pride celebration in history: Stonewall 50 - WorldPride NYC 2019, produced by Heritage of Pride commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with five million spectators attending in Manhattan alone.
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