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2009 Parade Theme
LGBT - We’re all About Diversity

Peace, Love and Equality are this year’s watchwords for our 2009 Pride Parade. We will gather on the street of Seattle, LGBT and straight, by the hundreds of thousands to marvel at the wonder of diversity as we celebrate our common humanity. Our theme echoes the sentiments and teachings of many enlightened leaders; Gandhi, MLK, Einstein, Lennon, Buddha, and Christ, and serve as reminders to the world, and to the LGBT community, that we must honor everyone in every way and that our journey to full inclusion in society is yet on-going.

The parade will serve as a living motion picture that we mean to have our voices heard, our concerns addressed and our claims redressed. And this year’s message of Peace, Love and Equality is designed to show the world, and ourselves, that we can do so in a manner that honors our mission without dishonoring others. As Gandhi said, we need to be the change that we want to see in the world.

And our pride parade, while to the world may seem to be merely a reason to convene, is also your opportunity to act. We encourage you to join us on the parade route and at the Seattle Center to sing and dance and to come together in unity and harmony for the greater good.

Remember, you can either watch history happen or you can make history happen. It’s your choice.

2009 Grand Marshal Nominations
Submit Your Suggestions
The deadline for submission is May 15th 2009

Grand Marshal positions are among the highest honor bestowed by Seattle’s LGBT community. Nominees are selected based on their commitment and contributions to the community.

There are four Grand Marshal Positions available –one male and one female; an Honorary Grand Marshal; and an Honorary Grand Marshal - Organization.

The Male Grand Marshal title is awarded to a self-identified gay, bisexual or transgender man and the Female Grand Marshal title is awarded to a self-identified lesbian, bisexual or transgender woman. Both must be residents of King or surrounding counties. The position of Honorary Grand Marshal is awarded to a self-identified heterosexual, non-transgender man or woman who has shown outstanding dedication to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender causes or to the LGBT community. There is no residency restriction. The Honorary Grand Marshal - Organization may be any organization that has significantly contributed to the positive image or outlook of and has supported the Seattle gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

To nominate an individual or organization, please email us and tell us in 300 words or less, why this nominee should be chosen as a 2009 Seattle Pride Parade Grand Marshal. Include the nominee’s activities and accomplishments.

Become a sponsor of Seattle Pride 2009, the ultimate target market!

Becoming a SOaP Sponsor is the first step to making your mark and contributing to today’s important and historical movement towards Equality – while opening the doors of your business to a larger/new audience of loyal GLBT/GLBT-friendly patrons.

Did You Know?

  • GLBT customers are loyal to a gay-friendly business and are more likely to spend repeatedly where they know their business is welcome. With over a half trillion dollars a year in spending power, the GLBT community is one of the largest minority markets in the country! – GLBT Business Alliance
  • "The purchasing power of the GLBT community is estimated today to be a massive $641 billion, with projections reaching $2 trillion by 2012. Add in the buying power of the millions of family members and friends who show fierce allegiance to fair-minded corporations and you get a message that no company can afford to ignore: equality is good for business," – Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director of PFLAG.
  • The Seattle Times (Thursday, November 16, 2006) reported that 12.9% of all Seattle residents are gay or bisexual, second only to San Francisco.

For more information about Seattle Pride sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Dana Fialdini
email: sponsorship@seattlepride.org
phone: 206-240-0649

Join our New Facebook group, Seattle Pride!

Do you want to get involved in more than just watching the Pride Parade this year? If so, have we got a Facebook group for you!

facebookOur new Facebook page is a major portal for sharing information about all the events leading up to Pride, but it also is an amazing tool for organizing our greatest resource; you and every LGBT person and LGBT ally out there. Facebook is the place to find ways that you can get involved, not just one day out of the year, but regularly throughout the entire year.

SOaP, the folks who bring you the Pride Parade, is about to roll out several innovative programs bringing us into direct contact with the general community in the months leading up to the parade.

Connect with us to help spread our message as we reach beyond our natural allies to those who have misconceptions about who we are, how we live and why we love as we do.

Come to our Facebook site to share your thoughts with us and to let us know what special talents you have because together we can make Seattle a better, cleaner and safer place for everyone.

In the words of King County Executive Ron Sims, "A Train's a Comin", so make sure you’re on board early, get yourself a window seat and find out how you can take your unique talents out into our diverse neighborhoods with Pride.

If you have a Facebook page you need to join this group and make sure you invite all of your friends!

Local Documentary
Be a part of a local filmmakers story!

~ Filmmaker: Colin Stryker
Independent filmmaker from Olympia is seeking eccentric, colorful, and just plain cool GLBTs for a new documentary celebrating diversity, GLBT lifestyles, and promoting gay rights and equality.

If you fit this bill, live in Seattle or Portland or in between, are somehow involved in GLBT activism, and are willing to let a camera into your personal life to capture the essence of you and your unique lifestyle, I'd love to meet with you and hear your great story! This will be an ultra-low budget doc, just me and my camera, destined for film festivals and who knows what else. Filming will be casual but professional, intimate but respectful, as well as just plain fun. If this sounds intriguing, please get in touch ASAP!

Contact Colin Stryker


Parade Registration Information

Our registration process is now available online! To register please visit our registration site.
Important Registration Facts

  • Application Fees go up April 1st
  • No Paper Applications Accepted
  • Registration deadline: June 1st
  • Number of Registrants: 150



Come join the fun.  Make new friends. Be a part of the Seattle Pride Team.  It's a big, gay adventure!

Sign up today!



We want to know if you have a pride event happening.
Or any other event that would benefit the GLBT community. Please email your event information, web site link, etc. to info@seattlepride.org

Friday, March 20 - 22

Q Spring 2009
Q-Spring is a chance to gather with other men to reflect on, embrace, and celebrate who you are, where you have been, and where you are headed.. more info

Saturday, March 21
Black Tie Bingo
Held at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, the evening will include a decadent dinner, lavish prizes, along with special guest author, actor and activist Reichen Lehmkuhl. Benefits Lifelong AIDS Alliance. more info

Tuesday, March 24

Oscillator X at Nectar Lounge
Live Techno, House and Dance Music with special guests Richard J Dalton of C89.5 FM and Billboard hit recording artist Alyson starting at 8pm. $5 cover and 21+ more info

Friday, March 27
Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 2nd Annual Dinner & Auction. Sodo Park, 3200 First Ave. S. $100 per person. Benefits Seattle's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. more info

Saturday, March 28

Over The Top Circus Gay Bingo
The Greatest Bingo on Earth. Benefits Lifeling AIDS Alliance. more info

Saturday, March 28 - 29

Seattle Men's Chorus
Singing...in the Rain
Salute to the golden age of Hollywood musicals when silver screen legend Debbie Reynolds joins forces with the Chorus. more info

Sunday, March 29

Some of my best friends are...
Gay City TV's short film explores race, homophobia, and gay community. This free film and discussion is co-sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema. more info

For a complete list of upcoming events throughout the year, visit our website.

IvyRain is the exclusive consulting company for the SeattlePride® Parade. Please contact Dana Fialdini for more information about sponsorship via email or by calling 206.240.0649

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