Toledo Pride 2016 FAQ’s

Everything you need to know about Toledo Pride!

FRIDAY EVENTS

What time does KISS ‘N’ Drag start?

  • KISS ‘N’ Drag, the official Toledo Pride kick-off party, in downtown Toledo. There will be food and drink vendors available and live entertainment until midnight. The main show starts at 10pm hosted by 92.5 KISS-FM’s.

How much does KISS ‘N’ Drag cost?

  • Admission to KISS ‘N’ Drag is $5 or $3 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All proceeds and food donations will benefit the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, which provides warehousing services for dozens of local non-profits.

I forgot to pre-register for the Nite Glo 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll, is it too late?

  • Of course not! You can register on the day of the race at International Park. We should have plenty, but t-shirt and participation medal availability will is not guaranteed in the event we have a huge turnout.

What time is the Nite Glo 5K?

  • On-site registration for the Nite Glo 5K starts at 7pm in International Park (NOT the University of Toledo as in past years). The race will start at dusk, about 8:30pm. Usually the 5K and awards wraps up at about 9:30pm, in downtown Toledo for KISS ‘N’ Drag.

SATURDAY EVENTS

We are participating in the parade. Where and when do we check-in?

  • Parade check-in starts at 10:00 am at the corner of Adams and 21st (near Bretz Nightclub). Bretz will be opening at 10:00 am with drinks, pop and coffee available as well as limited free snacks for parade participants. You can pre-register your group online or on-site that morning.

What time does the parade start and where does it go?

  • The parade will step-off at 12:00 noon from the corner of Adams and 21st (near Bretz Nightclub). The parade route will continue down Adams Street to Summit, heading directly to Levis Square to kick off the festival.

Who is the Grand Marshal?

  • This year’s Toledo Pride Parade Grand Marshal is Paula Hicks-Hudson. Paula Hicks-Hudson is the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio. Hicks-Hudson graduated from Spelman College, Colorado State University, and University of Iowa College of Law.

How much does it cost to attend on Saturday and what are the hours?

  • Admission for the Toledo Pride Festival starts at noon and goes until midnight. Adults 18 and over are $5 before 7:00 pm and $7 after 7:00 pm. Children and teens under 18 are free. Admission includes all concerts and entertainment from noon until midnight. After 9pm, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Who are the headline entertainers?

  • The big show this year is Michelle Truman from truRock!

Are coolers allowed?

  • No, coolers are not allowed at Levis Square, but there will be a great assortment of food and beverage vendors all weekend serving up everything that you need.

Are dogs allowed?

  • We discourage bringing dogs to Toledo Pride. Lots of people sit in the grass, so it helps keep the park sanitary. Also, we get about 20,000 people over the weekend. That can be a lot of stress for animals, especially in the heat. We want to make sure that it’s a safe environment for all of our guests.

What about dress codes or costumes?

  • While there is no official dress code at Toledo Pride, we would like to remind everyone that we do our best to keep Toledo Pride a family-friendly event. Any type of nudity is prohibited. For safety reasons, we also ask that no one wear full masks that cover the entire face. The park has a lot of stairs and uneven ground. We do encourage you to express yourself and have a good time, so load up on the rainbows, sequins, glitter and anything else you need to show your pride!

Where is parking available?

  • Levis Square doesn’t have it’s own parking lot, but there is a ton of public parking nearby. Click here for a map of lots. Since it’s the weekend, street parking downtown is free, but limited. Parking lots are not controlled by Toledo Pride and prices will vary.
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