WEEKEND SCENE: Biggest White Center Pride Street Festival yet

(Also published on partner site White Center Now)

(WSB/WCN photos)

With a nonstop slate of entertainment, 100 vendors, sidewalk food and beverage cafés, a kids’ area, and more, we’d call this the biggest White Center Pride Street Festival yet. 16th SW is closed to vehicle traffic on the blocks both south and north of SW 98th. At the north end, DJ Baby Van Beezly was spinning:

At the south end, Aleksa Manila was leading story time by the King County Library System van:

Steps away, there’s wrestling outside Lariat Bar:

At 16th/98th, you’ll find the White Center Pride organizers – we photographed Kyle, Eliot, and Terry:

Stop by their booth to find out more about WC Pride, including the online silent auction to fund future outreach work, and the optional bracelets you can buy for local specials during the festival. P.S. The vendors include community organizations and businesses from West Seattle as well as White Center. And West Seattle Pride events are ahead too – watch this category of our event-calendar listings.

14 Replies to "WEEKEND SCENE: Biggest White Center Pride Street Festival yet"

  • newnative June 3, 2023 (3:02 pm)

    For some reason i keep getting  an error message when I click on the White Center pride link. It say that it’s detecting unusual activity. 

    • WSB June 3, 2023 (3:28 pm)

      I see that. It was definitely working earlier today, and that’s definitely the right URL. As a website owner, I can vouch for vexing problems like that popping up at exactly the wrong time. I’ll send them a note in case they are (a) checking email while on-site at the festival and (b) not aware of it already …

    • datamuse June 3, 2023 (4:36 pm)

      It was happening for me too, maybe an error with their host? Schedule and map are on their Instagram and Facebook pages, too.

  • Matt June 3, 2023 (4:13 pm)

    Today only?

    • WSB June 3, 2023 (5:01 pm)


  • Gill & Alex June 3, 2023 (5:20 pm)

    Links working fine here using a Mac with Firefox.  We walked through.  What an event!  The largest we’ve ever seen here in little ole White Center since we moved here in 1998.

  • KB1000 June 3, 2023 (6:05 pm)

    Amazing event! Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, vendors and everyone else. This was so fun for the whole family! 

  • Stefanie June 3, 2023 (6:58 pm)

    Can we still buy one of those awesome T-shirts even if we could not attend?

    • Kyle June 4, 2023 (9:50 am)

      Hi! Yes – visit our website whitecenterpride.org and you can purchase all the mech we had onsite :) – Kyle, Ops Director 

  • Joshua Rekitt June 3, 2023 (11:06 pm)

    Hello! My name is Joshua Rekitt and I am the Secretary of White Center Pride. Today was an amazing day and it’s all thanks to this community. This neighborhood and its residents are amazing – really some of the best people (I have ever met) reside and work here. White Center Pride is a 501c3 nonprofit made up of volunteers who live (and love!) in this neighborhood. It is such an honor for all of us to serve the exponentially growing LGBTQIA+ community. I just wanted to leave a note to let you know the website is working again. I haven’t dug deep enough to see where the issue came from but the crowd this year was very large and I assume the spike in traffic caused some issues. Also if you are interested in the shirts – we do have a print on demand store on the website (the items will be mailed directly to you from a third party). It’s always open! Thank YOU White Center for all of your support – this is and always will be YOUR Pride. 

    • datamuse June 4, 2023 (7:21 am)

      It was so great to see so many people at the event! Big congrats to the organizers, well done.

  • Alyssa June 4, 2023 (4:59 pm)

    Great turn out, saddened to see all the trash strung about the streets and plastic straws :( 

    • Eliot June 5, 2023 (8:10 pm)

      Sunday morning we had 8 people collect all the trash and bag it. We filled a dumpster and left a handful of bags to be picked up by WM Monday by the permanent trash cans on 16th

  • CJ June 5, 2023 (3:12 am)

    Was out of town for this one, hope it happens again next year!  Looks like a successful event, wish I would have known about the auction earlier!  

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