Each year, the Waco Pride Network hosts OUT on Brazos, a festival celebrating the Greater Waco LGBTQ+ community and its allies. The day-long event features musical performances, food trucks, vendors and community. The event takes place in October of each year to commemorate National Coming Out Day (also, y'all, it's HOT in Waco in June).
The 2019 festivities sponsored by Lake Air Pool Supply blew us away as more than 500 attendees came to the day-long celebration, which featured more than 40 vendors, multiple musicians, a drag show, community speeches and so much more. Check out event photos here.
It all began in 2017 when the OUT on the Brazos Planning Committee relaunched Waco Pride. What began as a picnic grew to an event of 200-400 people in Cameron Park and received substantial local coverage. Check out event photos here.
In 2018, the Waco Pride Network officially organized and launched as a nonprofit to host the OUT on the Brazos event. Despite inclement weather, the event was attended by about 250 people over three hours. Check out event photos here.
After some difficult discussions, the Waco Pride Network board has decided to cancel this year's OUT on the Brazos pride festival.
Looking at the uncertainty surrounding events in the fall, the additional person power it would take to keep the event safe for all, the mental wellbeing of our volunteers during this time, and the financial strain our vendors and sponsors are all facing, we felt we could no longer ensure an event that would live up to the OUT on the Brazos name or that we could hold an event meant to celebrate and honor our community through this effort.
This gutwrenching decision did not come lightly.
Despite the decision, we’re exploring options to ensure the community has something to look forward to this October.
Interested vendors can fill out this form. Anyone interested in sponsorship can contact Pride Planning Chair Jeffrey Vitarius.
If you are interested in helping with this year's event, especially in any of the above ways, please contact Pride Volunteer Coordinator Amissa Hackworth.