2021 Austin Pride Bus Design – Can’t Hide Our Pride

We are sad to share the the 2021 Austin Pride Parade was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. However, we still want to commemorate the occasion by revealing our colorful Pride Bus, which would have rolled on down Congress Avenue in the parade. CapMetro opened submissions to our community on Instagram for the Pride bus design theme and our marketing team was especially inspired by the entry “Bus-ting with Pride,” submitted by Tyler Ryan.

The final design is, in fact, busting with pride! The bus is covered in an explosion of rainbows, flowers, and unicorns alongside the message “Can’t Hide Our Pride.” The bus is absolutely magical in the daylight, but just wait until you see it at night! For the parade, our team carefully shaped LED lights around details of the vinyl wrap, which enhance the visual impact of our overwhelming pride.

Although the bus won’t make a parade appearance this year, the bus will operate in regular service until the end of September. If you see the Pride Bus out and about, snap a photo and be sure to tag us @capmetroatx! We also planned a little photo shoot to capture the bus in all its glory and invited contest winner Tyler Ryan and his friend Jake Rodriguez to see the completed design in person.

Capital Metro is proud to support and empower the LGBTQ+ community in and around Austin, all year-round. We wish you a happy, safe Pride Month and look forward to creating next year’s Pride bus design!

See the Pride Bus Design in Action

Theme contest winner Tyler Ryan posing with the Pride Bus
Tyler Ryan and Jake Rodriguez showing off their pride

Will You Go to Prom with Us?

Pride Prom

Pride Month is here, and the Austin Public Library is jumpstarting it with Pride Prom next Thursday, June 7. It’s gonna be great.

DJ Girlfriend will be there for the dancers, and there’ll be a Drag Makeup Station for anyone wanting to get dolled up. There will also be a Lip Synch for Your Library competition that somehow let’s people pretend to sing Carly Rae Jepsen or Janelle Monae in support of their local library branch? (Sign up for that here, it sounds cool.)

You can also get your picture taken at the traveling photo booth and even register to vote. But, while you’ll be able to glitter-sticker a pronoun button when you walk in, the library respectfully requests that you “Please do not bring loose glitter into the library or wear glitter-showering items.”

Still, all of that will lead into a drag show with M.C. Honey St. Claire and performers Eaton Johnson and Althea Trix, and that’ll be cool too.

The reason you’re reading about it here the Cap Metro Blog though is because there’s no need for you to rent a limo for this prom night. Cap Metro is working with Austin Public Library once again to arrange for park-and-ride services for those going to prom. All you gotta do is park at one of the three library branches listed below, go inside to request your free Local Day Pass, hop on a bus and then get yourself down to the new Central Library. (Which is amazing.)

The event launches the library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program for adults and will be held in the new library’s 1st floor Special Events Center.


Recycled Reads | 5335 Burnet Road | Routes 3, 803

Pleasant Hill Branch | 211 East William Cannon Drive | Routes 1, 801

Little Walnut Branch | 835 West Rundberg Lane | Routes 1, 801

To plan your trip to Pride Prom (or anywhere else), visit CapMetro.org/planner.