Annapolis Pride Parade taking new route with ‘Project Runway’ winner Christian Siriano at head

BALTIMORE — Fashion designer and Maryland native Christian Siriano will serve as the Grand Marshall for the 2024 Annapolis Pride Parade, which will feature a new route this year. The procession begins on Saturday, June 1 at Annapolis City Dock and concludes at Maryland Hall, where the Annapolis Pride Festival will be held, under the theme “Anchored with Pride.”

“Annapolis Pride has flourished significantly since the inaugural parade in 2019, and I am immensely proud of, and thankful to, the Pride community for fostering greater acceptance and equity in our city,” Mayor Gavin Buckley said in a statement on Tuesday. “Both my family and I uphold these values and cherish being part of an inclusive community that is enriched and made happier by celebrating diversity.”

What to know about the parade and festival

The events will kick off at noon on June 1 from Dock Street, proceed up Main Street and West Street, and turn onto Amos Garrett Boulevard, where the festival will occur. Here’s a map of the route.

Inevitably, some streets will be inaccessible for the parade. Dock Street will be entirely closed to vehicle traffic and parking from 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 until after the parade lineup and departure.

The incoming lane of Compromise Street will also be blocked for the parade lineup on the morning of the event. Along the procession route on Main Street and West Street, there will be moving road closures.

Who is Christian Siriano?

Siriano, who spent his formative years in the Annapolis vicinity, studied in London under iconic designers Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. He catapulted to fame after claiming victory in the fourth season of Bravo’s “Project Runway” in 2007, subsequently launching his own brand.

Siriano was welcomed into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2013. An array of celebrities have donned his creations, from Kim Kardashian, to Rihanna, to Michelle Obama. Even in 2017, he designed attire for Barbie.

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