Pride Houston 2023: How to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Houston

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Pride Houston volunteer Kendra Walker joined Eyewitness News to preview what the city's official Pride celebration will look like in 2023.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- With just about two weeks to go, excitement is growing across the city for the arrival of Houston's 45th LGBTQ+ Pride parade.

Pride Houston 365 said it is putting finishing touches on this year's parade, which will unfold downtown on Saturday night, June 24.

Under the theme "All We Need is Love," more than 150 entries are expected during this year's parade, boasting the color, pageantry and culture of America's most diverse city.

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What began as a police raid and protest has turned into an incredible celebration of inclusion in the Houston area.

"We have an exciting season planned," Pride Houston 365 volunteer Kendra Walker said.

The week of June 18 will bring a flurry of Pride activity to Houston, including the annual, all-ages Rock the Runway fashion show on June 22, featuring LGBTQIA+ designers, models, DJs and more at RISE Rooftop.

A celebration dedicated to LGBTQ+ women, the Eden All Girl+ Party, returns on June 23. The event is ages 18 and up.

The Saturday night parade is free, but VIP tickets are available with premium viewing, light snacks and an open bar.

Sunday, this year's grand marshals were announced at the Official Pride Market at Karbach Brewing, including:

  • Margarita Perez Frinsco, 2023 Grand Marshal Female Identifying
  • Jeffrey Campbell, 2023 Grand Marshal Male Identifying
  • Harris Co. Attorney Christian Menefee, 2023 Grand Marshal LGBTQIA+ Ally
  • Cameron Samuels, 2023 Honorary Grand Marshal - Trendsetter
  • David Andrew Edmonson, 2023 Honorary Grand Marshal
  • The Normal Anomaly Initiative Inc., 2023 Honorary Grand Marshal

PHOTOS: Meet Your 2023 Pride Houston Grand Marshals

Pride Houston 365 announced in January it would skip the festival this year, citing cost, attendance size and safety as factors for the cancellation. Walker said the festival is expected to return in 2024.

Volunteer with Pride Houston 365

With opportunities year around to celebrate and serve, Pride Houston 365 is looking for volunteers to help plan the parade, in addition to education programs, community outreach and advocacy.

"We have two types of volunteers," Walker said. "We have those on planning committees. Those are the ones who work tirelessly all year round to kind of take care of the nuts and bolts of each event, or you can be a day-of volunteer."

Day-of volunteers assist with parade staging, distributing merchandise, cashiering and more.

For more information, visit the Pride Houston 365 website.

ABC13 is proud to be the official media partner of Pride Houston 365.