Jax city council continues to embarrass itself and most non-Podunk-Trumpite locals with its stalling of (quite frankly, the inevitable) passing of the HRO bill, alienating possible lucrative businesses from moving to Northeast Florida in the process, but the local LGBTQ community continues to thrive through empowerment, activism and leading by example. This week, we celebrate unity and have a damn good time doing so at the 37th annual River City Pride Parade & Festival, as a vocal concert kicks off a seriously festive three days.

River City Pride Concert, featuring Jacksonville Gay Chorus, Vocal Theory Project, Jacksonville Men’s Chorus and One AcChord, is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Riverside Avenue Christian Church, $20. Parade starts 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Boone Park, ending in Five Points. Festival is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Riverside Arts Market site, under the Fuller Warren Bridge, jaxgay.com.