Friday June 2, 2023
4 p.m. @ Director Park
Come along on a bicycle parade commemorating Darcelle XV, Pride Month, and World Bicycle Day brought to you by the Visit Downtown Portland Campaign, Black Business Association of Oregon, and The Street Trust! This fun community event is hosted by celebrated Portland drag queen Poison Waters!
Join us in Director Park at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2nd.
This family-friendly event is for everyone! All Wheels Welcome! We’ll enjoy a stately (i.e. slow) parade of 1.5 fabulous miles that will take us past spots from Portland’s rich 2SLGBTQIA+ history. The parade will end at the Cart Blocks Food Cart Pod with a dance party featuring some surprise guests.
Special thanks to ride ambassadors from BikePOC PNW! BikePOC PNW actively creates space for BIPOC folks to ride bikes, build community, forge life-long friendships, and challenge the status quo.
Need a bike? There are BIKETOWN stations at SW Yamhill and Director Park Station.
Our 1.5-mile route will feature mini dance party stops in three street plazas and take us by points of interest from Portland’s 2SLGBTQIA+ past and present, like the office and residence of famed 1900’s lesbian Doc Marie Equi; Vera Katz Park, former mayor and gay ally; and Pride Plaza, one of our new street plazas filled with street art, public seating, and community activities.
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
Information coming soon.
About the Visit Downtown Campaign
The Visit Downtown Campaign is a program of Downtown Portland Clean & Safe, Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Portland. It promotes Downtown Portland to the greater Portland metro region. Marketing programs include holiday promotional efforts, robust social media messaging, events and programming, seasonal cooperative retail and restaurant promotions, and public relations campaigns to promote Downtown businesses. Downtown businesses may participate in the program at no charge. Visit DowntownPortland.org for more information.
About The Black Business Association of Oregon
The Black Business Association of Oregon (BBAO) is an economic development organization that strives to achieve economic equity that is sustainable and lasting in the state of Oregon. The BBAO partners with, and supports other Black led organizations who work to improve the lives of Black Oregonians across the state. The BBAO implements economic development best practices to help Black businesses grow and prosper. The BBAO collaborates with our elected officials to develop policies that lead to large-scale changes that bring about equity across the state of Oregon. The BBAO engages with philanthropic communities and encourage them to make investments into the BEPA to bring about economic equity. Visit bbaoregon.org for more information.
About The Street Trust
The Street Trust is a membership advocacy organization representing street users from across Greater Portland. We advocate to break the political gridlock to address unsafe and incomplete public streets that threaten lives and livelihoods, and to win policy and investments that save lives, reduce barriers, and expand opportunities to the people and neighborhoods our current system neglects. We envision a complete, safe, low-carbon, multimodal transportation system that contributes to equity in access, opportunity, health, and prosperity for people and communities across the Portland Metro Region and beyond. Visit TheStreetTrust.org for more information.