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Pride Celebration

June 24 - 25, 2023
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Celebrate Pride and our LGBTQ+ community at the Zoo! June 24 and June 25.

Celebrating Pride

Rainbow enrichments
Because diversity is a good thing.
Watch animals enjoy rainbow-themed enrichments all weekend. Some enrichments are scheduled (see the schedule below) and some are not. Keep an eye out for Pride enrichment experiences throughout the day all weekend long! Many animal areas will be decorated in festive Pride decorations. Come and see the Zoo filled with amazing color.
Join The Pride Parade!
Dress in your Pride finest and join the Pride Parade! Led by animals from Wild Wonders and Kids’ Zone (accompanied by their care team). The parade will begin at 11am near the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater on Saturday and Sunday.
Make Your own pride Flag
and get the ultimate pride selfie.
Create your very own Pride flag and be sure to snap a selfie at our brand-new Pride photo booth that you will find at the plaza. All free with Zoo admission or membership.
Pride at Northwest Trek
Wild rainbow fun.
You can't have too much Pride! Visit our sister zoo Northwest Trek Wildlife Park on the same weekend for even more rainbow-colored fun.
Northwest Trek Pride
Pride in Our Community
The series of events that make up the Tacoma Pride Festival will take place through the month of July. Join an event and honor the community members and organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community.
Pride Events Near You

Pride Enrichment Schedule

Events will be held both Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Fruit kabobs
Primates (Asian Forest Sanctuary)
Rainbow popsicles
Tigers (Asian Forest Sanctuary)
Pride Parade/Armadillo Encounter
Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater
Colored ice treats
Walruses (Rocky Shores)
Saturday, 11am
Rainbow ice treats
Sea turtles (Pacific Seas Aquarium)
Sunday, 12pm
Pride flag
Northwest Waters (Pacific Seas Aquarium)
Rainbow-colored toys
Seals/Sea lions (Rocky Shores)
Rainbow-colored toys
Otters (Rocky Shores)
Rainbow ice treats
Elephant (Elephant Habitat)
Rainbow ice treats
Arctic fox (Rocky Shores)
*Keep an eye out for additional animal enrichment encounters throughout the day as you stroll the Zoo and Aquarium!
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