PHOTOS: Fayetteville’s Dickson Street alive with Pride as thousands join annual parade

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and several members of the City Council lead the annual NWA Pride Parade along Dickson Street in Fayetteville on Saturday, June 24, 2023. (Photos by Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)

It was another huge turnout for the NWA Pride Parade on Dickson Street in downtown Fayetteville.

Despite temperatures in the mid-90s, thousands of people gathered for the event, which began near East Avenue at 5 p.m. Saturday and traveled west toward the University of Arkansas campus for about an hour.

The 19th annual parade this year followed the day-long Pride Festival, which included several events around the downtown area, but was centered around the parking lot at West Avenue and Dickson Street.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and several members of the City Council led the procession, while representatives from event organizers Northwest Arkansas Equality walked in the final group at the back of the parade.

The parade paused briefly to recognize the families involved in a lawsuit against the state, in which a federal judge’s ruling just days before struck down Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors.

The weekend’s events kicked off on Friday with the annual Trans March, which also included a rally and festival at the Town Center (see those photos here).

Below are our photos from Saturday’s parade: