The parade begins at 11 a.m., with lineup starting at 9:00 a.m. It will travel down Dickson Street and end at Old Main lawn on the University of Arkansas campus. The festival, which begins immediately afterward at noon, will take place at the Fayetteville Town Center Plaza on the Historic Downtown Square and feature community speakers, food and craft vendors, a beer garden and dance party with live music.
Fayetteville has long been a supporter of equal rights, and this is most prominently evidenced during the annual NWA Pride, which celebrates its 11th year in 2017. The Human Rights Campaign consistently lists Fayetteville at the top of its Municipal Equality Index for Arkansas. The index is an evaluation examining cities’ “laws, policies and services, and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.”
Events taking place during NWA Pride Week include:
- Sunday, June 18 - Volleyball Field Day at Memorial Park, Bentonville
- Monday, June 19 - Trans Pride Night at Club C4, Fayetteville
- Tuesday, June 20 - Family Night at Terra Studios, Fayetteville
- Wednesday, June 21 - Happy Hour at Travola Trattoria, Bentonville
- Thursday, June 22 - Diva Drag Bingo at Foghorn’s, Fayetteville
- Friday, June 23 - Pub Crawl on Dickson Street, Fayetteville
- Friday, June 23 - Drag Show at Club C4, Fayetteville
- Saturday, June 24 - NWA Pride Parade on Dickson Street, Fayetteville
- Saturday, June 24 - NWA Pride Festival at Fayetteville Town Center Plaza, Fayetteville
- Sunday, June 25 - Interfaith Potlock at Spirit of Peace, Fayetteville
The NWA Pride Parade and Festival are held in the Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District that is home to other popular things to do, including the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, Walton Arts Center and a variety of art galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Experience Fayetteville signed on to be a platinum sponsor for the 2017 NWA Pride festivities and is proud to promote acceptance and equality for residents and visitors alike.
For more information about NWA Pride and its organizer, the NWA Center for Equality, visit nwapride.org.
Photo Credit: Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer