Celebrate Your Quad Cities Pride This Week!
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
Front Street Brewery & Taproom
Great River Brewery
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:
Bent River Brewing Company – Rock Island
Big Swing Brewing Company
Billy Bobs Redneck Party Bar
Roosters Sports Bar & Grill
Steve’s Old Time Tap
The Black Sheep
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).