JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hey kitty girls and squirrel friends! It’s that time of year again!

Jacksonville’s highly-anticipated River City Pride (RCP) events are back and 2022 is forecasted to be the best year yet.

RCP is inviting everyone to “Be Loud, Be Proud” on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, for its Pride parade and “Cabaret” festival.

News4JAX is honored to be this year’s Media Sponsor for these events.

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Here is a breakdown of events:

  • Friday, Sept. 30: Kickoff party at the Glass Factory at 7 p.m. with internationally known DJ/Producer of Dirty Pop DrewG
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: The RCP parade will begin at the Historic Willow Branch Park starting at 2 p.m. and will make its way through Riverside to 5 Points. Click here for the parade map and registration.
  • Sunday, Oct. 2: The festival will take place at Riverside Park (Duck Pond) at 5 Points from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Click here for vendor registration and to see the festival map.

Sunday’s festival will include live entertainment, vendors, artists, nonprofits, a kid zone and food vendors. Multiple local artists, vocalists, bands and dance groups will perform on Sunday.

“Jax River City Pride Cabaret, the festival’s crown jewel, brings in nationally known performers, speakers and entertainers from hit shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’” according to the RCP website.

June Jambalaya, a popular contestant of the 14th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, was announced as one of Sunday’s guest performers.

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Other events leading up to the parade and festival will also be announced at a later date.

Click here for more information. Online registration is still open for sponsors, parade entry and vendors here.