Hey Quad Cities, it’s time to show your PRIDE! That’s right, QC Pride’s Unity Pride Week is back for the second year!

To help fulfill their mission of promoting awareness and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community in the Quad Cities, QC Pride has a full week of fun events planned. QC Pride Week kicks off Saturday Jun 22 and runs all the way through Saturday Jun 29.

 

Check out some of these amazing opportunities to show your PRIDE:

Saturday Jun 22

Get this incredible week started off with Brunch at the Radisson (111 East Second Street Davenport) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 10% of all revenue will be donated to the QC Unity Pride Organization.

The Unity Pride Parade will take place on Saturday Jun 22. The parade will begin on E. 2nd Street in Davenport at 11 a.m. It will then proceed across the Centennial Bridge and continue onto 3rd Avenue in Rock Island.

Are you a parent that wishes to share the unconditional love you have for children of the LGBTQ+ community, young and old? Check out the Free Mom Hugs Facebook page for more information.

The fun doesn’t end with the parade! Stick around and celebrate at the Parade After-Party. This collaboration of music, food, drinks and fun will take place immediately following the parade. This will be held block party style between Roosters and Roxx Toxx and will include flame thrower entertainment, DJ, drag show and so much more.

 

Sunday Jun 23

QC Pride partners up with Celebration Belle (2501 River Drive Moline) for a Dinner Cruise! This cruise is in honor of Tim Groover, who was a beloved member of the QC Pride board and family.  Enjoy this 2 ½ hour Captain’s Dinner Cruise aboard the Celebration Belle. The evening will start off with a full dinner buffet and will provide live entertainment. Check-in is from 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. with departure scheduled for 5 p.m. Tickets to this adults-only evening are only $50 and can be purchased here.

 

Monday Jun 24

In partnership with the Putnam Museum (1717 W 12th Street Davenport), QC Pride presents a showing of Stonewall on the BIG Screen. From 6 – 9 p.m. you can enjoy a reception with beer, wine and snacks for purchase, an open discussion about facts and history of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Donations for admission are requested.

Stonewall (2015) – Kicked out by his parents, a gay teenager (Jeremy Irvine) leaves small-town Indiana for New York’s Greenwich Village, where growing discrimination against the LGBT community leads to riots on June 28, 1969.

 

Tuesday Jun 25

Get your skates on for a fun-filled family-friendly event at the Eldridge Community Center & Skatepark (400 S 16th Avenue Eldridge) from 5 – 9 p.m. QC Rollers will be kicking the night off with two exhibition skates at 5 and 5:30 p.m. After the excitement, these skillful skaters will be around to skate alongside you and tell you about their sport. For only $5, each person will receive admission and a snack!

 

Wednesday Jun 26

Pink Squirrels will unite for the LARGEST Pub Crawl in the Quad Cities! For only $20 you will get a t-shirt and passport to a night of fun! Complete the whole crawl to win great prizes from local businesses. The Pink Squirrel Pub Crawl will kick off Wednesday night from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. at the following Davenport bars:

Analog Arcade Bar

Bad Boyz Pizza and Pub

Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge

Boozies Bar & Grill

Cru Bottle Shoppe

Endless Brews

Front Street Brewery & Taproom

Great River Brewery

Kilkenny’s Pub

Macstavern Davenport

Mary’s On 2nd

The Office Bar & Lounge

The Phoenix of Davenport Restaurant & Martini Bar

Van’s Pizza, Pub & Grill – Downtown Davenport

Thursday Jun 27

The Pink Squirrel Pub Crawl continues on the Illinois side! Stop by the following Rock Island bars from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. to complete your Pink Squirrel Pub Crawl passport:

The Arena

Bent River Brewing Company – Rock Island

Big Swing Brewing Company

Billy Bobs Redneck Party Bar

Daiquiri Factory

ICONS MARTINI

Roosters Sports Bar & Grill

Rozz-Tox

Steve’s Old Time Tap

The Black Sheep

WAKE Brewing

 

Friday Jun 28

Quad Cities Pride Fest 2019 kicks off at 2nd and Warren Streets in Davenport from 4 p.m. – Midnight. This two-day LGBTQ+ outdoor festival includes Music, Food, Drinks, Art, Drag, Pyro, Belly Dancers, Burlesque and much much more! A weekend pass for adults is only $10 and just $3 for kids (11 and under).

The Quad Cities Pride Festival weekend King & Queen Pageant will take place from 8 – 10 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/quadcitiespridefestivals/ for more information.

 

Saturday Jun 29

The fun continues on the second day of Quad Cities Pride Fest, in the Mary’s on 2nd neighborhood. From 12 p.m. – Midnight you can come celebrate the diversity in our community with Music, Food, Drinks, Art, Drag, Pyro, Belly Dancers, Burlesque and more. A weekend pass for adults is only $10 and just $3 for kids (11 and under).

 

For more information on this pride-filled week, visit https://qcunitypride.org/ or check out QC Pride on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/QCUnityPride.

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.