Please note: the Honolulu Pride™ Parade is a free event for all who want to participate or attend. No one will be charged any fees by the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation although donations are fine and greatly appreciated. Any Parade Entry fee charged for participation in Honolulu Pride™ will be reimbursed upon request.
Get ready for Hawaii’s most colorful parade! On Saturday, October 20, the Honolulu Pride™ Parade will kick off from Magic Island at 11am, follow Kalakaua Avenue through the heart of Waikiki and wrap up by joining the Festival celebration at Diamond Head Greens.
This year there will be more parade units that ever before, with lots of surprises including fabulous floats, jamming music, awesome drag and cos-play costumes, and more.
Meet the 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Parade Grand Marshal Kelly Sanders.
In honor of his tireless efforts and innumerable contributions to our community, Honolulu Pride™ is proud to announce Kelly Sanders as our 2018 Grand Marshal. Kelly is also the recipient of the 2018 Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation Visionary Award.
He is committed to serving the community through his engagement on multiple boards including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Diamond Head Theater, and American Red Cross. For the last five years, he has served as the Creative Entertainment Director for the Heart Ball, benefiting the American Heart Association.
With over 30 years of hospitality experience, Kelly recently joined Highgate as Vice President of Operations, overseeing six hotels in Waikiki including the new ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Kelly was previously the Area General Manager for Marriott Hawaii.
“I find passion in inspiring and supporting our community,” he says. “We are all a part of these beautiful islands. Each of us must contribute where and how we can to help our communities thrive and show the world the true essence of the Aloha spirit.”
Please join us in welcoming Kelly Sanders as the 2018 Honolulu Pride™ Grand Marshal.
Mahalo to everyone who will be joining the parade, especially to our sponsors. Note: the following list is not necessarily in the order of appearance at the parade. Last minute happy changes and fun additions may occur!
808 Parentals and Their Tribe
ACLU of Hawaii
Advantage Rent A Car
Alohilani Resort Waikiki
Anonymous for the Voiceless
Australian Consolate General Honolulu
Bank of Hawaii
Church of the Crossroads
Democratic Party of Hawaii
Dykes On Bikes
Enterprise Rent-A-Car | CarShare | Truck Rental
Friends of Child & Family Service
Gay Island Guide
Grand Marshal Kelly Sanders
Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu
GSA – Gay Straight Alliance – Hawaii
HMSA – Hawaii Medical Service Association
Harris United Methodist Church
Hawaii Gay Kickball League
Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center
Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation | Honolulu Pride
Hawaii Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Hawaii State Teachers Association
Hawaii State Theatre Council
Hawaii Tourism Authority
HiGFFL – Hawaii Gay Flag Football League
Holo I Ka Mua
Honolulu Zoo Society
Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand
Imperial Court of Hawaii
Johnson & Johnson
LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii
Pacific Buddhist Academy
Rainbow Family 808
Royal Hawaiian Marching Band
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Tapa’s Restaurant & Lanai Bar
Triple M Council
University of Hawaii at Manoa LGBTQ+ Center
University of Phoenix – Hawaii
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band
VERC – Veterinary Emergency Referral Center of Hawaii
Wang Chung’s Karaoke Bar
YMCA of Honolulu
Musubi are quintessential Hawaii, and in our version the rainbow holds everything together symbolizing unity through diversity, empowering everyone in our community to grow together. Diversity is one thing we all have in common, so let’s Celebrate the Rainbow! Visit our online store to purchase your official Honolulu Pride™ merchandise. Support Hawaii’s LGBTQ+ community and get your pride on!