2022 Portland Pride Parade & Waterfront Festival | Featuring Grand Marshal Bolivia Carmichaels

Portland’s Pride Festival & Pride Parade are back in 2022 in Downtown Portland. The festival’s mission is to elevate, celebrate, and educate the LGBTQ+ community in Oregon and SW Washington.


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From website:
Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade
June 18-19, 2022
Saturday Noon-6PM
Sunday 11:30AM-6PM
More info: portlandpride.org

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204

Portland Pride Parade – 11AM Sunday, June 19
The parade steps off at NW Couch St and NW 8th Ave, traveling east down NW Couch St. Once the parade reaches Naito Pkwy it turns south and proceeds down to the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival.

Parade Grand Marshal: Bolivia Carmichaels
Bolivia Carmichaels has long been an LGBTQIA2S+ community treasure, particularly in the Portland metro area. Brainchild of lifelong Portlander Daniel Elliott, “Bolivia” was born at the famed City Nightclub in 1994. Since that time, she has become one of the most respected and talented drag performers in Portland, and beyond. Whether hosting at the Embers Avenue nightclub or CC Slaughters, a cast member at Darcelle XV & Co, or headlining at Bally’s Indigo Lounge in Las Vegas, Bolivia’s talent is clear. Whether breaking fundraising records for The Sweethearts of Portland or presenting to and mentoring high school and college students, Bolivia’s joy in performing and love of community has long been apparent.

It is that love of community that truly shone through when crisis hit our region. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept into Portland in March of 2020, Bolivia jumped into action. At a time when her own livelihood was directly threatened by the pandemic shutdowns, she put community at the center. Recognizing the very real isolation looming over our people, in addition to free-to-the-public weekly virtual shows, Bolivia launched a series of traveling performances, Bolivia Carmichaels’ Road Show, across the Portland metro region. North and south, east to west, crowd size was of no concern. Performing in streets, parking lots, and cul-de-sacs, Bolivia hit the road, often multiple shows a day. Wherever invited, Bolivia showed up, bringing smiles and connection during some really dark times. Such generosity with her time and talent was of no surprise to many but is deeply appreciated.

Pride Northwest is honored to recognize Bolivia Carmichaels’ contributions to our community and to have her as the 2022 Portland Pride Parade Grand Marshal!


Pride has been celebrated in Portland since the early 1970s, with the first outdoor celebration in 1976. Pride Northwest, Inc. has organized the annual Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade since 1994.

In order to enter the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival this year, for the safety of everyone, we are requiring proof of COVID19 vaccination.

The Portland Pride Festival is the single, largest visibility opportunity for our region’s LGBTQ+ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much-needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ+ business community and to the city as a whole. LGBTQ+ community members travel here from all over the Pacific Northwest to celebrate themselves and each other, in what is often the only safe and open environment that they may experience for the year. Pride Northwest is particularly committed to providing the Pride celebration, in order to create a safe and celebratory environment for our young people. Not only do things get better, Pride is what better looks like!




  1. Marisa on June 13, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I was wondering if the parade is going on Friday the 17th. Different sources say different things. Also if there isn’t this parade on Friday is there any other pride events going on Friday? I hope I can get an answer soon. Thank you.

  2. Anna Dupierre on June 15, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Everybody say Love!
    Will be marching in Parade with my awesome company!

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