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Pride of Pasadena

All are welcome. The vibrant and diverse Pasadena communities are a welcoming place for all cultures and identities. Explore the LGBTQ+ friendly and owned businesses, experience the special Pride events, and come as you are.

ALL ARE WELCOME IN PASADENA

Visit Pasadena launched a city-wide “All Are Welcome in Pasadena”. Look for the window decal at business entryways, proudly displaying the Pasadena Pride Rose, a design that expresses solidarity with all identities using the colors of the Pride flag to color the petals. Visitors are invited to share their images of the campaign with a @visitpasadena or #visitpasadena tag on Instagram to be featured.

Proud Pasadena Hangouts

History is hardly ever tidy, but Pasadena, California has been proudly celebrating all identities since The Boulevard Bar was established over 40 years ago. Today, it remains one of Pasadena’s staples. Enjoy the vibrant experiences Pasadena's LGBTQIA+ owned businesses offer, from sensational drag nights and spooky escape rooms to delicious handmade pastas and mouthwatering burgers.

Pasadena's only gay bar, The Boulevard Bar, was established in 1979 and provides a judgement free zone filled with dragulous energy. There's karaoke every night and drag queens will slay the stage with an array of performances on Friday Night Drag, hosted by Borgia Bloom with her girls. Every Sunday, hot bears and cold beers are in the BearGarden at The Boulevard.

Pride Around Town

CITY OF PASADENA PRIDE

All are welcome in Pasadena, where The City of Pasadena proudly raises the Pride Flag at City Hall. The special flag was designed by non-binary artist Daniel Quasar and made by San Diego-based Pride Flag SD, followed by a series of interactive and family friendly events. In historic Old Pasadena, visitors will experience the district’s powerful “commUNITY” campaign and “All Are Welcome” messaging while enjoying romantic and diverse shopping and dining experiences.

SGV Pride is October 14th

In October, SGV Pride will celebrate National Coming Out day with a celebration at Pasadena's Central Park, with the historic Castle Green and the majestic San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop.

Pasadena's National Coming Out Day Celebration

A Historic Moment

In 2014, a gay couple exchanged wedding vows on a wedding cake float as part of the Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme that year was "Dreams Come True" and wedding was televised and widely reported. It was the first time a same-sex couple had been married at the Rose Parade, marking a historic moment that prompted cheers and complaints alike. That year, some TV stations cut away from the float. Because of this, Pasadena was named second on Advocate's 2014 list of Gayest Cities in America.

The Rose Parade's First Gay Wedding