Members of the public were able to ask questions and learn more about DCJ, our mission, and our goals. DCJ staff showed their enthusiasm: cheering; dancing; handing out stickers, frisbees, and candy; and engaging with the community. The parade draws thousands of people and includes almost 150 groups who march in the parade including various non-profits, corporations, religious entities, Oregon dignitaries and more. View full list of participants. The parade route begins at the North Park Blocks, winds through Old Town, and ends at the gates of the festival in Waterfront Park.
Fundraisers, parties, and a Pride Glow Run also take place during Portland PRIDE. The festival and parade are hosted by Pride Northwest, a nonprofit started in 1994 that aims to "encourage and celebrate the positive diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans communities, and to assist in the education of all people through the development of activities that showcase the history, accomplishments, and talents of all of these communities."