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Rainbows will be ready for Davis Pride

Davis Pride volunteers move stencils on May 10, 2019, while painting temporary chalk on a Fifth Street crosswalk in Davis. (Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo)

(From press release) Rainbow crosswalks, live music, drag queens and skating are all on the calendar as Davis celebrates June is Pride Month.

The Davis Pride Festival will be Sunday, June 13 in Central Park, 401 C St., Davis. Several activities lead up to and follow that celebration:

On Thursday, May 27, 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 Pride Month.

The popular rainbow crosswalks will be painted around Central Park on Sunday, May 30. Volunteers will begin spraying the temporary chalk paint at 6 a.m., and continue until about 11 a.m. To volunteer, go to

Meanwhile, the city will hang Davis Pride rainbow banners throughout town, on display throughout June. The Davis City Council passed a resolution allowing the rainbow flag to be flown at City Hall as well.

Business owners are asked to show their support by hanging a rainbow flag poster in their window. Posters are free, and available by emailing

A Rainbow Skate Party is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 in Central Park. Inline and roller-skating participants are welcome to roll to DJ music in an area that will be fenced off under the Davis Farmers Market pavilion. Those wearing rainbow gear will be eligible to win prizes.

Davis Pride teams up with the Davis Craft and Vintage Market for the Davis Pride Festival on Sunday, June 13. The festival will have entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including live bands and a drag queen revue. The craft market, traditionally on the first Sunday of the month, is returning for a second market in June. Health guidelines require participants to have tickets and assigned seating to attend the show. Tickets are free, with donations accepted.

On 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 to 8 p.m. on an easy, 8-mile loop through town. In honor of the late Cathy Speck, the best-decorated bicycle will win a “Specktacular” gift basket of swag from a local bike shop.

June is National Pride Month. Davis festivities are traditionally celebrated in May, when UC Davis students are still in school. With most Aggies doing online learning, this year’s celebration is in June. The 2020 event was virtual.

Other Davis groups or individuals planning pride activities in June are asked to contact Davis Pride at to collaborate. Email

Davis Pride is produced by the 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

The Davis Pride Committee is looking for stories of pride resilience. If you have one to share, email To follow details as they unfold, visit, and follow Davis Pride on Facebook and Instagram.


Eileen Samitz

For folks who may be looking for rainbow-themed faces masks and especially if you love cats and dogs, Yolo SPCA has a number of rainbow pet-themed masks for its kitty fundraiser. To view them, they are displayed both the Yolo SPCA website and its Facebook page as well with all the info how to get them.

The rainbow patterns include #3, 7, 15, 16, 19, 22, and 25, and the last three also come in two kids sizes (with adjustable elastic). Here are the web links for the photos and contact info to order them:

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