Pride parade marches on in Fayetteville as crowds beat the heat

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan helps lead the annual NWA Pride Parade along Dickson Street in Fayetteville on Saturday, June 29, 2024. (Photos by Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)

FAYETTEVILLE — The heat was no match for the crowds at the annual Pride parade.

Despite a temperature of 98 degrees and a heat index of 108, thousands of people gathered on and around Dickson Street for the parade, which began near East Avenue at 5 p.m. Saturday and traveled west toward the University of Arkansas campus for about an hour.

As usual, the 20th annual parade this year followed the day-long Pride Festival, which included several events around the downtown area.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan and several members of the City Council helped lead the procession, which was paused briefly to allow a train to cross Dickson Street.

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

Here are some of our photos from Saturday’s parade: