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Monterey Peninsula Pride
Parade and Celebration


Saturday July 20th, 2019
Custom House Plaza

Parade 11am — Celebration 12 pm


Parade 11am — 12pm

Parade Kickoff Speech

  • Congressmember Jimmy Panetta (D-CA 20th District)

Celebration 12pm — 3pm

Celebration Kickoff Performance

  • Kinder Creatures

Celebration Speakers

  • Mayor Clyde Roberson, City of Monterey

  • Councilmember Jeff Baron, Carmel-By-The-Sea

  • Interfaith Welcome

    • Rev. Michelle Jelinch, Progressive Christian
      Unity Church of Monterey Bay, Monterey

    • Rev. Axel & Elaine Gehrmann, Unitarian Universalist
      Unitarian Universalist Church of Monterey Peninsula, Carmel

    • Rev. Debbie Mcdonnell, New Thought
      Monterey Center For Spiritual Living, Monterey

    • Rev. Sara Hunsaker, Zen Buddhist Priest
      Monterey Bay Zen Center, Monterey/Carmel

    • Rev. Jay Shinseki, Buddhist
      Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple, Seaside

    • Rev. Kenneth Murray, Baptist
      The Only Way Outreach Ministries, Seaside

  • Steven Goings & Quazar, Coordinator CSUMB NCBI

  • Mickey Welsh, Grand Marshal, ACLU

  • Paul Richmond, Artist/Activist

  • Sarah Luiz Chandler, Rainbow Speakers and Friends

  • Bianca Zamor, Artist/Poet

Drag Show

  • DJ AyumiPlease

  • Rufi-Oh

  • Armani

  • Trans Jenner

  • Destiny Michaels

  • Athena D-Amore

  • Catinni P. Vandon


The parade will begin at 11am at Hartnell St. & Polk. St. with a kickoff speech from Congress Member Jimmy Panetta. We will then march down Polk and Alvarado Streets to Custom House Plaza.

If you are planning on marching in the parade, join us at Polk St starting at 10am. We will also be making signs to help show your pride!

2019-parade route


Community Human Services

Old Monterey Business Association

Farmers Insurance — The Watson Agency in Watsonville

Whole Foods Market

Paper Wing Theater

ACLU Monterey County Chapter

Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey


Baker’s Pride Pop-Ups

The Dali Expo

Galante Vineyards

Juan Reyes, Graphic Designer

MY Museum - Monterey County Youth Museum

Trader Joe’s Pacific Grove

Wave Street Studios

… and to the hundreds of individuals who contributed their time and money to help make this program possible.

Youth programing made possible through a grant from



The day after the pride parade and celebration, join a panel of pride organizers and local community members as they discuss the event and development of the new nonprofit Monterey Peninsula Pride. A Q+A will take place after the panel for our live audience members. This panel is free and welcome to all.

Sunday, June 21st
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Wave Street Studios
774 Wave St. Monterey, CA 93940

Can't be there in person? No problem! You can watch Wave Street Studios' live feed of the panel here: https://youtu.be/ILvbhA18TTI

This year's panelists include:

  • Quazar: Coordinator, National Coalition Building Institute, CSUMB

  • Tyller Williamson: Co-chair/Co-founder, Monterey Peninsula Pride

  • Mickey Welsh: Constitutional Lawyer/Activist, American Civil Liberties Union


Get your Monterey Peninsula Pride logo t-shirts and sweatshirts on our online store hosted by Central Coast Silkscreen.

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Recurring Events


Bowling at Monterey Lanes
Third Monday Every Month

Join the LGBTQ & Friends Meetup Group for Monday Mayhem at Monterey Lanes. After 9 p.m., there are $3 games and $3 shoe rentals. This is always a family-friendly event. Don’t forget your socks!

Trivia at London Bridge Pub
First TuesdaY Every MOnth

If you're good at geography, sports, pop culture and more, join the LGBTQ & Friends Meetup Group for Trivia Tuesday at London Bridge Pub. Buy-in for $1 and enjoy a stocked beer and food menu all night.

Social Hour at Springhill Suites
Every Thursday

Tired from a long day at work and need a little pick-me-up? Join the Monterey Bay GLBTQ Network for Social Hour every Thursday at Springhill Suites in Marina. Good people, good drinks, good vibes all around.

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Meeting of Friendship
SEcond Monday Every Month

Rainbow Speakers & Friends invites families and friends to share a safe space for a monthly meeting of friendship. And yes, there will be snacks!


Social at The Tavern
Every Wednesday

Join our Salinas Valley Pride friends for Social Wednesdays at the Salinas Sports Tavern from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy drinks specials and no cover.


Drag, Dance and Comedy nights
One Saturday Night A Month

Echelon Entertainment is here to bring you comedy, drag, live music and tasty drinks at Planet Gemini, all served with a side of sass! Tickets cost $20.


Friends To Follow


Celebrate Pride

The purpose of the annual Monterey Peninsula Pride and Celebration is to unite and serve local LGBTQ+ communities by celebrating our histories, pursuing multicultural equity, developing LGBTQ+ leadership, educating ourselves and others, and cultivating alliances. 

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Find Support

As resources grow in monterey county, We’re building a directory of LGBTQ-friendly service providers and organizations to support you and your family. From Youth services to support groups, congregations to counseling centers, our goal is to keep the community connected and cared for.


Give Back

We have a whole lot of work to do, and every little bit counts. Your Contribution will support our vision to build a community in which all genders and sexualities are equally welcomed and celebrated. With your help, we can get there that much faster.

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Get Connected

New in town and trying to find your fellow rainbows? We remember what that’s like. Check out our list of groups in the area so you can get connected. As more social groups and student clubs emerge in our community, we’ll make sure you’re the first to know.