2017 Pride was our biggest celebration yet. A week of events that many said gave them hope that they could live authentically and find acceptance, even in our conservative rural area. This year's Pride turned into a week of events and coincided with the opening of the NorCal OUTreach Center - Redding's first LGBTQ+ Center.
This was the first year we had the opportunity to light Redding's iconic Sundial Bridge in rainbow, and have a kick off celebration featuring DJ Jynx, singers and drag performers. It also featured the inaugural Redding LGBTQ+ Film Festival, made possible by grants from Cal Humanities and The McConnell Foundation. The finale of Pride week was the festival and march that took place in front of Redding City Hall, featuring 70 exhibitors and vendors and a full line up of entertainment including the Premonition band, Formation Dance Company, Delaney Renee, Benette Wallace, and Adam Ferris. Overall, the week's events attracted 2000+ LGBTQ+ people and Allies.
2017 Pride was generously sponsored by the event 530 Collective, Market Street Uniforms, Club 501, Hill Country Clinic, Legal Services of Northern California, Planned Parenthood of Northern California, The California Teachers Association, Oliveview Farms, Metro PCS, Flow Community Acupuncture, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, People of Progress, KKRN Radio, Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect, and the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity HIV Food Bank.
We wouldn't allow the weather to wash away our spirit in 2016. Originally intended to take place in Library Park, 2016 Pride' s 40 exhibitors and 600 attendees made a last minute move inside The Atrium. Headline entertainment included legendary local drag performer Mercedes Benz-Over St. James, Formation Dance Company, John Hoover & Co. and the Old Kennett String Band.
The event was generously sponsored by the California Endowment, Market Street Uniforms, Club 501, Hill Country Clinic, Legal Services of Northern California, Planned Parenthood of Northern California, Metro PCS, Shasta Community Acupuncture, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, People of Progress, KKRN Radio, Shasta County Citizens Advocating Respect, and the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity HIV Food Bank.
2015 Pride was a quaint, family friendly BBQ in Anderson River Park. About 75 attended and enjoyed the food and picnic games.
This year we honored PRIDE during our weekly LGBTQ+ support group, that got its start in 2009.
Pride 2013 was held in front of the Historic Cascade Theater. Transgender musician, Ryan Cassatta, and the Eureka Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were the highlight for the 600 who came to enjoy the day.
2013 Pride was generously sponsored by Market Street Uniforms, Redding Rancheria, Shasta County PFLAG, Pacific West Graphics and the Holiday Inn.
The 2012 Pride was held in Library Park and was the first festival to feature an afternoon of live entertainment, exhibitors, and food vendors. About 250 came out to celebrate.
Pride 2012 was generously sponsored by Market Street Uniforms, Club 501, Palo Cedro Printing, and Shasta County PFLAG.
2011 Pride featured a march around the Redding Downtown Promenade and an ice cream social at the legendary Leatherby's Ice Creamery.
Redding Pride 2010 took place at the Center for Spiritual Living and was playfully themed LGBT is NOT and SANDWICH.
Redding's inaugural Pride Festival was held in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood. Ten local organizations and about 70 people attended.