Paws & Pride Dog Jog & Walk
June 4, 2023
Ashwood Park (Adjacent to Bellevue Library)
The Eastside welcomes Pride Month with the first-ever LGBTQIA+ dog jog & walk in Downtown Bellevue! The Bellevue Downtown Association and Eastside Pride PNW are proud to debut the inaugural Paws & Pride Dog Jog & Walk, supported by Symetra, on Sunday, June 4 at Ashwood Park – adjacent to Bellevue Library.
Focused on inclusivity on the Eastside, this event will spotlight Eastside Pride PNW and their vision of a world free of prejudice and bias where everyone is safe, valued and feels a sense of belonging. Event benefactors will be Seattle Humane of Bellevue and Lambert House, a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the greater Seattle area.
Participant goodie bags will feature customized event bandanas– a memorable keepsake of this inaugural Pride event in the Heart of Bellevue. The event is a non-competitive 4k (~2.5 miles) stroll through the streets of Bellevue with your pup (those without dogs are welcome too). The Village Perk will also be on-site in Ashwood Park selling coffee and pastry treats.
Complimentary event parking will be available at Bellevue Library, adjacent to Ashwood Park. Tickets on sale now! Ticket prices for our event will go up on the day of the event to $35/one attendee; $50/two attendees; $75/4 attendees. Register early for the lowest price.
You do not need to register your dog, just humans.
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Attendees are encouraged to stay for the “after-pawty” happening right after the 4K, featuring local drag queen Gaysha Starr, Interactive hands-on mosaic pride experience facilitated by Cheryl Smith Mosaics, Seattle Humane’s MaxMobile filled with four-legged friends, and numerous vendors and booths spotlighting pets and LGBTQIA+ local businesses and organizations.
Paws up for charity! Partial net proceeds of the event registration fees will equally benefit Seattle Humane and Lambert House, a nonprofit organization that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills in the greater Seattle, Washington area.
Seattle Humane in Bellevue
Founded in 1897, Seattle Humane proudly promotes the human-animal bond by saving and serving pets in need. They are more than a shelter – Seattle Humane is a pet resource center for the region, providing adoption services, a pet food bank and support for pet owners, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and wellness exams, humane education for all ages and more. All made possible through the support of a generous community. Seattle Humane is located in Bellevue, at 13212 SE Eastgate Way. For more information, visit www.seattlehumane.org.
Lambert House empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. Since 1981, the Lambert House LGBTQ Youth Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated over 15,000 individual minors and young adults through over 500,000 service contacts. Ongoing in-person groups are currently available in Seattle, North Bend, and Maple Valley with activities organized in other communities around King County. You can learn more about them at www.lamberthouse.org.
Bellevue Police Presence
Eastside Pride PNW and the Bellevue Downtown Association are working with the Bellevue Police Department to ensure a positive experience for all event attendees. Officers on site at this event self-select to work at the Paws & Pride Dog Jog and Walk to ensure a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
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