Press Release—April 8, 2009
The Capitol Hill Community Council announces the Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2009 on Broadway
Sat. June 27th, 11am—4pm
The Council Wed. April 8th just received permission from the City of Seattle’s Special Events to go forward with the festival in what is believed will become Capitol Hill’s largest annual event.
The format of the festival will be an all ages family fun festival celebrating diversity and community pride. The theme is “Family” and the festival will be open to everyone, LGBT, straight and anyone of any background.
Music, Singing, Entertainment, Fashion Shows Contests, Pet parade, and Face Painting are being planned.
The location will be two blocks directly on Broadway between Olive and Harrison St. from Broadway Grill to Rite Aid. The festival time was scheduled early to not conflict with the historical Dyke March scheduled for later in the afternoon.
Expected Attendance is 2,000 minimum but the Arts and Events committee believe the attendance may reach 10,000.
The Council is developing the festival with the local LGBT organizations and businesses while keeping fiscally responsible. To date, twenty five businesses are supporting the festival and the Arts and Events Committee is working with youth groups to help schedule the festival. The features to be added with funds allowing are Jumbotron screens.
Another feature of the Pride festival for decoration is Broadway lights in the colors of the light spectrum up and down Broadway. These lights would start with the color blue on the North end of Broadway at Roy and "band" to red to Pike and stay up all year helping to uniting Broadway, Subtly identify Capitol Hill as the gay district of Seattle, provide additional lighting for safety and Attract visitors and shoppers to Capitol Hill. The Arts and Events Committee believes this light project would have a high visual impact on a neighborhood not only from a pedestrian level but from an aerial view providing a high profile visual for Capitol Hill. The proposed set is by June 1st for the start of Pride month.
Interested organizations or person interested in helping the festival are encouraged to contact the Arts and Events Committee which is scheduling the festival.
The next meeting is
Sun. April 12, 7pm at
Oddfellows Café on 10th and Pike on Capitol Hill.
Capitol Hill Community Council VP
Arts and Events Committee