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Davis Pride volunteers spray temporary chalk paint on a sidewalk on Fifth Street in Davis in May 2019. (Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo)

(From press release) The rainbows will return this year, with a modified Davis Pride Festival in June. Events include live music, drag queens, Rollerblading and more.

While organizers finalize the details, here’s an outline of the plans so far:

Thursday, May 27: At 10 a.m., Davis Phoenix Coalition representatives will speak at the virtual Davis Chamber of Commerce meeting. The presentation will offer practical tips on how businesses can be welcoming to LGBTQ individuals. Participants will receive a rainbow poster to hang in store windows that show their support of Davis Pride.

Sunday, May 30: Volunteers will paint rainbows on the crosswalks surrounding Central Park. Painting will begin at 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 30 and continue until about 11 a.m. To volunteer, go to http://bit.ly/rainbowcrosswalks. Meanwhile, the city will hang Davis Pride rainbow banners throughout town, on display throughout June.

Business owners are asked to show their support by hanging a rainbow flag poster in their window. Posters will be free, and available by emailing admin@davisphoenixco.org.

Saturday, June 12: Davis Pride plans a Rainbow Skate Party ­– an evening of inline skating under the Farmers Market pavilion, 401 C St. in Davis. Watch for details and times.

Sunday, June 13: Davis Pride teams up with the Davis Craft and Vintage Market in Central Park, 401 C St. The Davis Pride Festival will provide entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including live bands and a drag queen revue. The craft fair, traditionally on the first Sunday of the month, is returning for a second fair in June, on the second Sunday. Health guidelines require participants to have tickets (donation-based) and assigned seating. More information will be available soon.

Friday, June 25: Rainbows will light up the monthly Bike Party Davis ride. Participants will gather at 7 p.m. at the north end of Central Park. The ride will go from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on an easy, 8-mile loop through town.

June is National Pride Month. Davis festivities are traditionally celebrated in May, when UC Davis students are still in school. With Aggies doing online learning, this year’s event is in June. The 2020 event was virtual. Some virtual activities will be part of this year’s celebration as well. Stay tuned for further information.

Davis Pride is produced by Davis Phoenix Coalition, a nonprofit that works to foster diversity, eliminate intolerance, prevent hate-motivated violence and support LGBTQ+ youths. The coalition was founded in the aftermath of a 2013 anti-gay attack on Davis resident “Mikey” Partida. Proceeds from Davis Pride support the coalition’s anti-racism and anti-bullying campaigns, support to LGBTQ+ youths and their families, and outreach with area police departments, churches and schools. To donate, go to https://davisphoenixco.org/donate.

The Davis Pride Committee is looking for stories of pride resilience. If you have one to share, email admin@davisphoenixco.org. To follow details as they unfold, visit https://www.davispride.org/, and follow Davis Pride on Facebook and Instagram.



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