Spokane Pride holding drive-thru festival Saturday

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane’s LGBTQ+ community is invited to celebrate Pride with a festival and car parade on Saturday afternoon. 

This year’s festival is being held drive-thru style in an effort to keep people safe amid the latest COVID surge. 

“Our visibility right now is so important and this is one way that we can continue to do it,” said Esteban Herevia, president of Spokane Pride.

In 2019, everyone celebrated downtown. For 2020 — it went online.

“Trying to offer something that is so meaningful to so many people that’s typically done in person is hard,” Herevia said.

Hard, but not impossible. With the plans switched to the arena parking lot, things are going to look different.

“You’ll come in, you’ll come to the welcome tent in your car and then we’ll process you through booths,” Herevia said.

Attendees can drive through the festival and enjoy meals from local food trucks, performances by local drag performers and the full car parade. 

The Spokane Regional Health District will also hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

“By offering vaccinations, we felt like that was our way of saying, ‘hey, we support you. We see you. We understand that this is not an easy time. It’s not an easy time for any of us,'” Herevia explained.

You can also take home an HIV test kit. Herevia said they offer HIV tests every year, but this is the first time people can take it home. He said this was the easiest way to go this year. 

Everyone attending must wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Herevia said despite the setbacks, Spokane Pride was determined to keep this festival going for everyone.

“This is a good way for our community to show off who they are. To know that they still matter. That their identity has worth and they have value,” he said.

Spokane Pride, formerly known as OutSpokane, is an organization committed to developing Pride experiences for people of all identities and experiences. They work to create harassment-free environments for people of all identities, support members of the BIPOC community by standing against racism, and ensure an accessible and healthy community for all. 

Saturday’s festival kicks off at 4 p.m. in the Spokane Arena parking lot. Learn more about Spokane Pride here