Booths and people and trees under a sunny sky for NKY Pride Festival in Mainstrasse Village Covington, KY

NKY Pride Parade and Festival 2022

Spring is flying by, and summer will be upon us soon! So, mark your calendar for Northern Kentucky’s first big summer celebration after Memorial Day: NKY Pride. This year, a week of events will culminate in the NKY Pride Parade and Festival scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Three drag queens dressed in 18th century dresses and wigs

Now in its 12th year, NKY Pride celebrates the vitality and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community here in Northern Kentucky. The annual NKY Pride Parade (organized by the NKY Pride Center and hosted by the City of Covington) will kick-off Pride Day. This festive procession of local organizations and businesses—featuring plenty of rainbow flags—will launch from the Covington Riverfront at Madison Ave. and 3rd St. at 1pm and head to Main Street in the city’s historic Mainstrasse Village. Listed on the National Historic Registry, this vibrant neighborhood of restored 19th-century structures is home to unique shops, galleries, and some of Covington’s finest restaurants.

Nearby Goebel Park will host the NKY Pride Festival from 12 noon until 5pm—before, during and after the parade.

Drag Queen Sarah Jessica Darker dancing in front of NKY Pride crowd at Hotel Covington

And if you haven’t had enough Pride festivities, stop by the Hotel Covington for the official NKY Pride Afterparty from 5pm until 8:30pm!

NKY Events the Week of Pride

A whole week of events will lead up to NKY Pride Day:

5/31      LGBTQ Youth Party at the NKY Pride Center

6/1        Queers with Gears - A Pride Bike Ride for Action, hosted by Lil's Bagels EDIT - Due to weather, the Bike Ride will be held on Friday, June 3 instead. 

6/2        Official Kick Off to NKY Pride at Braxton Brewing - 5 - 9 pm at Braxton Brewing Company in Covington. Show starts at 6 pm. 

6/3        Bellevue First Friday Pride Month Pub Crawl + Pride Community Night at the Reds Game

6/4        NKY Pre Pride Pop-Up Shop - 11-2 pm

6/5        NKY Pride Festival (12 noon – 5pm) in Goebel Park and on 6th St., Covington

 NKY Pride Parade (1pm – 2pm) in Covington

 Official Afterparty at Hotel Covington (5pm – 8:30pm)

Save the Date for Outreels 2022, the Cincy/NKY Area LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Outreels Cincinnati and NKY 2022, November 4-6

Need more LGBTQ+ events to add to your calendar? The OutReels Film Festival is scheduled for November 4, 5 and 6 at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater located just across the river in Cincinnati. OutReels is a volunteer-run organization that “seeks to enlighten, educate, and entertain the community through the exhibition and discussion of LGBT-themed films.” The Outreels Film Festival showcases shorts, features, and documentary LGBTQ+ films from around the world. More details about featured films—and celebrity visits—are coming soon!