October is LGBTQ+ history month, so warm climate areas such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia celebrate Pride in October instead of June. The reason June 28 is a widely used date to hold Pride parades is to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in New York City.
The Stonewall Inn was raided by the police in Greenwich Village in 1969 and five days of rioting ensued because of it.
Kicking off on October 8, 2023, at 11:30 a.m., Chattanooga returned to these roots and marched as a force filled with rainbows on a beautiful, sunny Saturday. It was more important than ever that the LGBTQ+ community and their supporters be present and represent the population that day.