Dayton celebrates PRIDE Weekend 2017

Photo: PRIDE Weekend, organized by the LGBT Center of Greater Dayton, takes the streets with a parade and festival June 3

Compiled by Amanda Dee

Dayton is home to some gems.

One of those gems is Dayton’s LGBT Center, the organizer of PRIDE Weekend. The LGBT Center has served the area for more than 30 years and, as of December 2016, now has a brick and mortar home at 24 N. Jefferson St., Suite 200.

For this year’s PRIDE Weekend, celebrate all the work accomplished by and with the LGBTQ community. Be proud.


Affair on the Square, Courthouse Square, 23 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton

Friday, June 2, 5–10 p.m.

Kick off PRIDE with food and beer trucks. The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus takes the stage at 6 p.m., and The Rubi Girls headline.


.5K Bar Crawl, Club Masque, MJ’s on Jefferson, The Right Corner, and The Stage Door

Friday, June 2, 10 p.m.

You know you’ve always wanted to crawl. For $15 or $20 for non-members, join a team and follow your captain to the four participating bars: Club Masque, MJ’s on Jefferson, The Right Corner, and The Stage Door. Your ticket includes one cocktail from each bar. The event is sponsored by Svedka Vodka, but you may want to order your regular because this could be a very long, fun night.


Breakfast at MJ’s, MJ’s, 20 N. Jefferson St.

Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.

Post the bar crawl and beer trucks, Wheaties might not cut it. Before the annual parade, grab some breakfast at MJ’s on Jefferson, starting at 9 a.m.


Pride 2017 Parade and Festival, Starts at Second and St. Clair Streets, ends at Courthouse Square

Saturday, June 3, 12–4 p.m.

And now, we see rainbows in Dayton. The parade lines up at 11 a.m., with a check-in at Cooper Park, on the corner of Second and St. Clair Streets. The parade commences at noon, turning right from there onto Third Street, to Jefferson Street. The parade continues north on Jefferson, then left onto Second Street. Then, the procession veers left to Main Street and onward to the Courthouse Square, where festivities light up downtown Dayton until 4 p.m.


Modern Dance, Modern Funk, The Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton

Saturday, June 3, 8 p.m.

Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company unite to present Modern Dance, Modern Funk, a creative interpretation of overcoming racism and homophobia, how it tears down, but also unites those who have experienced either and how we must fight it together.

For the full feature on Modern Dance, Modern Funk, please go to page 17. 


Running with PRIDE 5K, Welcome Park, 1601 Edwin C. Moses Boulevard in Dayton

Sunday, June 4, 9 a.m.

PFLAG Dayton takes two at its second Running with PRIDE 5K, starting at Welcome Park. All proceeds from the 5K go back to PFLAG for its scholarship and education programs.

For the full feature on Running with Pride, please go to page 15. 


Spikes and Heels, Kickball Tournament, Belmont Park, 957 Lynhurst Ave. in Belmont

Sunday, June 4, 12–4 p.m.

Whether you run better in spikes or heels, it’s time to kick. Food trucks and a beer tent will sustain the crowd at the second year of the Spikes and Heels Kickball Tournament. Teams compete not just for a 6-foot trophy, but maybe more significantly, the grand title of Spikes and Heels Champions.

For more information on PRIDE Weekend 2017, please visit or reach President Randy Phillips at 937.274.1776 or

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