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Baltimore Pride schedule, road closures and everything else you need to know

See some of the sights and sounds from the 2019 Baltimore Pride Parade. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun video)

Baltimore Pride is this weekend, and there are things you will want to know.

Last year some 30,000 people came out for the annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community — which is one of the oldest pride events in the nation, organizers say — so you might want to have a game plan.

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“We just have so many wonderful things,” said Mimi Demissew, executive director of the Pride Center of Maryland.

So here’s what you need to know.

Sunday

On Sunday, the Pride Festival will take place in Druid Hill Park, between Swann Drive and the Sundial Pavilion.

Events begin at noon and last until 6 p.m. — including Family Pride, complete with cartoon characters in costume for the kids, and Elder Pride, where people will have a chance to “meet elders from our community and learn about our amazing history,” organizers said.

There will be more artists performing on stage.

A Pride Ball is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Demissew said she is excited for all the different events, and to celebrate the “Unity through Diversity” theme for 2019 with Baltimoreans and others visiting the city.

“Come, be affirmed, have visibility, celebrate our lives, our journeys, our struggles,” she said. “At the same time remember that we are here today because of the hard work of the generations that have been, and realize that there is still more work to do.”

Road Closures

If you do go or are just traveling through the city, there are road closures you should be aware of.

Several streets will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Saturday and won’t reopen until 1 a.m. Sunday. Those streets include North Charles Street between North Avenue and East 23rd Street, and East 20th, East 21st and East 22nd streets between Maryland Avenue and St. Paul Street.

In addition to the above, North Charles Street will be closed between East 31st Street and East 33rd Street, and Art Museum Drive will be closed from North Charles Street to Wyman Park Drive, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

From 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Charles Street will be closed from 33rd Street to North Avenue.

Parking will be restricted in the area, and temporary traffic stops will occur. Those traveling in the area should expect delays, the city said.

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