Pride Fests Around the Midwest
Ever since the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969, June has been a special month to celebrate gay pride. But here in the Midwest, pride stretches beyond June and goes all summer long! Here’s a list of regional pride celebrations in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and (in celebration of its recent marriage equality victory) Arkansas. The past year has given us a lot to celebrate, so here
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Belle’s Basix parking lot,
3916 First Ave. NE
Festival with food and vendors starts at noon.
Des Moines, Iowa
Street festival Sat and Sun; parade Sun
Second & Warren Sts.
Kickoff bash: 6 p.m. Fri, admission $3
Sat & Sun, admission $5
Landreth Park (Murphy Blvd & Main St)
Festival with vendors and live entertainment
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fort Smith, Ark.
Belle Isle Park
Field day and picnic.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Block party noon-10 p.m. Sat at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Fourth & Kenosha, with vendors, live entertainment, beer garden; parade 5 p.m. Sat.
Picnic at Centennial Park, Sixth & Peoria, noon-5 p.m. Sun
Parade: Lineup at 8 a.m. at Meadow St & Church Ave; parade at 10 a.m.
Iowa City, Iowa
Barbecue, 5:30 p.m. Fri, Upper City Park
Parade, noon Sat, downtown
Festival with vendors and entertainment, noon-5 p.m. Sat, Downtown Ped Mall
St. Joseph, Mo.
Coleman Hawkins Park at 7th & Felix Streets
LGBT Parade and Street Fair
Fri 5-11 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Kansas City, Mo.
2500 State Line Rd., West Bottoms
Street fair with vendors & live entertainment
Fri 6 p.m.-midnight, Sat noon-10 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m.
Admission: $5 after 3 p.m. Sat only
Oklahoma City, Okla.
39th & Penn
Block party 7 p.m. Fri, arts festival Sat & Sun, parade 6 p.m. Sun
Special guests: Taylor Dayne and Martha Wash
Park Central Square (downtown @ Boonville & College)
Block party with vendors & live entertainment, noon-9 p.m.
Equality March, 11 a.m.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Candlelight vigil: 8 p.m. Thurs @ Hanafan Park
Youth Pride Fest: 6 p.m. Fri @ Hanafan Park
Parade: 10 a.m. Sat @ Stinson Park
St Louis, Mo.
Soldiers Memorial Park, 1315 Market St.
Festival, noon-9:30 p.m. Sat, 1-7:30 p.m. Sun
Parade 11 a.m. Sat, Market Street from 8th to 18th Street
Ramada Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford
Festival with live entertainment and nonprofit information booths, children’s activity area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free
Stonewall Pride Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, $5
Eureka Springs, Ark.
Diversity Weekend: Events and attractions throughout the downtown area
Live music, parties, etc.
300 block of W. Fourth St.
Street festival with vendors and live entertainment
Fourth & Cherry St, from Deja Vu to Flatbranch Park
Street festival with vendors, entertainment, children’s activities
Admission Free (VIP tickets available)
Latino Gay Pride in
Fri, Sept. 12. Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo.
“Pa la Calle” Street Blast, 7 p.m.-midnight
Local DJs and performers, plus Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race
Sat, Sept.13. Gillham Park. 37th and Gillham Road. 3-9 p.m. After-party at Industry Video Bar, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
DJs, local performers, live bands, and Yara Sofia from RuPaul’s Drag Race.