For more than 40 years, Capital City Pride’s Pride Fest weekend has been a community event shared with friends, families, and the entire community. This year’s PrideFest weekend schedule is packed with all sorts of activities that celebrate LGBT culture and successes that have been achieved over the last four decades.
AllSpice Owner Rory Brown explained what to expect at the weekend-long celebration:
“This year we are especially looking forward to Pridefest, because the Pride mainstage will be at the corner of East 4th and Locust, so basically right outside our store. There will also be different food vendors across the street from the store, and other vendors on the AllSpice side of the street. We’re excited to have so many people looking around, on our end of Locust.
“There is also some great entertainment this year, so that is exciting for everyone. Different folks have their own favorite parts of Pridefest, but for us in particular, we typically come down to the [East] Village for the live entertainment during the weekend and for the parade on Sunday.
“But there are so many things to do during Pridefest this year! Friday is Pride at Adventureland. Saturday morning, I think lots of people get together and go to the Farmer’s Market (some see us afterward!). There is a drag brunch at the Garden Night Club, and Capital City Bears are having a coffee event at Ritual Cafe. “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg (pictured) will be speaking, along with at least 8 other Presidential candidates at a “Meet the Candidates” event, at the People’s Plaza at the Capital on Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Also at the People’s Plaza is a 10 Years of Love Reception from noon to 1:30 pm.
This doesn’t even start to touch on all the other fun things happening at Pridefest, like the Pet Parade, the free silent disco on Friday night, the “Fun Run,” Pride Yoga, the Drag King pageant, or the live music performances! There’s a lot going on! You can definitely check out all of the opportunities at capitalcitypride.org or the Capital City Pride event page on Facebook.