Why Nominate Grand Marshals?
Nominating someone for Grand Marshal in a Pride Parade is an opportunity to recognize and honor an individual’s contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. It serves as a visible symbol of the community’s strength and leadership, and having someone represent a particular theme or message can help to highlight important issues affecting the community. The Grand Marshal’s prominent position can draw attention to the parade and its message, making it a powerful tool for advocacy and awareness-raising. Participating in the nomination process and supporting the Grand Marshal can also help bring people together and foster a sense of unity, highlighting the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community and the contributions of its members.
What are we looking for?
We recognize our Grand Marshal’s as outstanding members and allies of the LGBTQ community. The honorary title of Grand Marshal is granted to those who possess a strong role in advocacy or make a significant stand for those in our community. They have helped to build and work to sustain a strong sense of pride throughout the years and want to make Memphis and the Mid-South a better place for members of the LGBTQ population to live.
Now Accepting Nominations
Nominations are accepted year-round and community participation is strongly encouraged. A few months before the festival, the community will be asked to vote for nominated candidates. Grand Marshals are typically announced about 30 days before Memphis Pride Fest.
Do you know someone that deserves to be recognized for their work? Use the Nomination Form to submit your entry.
Past Grand Marshals
From activists and community leaders to artists and advocates, the grand marshals of Mid-South Pride represent the very best of the LGBTQ+ community. In this list, we’ll introduce you to some of these remarkable individuals and the incredible work they’ve done to create a better, more accepting world for us all. Let their stories inspire you to continue the fight for equality and love and to always stand up for what’s right, no matter the obstacles.