Here's why Austin gets to celebrate Pride in both June and August
The month of June is internationally recognized as Pride Month, and cities across the world are hosting parades and festivals to celebrate their LGBTQ+ communities.
Most cities celebrate Pride in June to honor activists who were part of the Stonewall Riots in New York City in June of 1969. Those riots were a tipping point in the gay rights movement.
But Austin's Pride celebration isn’t until August. There's no official reason for this, but according to KUT, it may be simply because Austin doesn't have to compete with other cities for festival-goers and volunteers.
August is also typically drier than June in Austin, so rain is less of a concern and rain insurance is more affordable for festival organizers.
With college students making up a large percentage of participants and volunteers helping to pull off Pride, August is also a better time than June because many students who left for the summer have returned.
This year's Pride parade and festival are scheduled for August 12.
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