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Pride Festival Praise

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Editor,

Along with its accompanying rallies, marches, parade, entertainment, and Grand Marshal reception, the 2010 Utah Pride Festival was nothing short of exceptional.  Observing the way our community and it’s allies successfully pulled together to throw Utah’s biggest and best celebration of diversity is breath-taking and fills me with immense PRIDE.

The almost 800 volunteers that worked to ensure the phenomenal success of the festival deserve congratulations, commendation, and a BIG thank you. Thank you also to the festival directors, team leaders, and festival “community partners” (OUTLaws, QUAC, ROTC, sWerve, HRC of Utah, Utah Bear Alliance), who were instrumental in providing dedicated support from planning and implementation to tear-down and clean-up.

Cheers to the 25,000 attendees and participants who bought tickets.

Each time a festival ticket is purchased, not only does it buy admission to an exciting and bodacious PRIDE celebration, the proceeds fund the imperative and meaningful programs of our very own Utah Pride Center – which ultimately saves lives and improves the quality of life for people in the community.  Proceeds from the festival are also shared with scholarship recipients for educational financial aid and festival “community partners” to help fund and operate their respective organizations.

Bringing our diverse personalities, opinions, organizations, political and religious philosophies, orientations, and hair styles together for a common purpose under the banner of the Utah Pride Festival is a grand way for us to build community.  Way to go everyone!  Let’s keep building!

Jon Jepsen
Co-Chair, 2010 Utah Pride Festival
Vice-Pres, Utah Pride Center

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  1. It was my understanding that 200 East was to be part of the parade route. I was terribly disappointed that I wasn’t able to watch it from my balcony this year. I hope that this error in routing will be corrected to include 200 East between 3rd and 4th South next year.

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