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 our Timeline of Triumph.


In 2018, the Yakima Police Department estimated that around 500+ people attended the Yakima Pride Festival & Parade, and in 2019 that number has continued to grow to more than 1000+ attendees.


As 2020 begins, Yakima Pride enters the new year with some significant accomplishments and partnerships that we would like to share with you below.


  • Yakima Pride is now a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
  • Pride Foundation grant recipient.
  • Partnership with the Center for Washington State Cultural Traditions.
  • Partnership with The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State.


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 the Yakima Valley.

If you have more information on previous Yakima LGBTQ+ celebrations, please send us an email with your story, we would love to hear about all the pride celebrations and events that have happened in Yakima, Washington. Email hello@yakimapride.org to tell your story.

2020

  • Saturday, June 20th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade (hosted by YAKIMA PRIDE) Location to be determined
    • First Official Yakima Pride Festival & Parade hosted by Yakima Pride, a federally recognized nonprofit organization, founded May 17th, 2019, exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3).
    • Founding Board Of Directors
      • Cristina Ortega
      • Joshua Hastings
      • Andrew Peneku
      • Kyle Curtis

2019

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

2019

  • Saturday, June 8th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade
    • Fiscal sponsor, Between the Ridges
    • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

2019

  • Friday, May 17th - Yakima Pride applied for tax-exempt status.
    • Submitted IRS 501(c)(3) application

2018

  • Saturday, June 2nd - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade
    • Hosted by Act Yakima
    • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

2017

  • Saturday, June 17th - Yakima Pride Festival & Parade
    • Hosted by Act Yakima
    • Performance Park, 100 Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901

2015

  • Saturday, July 25th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park
    • Chesterly Park 600-1599 River Road., Yakima, Washington 98902

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

2011

  • Saturday, July 30th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park
    • Hosted by 1st Fridays
    • 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

  • 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)
  • Sunday, June 14th - Central Washington Diversity Coalition Pride Family Barbecue and Shindig
    • Club 54, 2014 S. First St., Yakima, WA.
    • Worship Service
      • 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
    • 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
    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, WA.

2006

  • Saturday, June 10th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park
    • Hosted by 1st Fridays
    • 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

  • Saturday, June 11th - Yakima Pride Fest: Pride in the Park
    • Hosted by 1st Fridays
    • Fulbright Park, 4508 Main St., Union Gap, 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.
  • Sunday, June 12th - Pride Worship and Continental breakfast
    • Hosted by 1st Fridays
    • 223 North 1st Street, Yakima. Proceeds go to the new LGBT youth support group, Y.O.U.
  • Friday, June 10th - Show & Dance
    • Hosted by Club 54
      • Club 54, 2014 South 1st St., Yakima, WA.
  • Sponsors
    • Seattle Gay News, First Fridays, Club 54, Holiday Inn Express, and the American Lung Association-WA

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