The 2010 Utah Pride Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first pride gatherings in New York. And historically speaking, the Utah festivities have never had so much to offer!
If you have never attended the Utah Pride Festival, or if the sparkle of the more than 120 vendor booths, food selections from around the world, world-class entertainment, rallies, marches and rainbow-splashed fun has dulled for you, then come check out what’s new this year:
- Utah Pride Center Program Zone: This area will feature the staff and more than 30 programs and affiliates operated by the Utah Pride Center.
- Effen Vodka South/Dance Stage: Located on the south side of the City and County Building, this stage will feature non-stop dance music sponsored by area night clubs and a vodka bar sponsored by Effen Vodka.
- Family Carnival: Saturday, June 5 from 4–7 p.m. Honoring our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer families and allies, this part of the festival will have events for kids and age appropriate entertainment on the East/Café Stage. Face painting, cotton candy and more!
- Pride Day 5K: Saturday, June 5, Memory Grove. Hosted in conjunction with Wasatch Area Race Productions (wasatchracing.com/prideday5k.html).
- Trans March: A transgender rally and march will join the Dyke March and Interfaith Pride March. Starting from individual rallies, the groups will march together down State Street to City Creek Park for a large-scale demonstration.
- Main Stage Programming: Designed to be one continuously programmed event Sunday afternoon. This will feature headline entertainer Martha Wash and performances by the DC Cowboys, the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, Angie Evans, Backdoor Burlesque, Aztec dancers and DJ Claudette.
- East/Café Stage: Located on the east side of the City and County Building, this stage will feature acoustic-sounding artists including Andrew Livingston, Misty Rivers, Lost by Reason, Otter Creek and more.
- Civil Rights History Zone: In keeping with the festival theme, “Our History, Our Future,” this zone will feature a timeline of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement and other civil rights events.
- Beyond Gay Film: Hosted by the Utah Pride Festival and the Salt Lake Film Center, Beyond Gay chronicles the history of Gay Pride festivals and the importance of community building. The screening will be held May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Nancy Tessman Auditorium of the Salt Lake Public Library, 210 E. 400 South.
For specific information on these exciting new features including maps, routes, times and costs, please visit the festival website at utahpridefestival.org.