Join Us For Our Second Annual Welcoming WNC Procession!

On Saturday, September 28, we will kick off the Eleventh Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival with a very special Procession through the city of Asheville.

Last year’s Welcoming WNC procession was so popular, we’re bringing it back.

Lost in the negative press is a simple fact: the majority of people and organizations in western North Carolina aspire to a community that is welcoming. Yes, we struggle struggle.  We’re not perfect.  But this is a day for all who share a vision of welcome to make ourselves heard.

Join us as we walk across the city and into the heart of the festival.  Whether you are a business, a group, a congregation, community, family, or a pack of friends — join us on this half-mile walk.  Wear your logo, carry a banner, be proud! Let the world know that in WNC, we win with welcome.

The theme this year is Diversity & Inclusion: Becoming Our Greatest Selves.  When we make one another feel welcome and valued, we enlarge our selves; we enrich our community.  This procession is for everyone – not just members of the LGBTQ community.  We seek a community where all are welcome to work, shop, and congregate as their authentic selves –regardless of their race, ethnicity, sex, disability, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

Join Us!

How to Participate

  • Register to walk (one person per team).  Gather your team. Create a vivid display.
  • Wear your organization’s tee shirts, uniforms, hats, buttons.
  • Bring a sign or banner with your logo or an uplifting appeal.