Timeline of Triumph

From an informal gathering in the late 1990s, Yakima's history of LGBTQ+ community celebrations has continued to grow. Focusing on expansion and sustainability through community & non-profit organization support.

Let us be the first to tell you; Yakima has a rich history of LGBTQ+ celebratory events and with the help of various LGBTQ+ leaders in our community, we have been working hard to paint a complete picture of Yakima's LGBTQ+ history and celebrations of diversity.

We will call this the: Timeline of Triumph

  • In 2018, the Yakima Police Department estimated that around 500+ people attended the Yakima Pride Festival & Parade.

  • In 2019 that number has doubled to more than 1100+ attendees.

  • In 2020, all Yakima Pride events had to be canceled, including the Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, amid coronavirus concerns. Our board of directors have worked very hard to secure funding to build a foundation for the LGBTQ+ community in Yakima County.

  • In 2021, Yakima Pride enters the new year with significant accomplishments, partnerships, and a recipient of various grant awards. We have postponed our annual Rainbow Prom and Yakima Pride Festival & Parade for later in the year amid coronavirus concerns.

Together, we’re building a community that supports the wellness of LGBTQ+ people in Yakima. A community that consistently and constantly celebrates the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities in Yakima County

2022

2021-2022

Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

Saturday, TBD - Pride Day At The Fair

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Central Washington State Fair, 1301 South Fair Ave., Yakima, WA 98908

Saturday, June 18th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Between E Yakima Ave and E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. MAP

Saturday, May 28th - Rainbow Prom

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Centennial Ballroom at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive., Yakima, WA 98902

2021

2021-2022

Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

Saturday, October 30th - Rainbow Prom, Yakima Valley Museum

  • Canceled: Officially canceled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Saturday, October 2nd - Pride Day At The Fair, Central Washington State Fair

  • Canceled: Officially canceled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Saturday, September 18th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Between E Yakima Ave and E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. MAP

Saturday, August 21st - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

  • Postponed: Reschedule amid extreme smoke (wild fire) concerns.

Tuesday, June 22nd - ArtsFund, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, Nonprofit Community Recovery (NCR) grant

  • Yakima Pride, Grant Recipient

Saturday, June 19th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

  • Postponed: Reschedule amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Saturday, May 29th - Rainbow Prom

  • Postponed: Reschedule amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

2020

Saturday, September 17th - Pride Day At The Fair

  • Canceled: Central Washington State Fair officially canceled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Central Washington State Fair, 1301 South Fair Ave., Yakima, WA 98908

Saturday, June 20th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade

    • Canceled: Officially canceled amid corona virus concerns.

    • Between E Yakima Ave and E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. MAP

Saturday, May 30th - Rainbow Prom

    • Canceled: Officially canceled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

    • Centennial Ballroom at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive., Yakima, WA 98902

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - Official Yakima Pride office established

    • 15 N Naches Ave Ste 21., Yakima, WA 98901 MAP

2019

2019

Humanities Washington and The Center for Washington State Cultural Traditions Grant Recipient

2019

Pride Foundation, Community Grant Recipient

2019

ACLU, The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State Grant Recipient

Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - Pride of the Folk: A Conversation on LGBTQ+ Tradition in the Yakima Valley

  • presented by Humanities Washington and The Center for Washington State Cultural Traditions

  • West Valley Community Library, 223 S 72nd Ave., Yakima, Washington 98908

Saturday, June 8th, 2019 - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, Naches Parkway

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Fiscal sponsor, Between the Ridges

  • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

Friday, June 7th - Yakima Pride is an official a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

  • Received IRS Determination Letter. Effective date of exemption: May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17th - Yakima Pride applied for tax-exempt status.

  • Submitted IRS 501(c)(3) application.

Thursday, May, 16th, 2019 - Rainbow Prom

  • Hosted by Yakima Pride

  • Centennial Ballroom at the Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive., Yakima, WA 98902

Below are Events and Celebrations of PRIDE in the Yakima Valley from various individuals, groups, and organizations.

The information below was gathered from various online sources and community contributions. This also includes the individuals, groups, and organizations that hosted the events and celebration listed in the Timeline Of Triumph.

If you have information on previous LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations in the Yakima Valley, we would love to hear about it, and if you have any promotional materials, photos, posters, etc., you are welcome to donate them to the Timeline Of Triumph for all to see!

The accuracy of the information is subject to change as more accurate data is discovered.

Please Email hello@yakimapride.org to tell your story or make a historic donation.

2018

  • Saturday, June 2nd - Yakima Pride Fest & March

    • Hosted by Act Yakima

    • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

2017

  • Saturday, June 17th - Yakima Pride Fest & March

    • Hosted by Act Yakima

    • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

2016

2015

  • Saturday, July 25th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by

    • Chesterly Park 600-1599 River Road., Yakima, Washington 98902

2014

2013

  • Saturday, July 27th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, GayYakima.com

    • Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

2012

2011

  • Saturday, July 30th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

    • Pride Dance

      • Howard Johnson Hotel, 9 N 9th St. Yakima, WA

    • You Make the Difference Awards

      • Howard Johnson Hotel, 9 N 9th St. Yakima, WA

2010

2009

  • Sunday, June 14th - Central Washington Diversity Coalition Pride Family Barbecue and Shindig

    • Hosted by

    • Club 54, 2014 S. First St., Yakima, WA.

    • Worship Service

      • Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church, 225 N. 2nd St. (in the Unitarian Universalist Church)

  • Saturday, June 13th - Yakima Pride Fest

    • Hosted by Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church

    • Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902

    • Rainbow Pride Dance

      • Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church, 225 N. 2nd St. (in the Unitarian Universalist Church)

2008

  • Saturday, June 14th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.

    • Pride Dance

      • Howard Johnson Plaza, 9 N. 9th St., Yakima, WA

2007

  • Saturday, June 9th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.

2006

  • Saturday, June 10th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.

    • Pride Dance

      • 8 West Washington in Yakima, WA

    • You Make the Difference Awards

      • 8 West Washington., Yakima, WA

2005

  • Sunday, June 12th - Pride Worship and Continental breakfast

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • 223 North 1st Street, Yakima. Proceeds go to the new LGBT youth support group, Y.O.U.

  • Saturday, June 11th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park

    • Hosted by 1st Fridays, Gayakima.com

    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.

    • Seattle Gay News, First Fridays, Club 54, Holiday Inn Express, and the American Lung Association-WA

    • Pride Dance

      • Club 54, 2014 South 1st St., Yakima, WA.

    • You Make The Difference Awards (awards given to organizations and individuals who have made a difference to the Gay community of Yakima and south central Washington).

      • Club 54, 2014 South 1st St., Yakima, WA.

  • Friday, June 10th - Show & Dance

    • Hosted by Club 54

      • Club 54, 2014 South 1st St., Yakima, WA.

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999