San Antonio's Pride Festival will make a virtual return June 26. Here's what you need to know.
San Antonians will have to wait another year before they can celebrate "Pride Bigger than Texas" in person. For the second year in a row, the city's annual Pride festival will be virtual in response to the pandemic. While events are making a comeback, Pride San Antonio Parade Director James Pointdexter said the decision to go virtual had to be made months ago. "A lot of people who are tired of being cooped up are upset, and that is hard to hear because we are so emotionally connected to this and we want to do what we do best," he said. "We are just as upset about not being able to do Pride our normal way." The virtual event is set for June 26 and will be available on Pride San Antonio's Facebook and YouTube pages and will include educational Q&As, a mass wedding, a collection of videos showing how residents are celebrating Pride and more. The organization is also hosting Fiesta Frenzy on June 23 at the Public Theater of San Antonio. The event's capacity will be limited and tickets can be purchased on Pride San Antonio's website . Anthony Garcia wears a custom-made shirt at the annual Pride San Antonio festival held at Crockett Park on June 30, 2018. In addition to the June festival, the organization will also host its annual San Antonio LGBTQ International Film Festival Oct. 8-10 to help raise awareness about the community. Pointdexter said the pride events are more than just a celebration and benefit various LGBTQ non-profits . Since the festival's inception in 2004, Pride San Antonio has raised more than $250,000 for the community. Despite a virtual event in 2020, Pointdexter said the organization still raised $25,000. When the event is finally in person in 2022, Pointdexter said it will be a "rebirth for San Antonio and the LGBTQ community."