The Dyke March and Trans* Pride kick-off Pride weekend in Seattle; they take place on separate days and are good ways to wet your pride festivity whistle while getting to know the more activist-oriented side of the Seattle LGBTQ community. The Wild Rose, Seattle's last lesbian bar and the Cuff, Seattle's top men's leather bar, both host huge block parties for Pride - imagine significant stretches of Capitol hill enclosed in chain link and filled with revelers. Typically, the block parties take place the night before the Pride Parade and are a great way to make sure you have the perfect hang-over for your pride activities. Cover is usually $20. Newcomers, like Seattle Women's Armwrestling Tournament (SWAT), are breathing quirky new life into the scene with their Pride editions. Meanwhile, Pride Parade and Pridefest are the heart of Seattle Pride as they make the most noise and pull together thousands of spectators, participants, and sponsors. Seattle Pride takes place in late June.
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