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Four Austin suburbs celebrate Pride Month for the first time with LBGTQ events

Four Austin-area cities are celebrating Pride Month for the first time with Pride festivals of their own. (Austin Pride/Facebook)

Four Austin-area cities—Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville and Lockhart—are bringing out the rainbow flags for their first-ever Pride Month events to celebrate their LGBTQ residents.


Here's a look at the four cities celebrating Pride for the first time:

  • Thanks to a group called Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for All Leander (IDEAL), the city of Leander named May 14 Leander Pride Day. The official declaration was celebrated with "A Rainbow to Remember," which featured vendors, food trucks, and an art show and drag show at Wilco WorkSpaces + Events on May 14.
  • Round Rock is set to host its first-ever Pride Festival from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Plaza downtown. The inaugural event will come with appearances from Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan, the city's Pride Founder, Richard Parson, and emceeing from KVUE reporter Tony Plohetski. Other acts include a "Drag Queen Story Time" and a performance from Mini Kween Kee Kee and a performance from the Austin Gay Men's Corus.
  • Downtown Pflugerville will also get decked out in rainbow this month as the city's Pride organization hosts its "Pride Pfestival" from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 18. Acts include an appearance from "RuPaul's Drag Race" queen Tammie Brown, music from Tish and The Mizzbehavin' Band, an LGBTQ panel from State Reps. Celia Israel and Sheryl Cole, and comedy from Ky Krebs and Ava Smartt.
  • Lockhart will host the longest-running festivities of all, with the week of June 12-19 set aside for Lockhart Pride. After nights of community events from movie nights to drag, the week will end with a Pride Fest from 4-10 p.m. at Luna Gardens on June 19.
Meanwhile, Austin's Pride will wait a few months until the annual Pride parade and festival, which will be held on August 20 this year.

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