Capital City Pride Celebrates Diversity, Inclusion with Pride Weekend

Capital City Pride is proud to partner with Change the Pattern in showcasing the AIDS Memorial Quilt during the organization’s annual Pride event taking place in the capital city this week.

Members of the LGBTQ community march in a parade
Credit: Capital City Pride

MS Capital City Pride, an LGBTQ+ community building & advocacy organization, will host “Coming Home with Pride” Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2022. The four-day event will celebrate unity, inclusion, and equality and will aim to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community, their families, and allies.

Weekend events include:

Thursday, September 29

6 - 9 PM - Millsaps College – Recital Hall – 1701 N. State St. JXN

“Sordid Lives” movie screening and talk back with select cast members. Del Shores, Rosemary Alexander, and Newell Alexander.

*Thanks to a generous donation, the theatre has been bought out, and the remaining seats will be offered free to the public.

Friday, September 30


6 - 9 PM - The Faulkner (rooftop) – 518 E. Capitol St. JXN

Homecoming dance and festival kick-off featuring DJ Citizen Jane. Come dressed however you’d like to dance the night away. A limited number of tickets to this event can be purchased up until the start of the event.

Saturday, October 1


8 AM - Rainbow Run 5k will begin and end at the Eudora Welty Library located at 300 N. State St. JXN. Prefer a virtual run? Sign-up and get the swag shipped to you!

11 AM - 7 PM - Two Mississippi Museums – 222 North St. JXN

Saturday is a free event featuring a kid’s area, live music, food trucks, vendors, and ticketed meet-and-greet opportunities. If you missed local comedienne Rita Brent last week during her two shows at Duling Hall, be sure to catch her Saturday as she headlines day one of the festival.

Sunday, October 2


Noon - 5 PM – Two Mississippi Museums – 222 North St. JXN

Sunday’s free activities will focus on advocacy and include a Pride March, vendors, food trucks, additional musical acts, and headliners, including the New Orleans Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia.

Visit the National AIDS Memorial Quilt during museum hours, Friday – Sunday. This free public event includes week-long Quilt displays, quilt-making workshops, film screenings, education, and awareness programs.

Accompanying the Quilt displays will be powerfully curated stories that share the love, remembrance, and celebration sewn into each panel of lives lost from within the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Transgender, and other marginalized communities, including a quilt made by legendary civil rights and justice activist Rosa Parks, a supporter of the AIDS Quilt as well Emmy Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will also be featured.

Free admission to the Two Mississippi Museums has been provided by the National AIDS Memorial.

Visit mscapitalcitypride.org for a complete schedule of events and to purchase special event tickets. Additional information on the National AIDS Quilt display locations and schedule can be found here.

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