Pride on Parade 2014 & Pride Block Party

    October 11, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    4th Avenue, Tucson
    Tucson Pride
    pride on parade


    The Board of Directors of TLGA/Tucson Pride, with it’s partners the North 4th Avenue Merchants Association and Sky Bar, in conjunction with the City of Tucson, are very proud to announce the return of Tucson’s only official LGBT Pride parade, “Pride on Parade”, to 4th Avenue. After a four year absence due to Streetcar construction, Tucson’s LGBT and allied community will once again march on it’s traditional route on Saturday, October 11th at 6pm. The Parade, founded in 2000, has most years taken place on 4th Avenue. “We’ve always felt that the Gay Pride Parade belonged on 4th Avenue” says Kurt Tallis, Events & Marketing Director for the 4th Avenue Merchants Association, “We’re excited to have the Parade back”. The 2014 “Pride on Parade” will take place one week before Tucson’s LGBT Pride event, “Pride in the Desert” which will take place at it’s new home, Kino Sports Complex, on Saturday, October 18th.The parade is scheduled to take place from 6 to 7pm followed by Tucson Pride’s traditional free block party from 7 till 9pm which will feature local entertainers. This year TLGA/Tucson Pride has partnered with “Sky Bar” to produce the block party which will be held on 5th Street between 4th Avenue and the alley and in the “Sky Bar” parking lot. Tucson Pride will be announcing both the entertainment line-up for the block party and it’s 2014 Grand Marshall at a future date. More information can be found on Tucson Pride’s website at Please note: in regards religious observance, sunset on Saturday, October 11 is at 5:56pm.



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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Much longer parade than I’ve ever remembered for this Pride Parade. Lots of enthusiastic people watching the parade proceed along 4th Avenue, with Grand Marshall Daniel Hernandez Jr., followed by LD 9 House Rep. Victoria Steele and LD 2 House Rep. Demion Clinco, and later candidate Dr. Randy Friese for LD 9 House. Parade ended with the AIDS Red Ribbon.


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