2016 PRIDE Festival - Saturday, September 17

Fourth annual Provo Pride Festival begins Saturday

The 4th Annual Provo Pride Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park, 800 E. Center St. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “Diversity Creates Community — It Begins With Us.” Provo Pride invites individuals and families to visit the several informational booths and participate in the activities and games and enjoy the entertainment throughout the day. Those attending are encouraged to park at Provo Peaks Elementary School, 665 E. Center St.

Provo Pride President James Bunker said the event has grown steadily every year and hopes to have up to 10,000 in attendance at this year’s event.  “I live for this stuff and being involved with the community,” Bunker said.

Representatives from the Trevor Project, Mormons Building Bridges and PFLAG will be there. There will be a special craft area for children as well as a balloon artist, food trucks and live entertainment.  This year’s entertainment headliners include local bands My Fair Fiend and Telesomniac.

The festival will have a special 21-and-over Pride kick-off party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at City Limits Tavern, 440 W. Center St.

Following the Saturday daytime activities, a closing party will be held at 9 p.m. at City Limits and will feature drag performances from The Divine Sister-Misters, with music provided by DJ Shawka and DJ Bad Kitty with specialty drinks offered from the tavern bar. There is a $5 cover charge that goes to support Provo Pride and its yearly event.

Provo Pride is a small, nonprofit group of people who love the LGBTQ+ community and hope to make Utah County a better place. LGBT events are held every Friday at City Limits throughout the year.