Annual Palouse Pride kicks off Friday

Event proceeds will fund services including HIV testing, support groups



Hannah Hayes, president of Inland Oasis, said proceeds gained at Palouse Pride will be donated to the volunteer-based organization which serves the LGBT+ community.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

Rainbows will decorate Moscow’s streets in celebration of Palouse Pride from Friday through Sunday.

Inland Oasis President Hannah Hayes said the event is a place where people from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies can gather and celebrate their uniqueness.

“I believe the Palouse is the best place ever because of the people in our community,” she said.

Palouse Pride is packed with bingo, brunch and drag queens galore.

It will kick off with Drag Bingo on Friday, which will guest star Shuga Cain from RuPaul’s Drag Race. The next day, festival attendees can participate in a Pride march and festival, which features over 50 vendors and booths. There will also be a drag show hosted by Tabikat Productions later that evening.

Pride is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Inland Oasis, a volunteer-based organization that serves the queer community in the Palouse, Hayes said.

Proceeds from Palouse Pride go toward programs that help the public like free HIV testing, family services for LGBTQ+ families, as well as transgender and queer youth support groups, she said.

“Without the money that comes through with Pride, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this,” Hayes said.

General event tickets rates range from $8 to $40; weekend passes are $70 and VIP passes are $100. VIP passes give attendees front row seating for Drag Bingo, the opportunity to meet Shuga Cain, as well as entry into all other Palouse Pride events. Tickets can be purchased at Inland Oasis’s website or at Safari Pearl Comics in Moscow.

Event List

6 p.m. Friday: Drag Bingo at Best Western Plus University Inn

11:30 a.m. Saturday: Pride March and Festival at East City Park

9 p.m. Saturday: Tabikat Drag Show at The 1912 Center

10 a.m. Sunday: Pride Brunch at The 1912 Center