The annual Mid-Columbia Pride Week kicks off June 15 with a family bowling night.
Activities continue throughout the week, culminating with a parade and festival of food, music and fun June 20.
Nationwide, Pride events often are held during the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots on June 28, 1969, in Greenwich Village, considered to be the start of the modern LGBT rights movement. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
Locally, Mid-Columbia Pride has put together a celebration annually for several years.
“It started out in a little parking lot. It’s grown quite a bit,” said Christie Oar, the group’s president.
The goal of the week is to “allow celebration of the present, envision the equality of the future, and honor the past while strengthening communities with the respect and acceptance of diversity,” according to the local Pride group.
Here’s a schedule of activities. Most events are free.
A family bowling night is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spare Time Lanes, 711 W. Vineyard Drive, Kennewick. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.
Author and speaker Greta Christina will speak from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St., Richland.
Pride After Dark wine social is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Market Vineyards, 1950 Keene Road, Richland. The social is for people 21 and older.
A drag show also is planned at 9 p.m. at Out and About, 327 W. Lewis St., Pasco. The event is open to people 16 and older, with ID. Cost is $3.
Cards Against Humanity Night is from 6 to 9 p.m. at &yet,
110 Gage Blvd., Suite 100, Richland. The event is for people 21 and older. Cost is $10.
While it’s not an official Pride Week activity, the Columbia Basin Badger Club is holding a forum at 6 p.m. at the Richland Shilo Inn. The group is bringing in a proponent and opponent of “reparative therapy,” which aims to change a person’s homosexuality. The Badger Club is a nonpartisan group that doesn’t take sides on issues; instead it brings in experts and newsmakers to discuss topics. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $30 the day of the event. More information: www.cbbc.clubexpress.com.
A barbecue and softball/kickball event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Leslie Groves Park in Richland.
The Mid-Columbia Pride Parade and Festival is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Dam Plaza in Richland. The parade takes off near Gilmore Street and Swift Boulevard and ends at John Dam Plaza. The festival
includes vendors, a beer garden, food carts and music from The Shades, Michael Cagle and Jack Mozie. The hosts of the Spokane radio show OUTSpoken are set to play host.
An after party follows at Out and About at 9 p.m. It includes a drag show featuring performers Bonnie Marché, Mink Marché, Summer Seve and Vida Amore. The event is for people 21 and older. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.cluboutandabout.com.
For more on the Pride Week festivities, go to www.midcolumbiapride.com.