Pride 2011

Welcome to the 2011 Utah Pride Festival

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By Valerie A. Larabee, Utah Pride Center Executive Director

Each year the Utah Pride Festival celebrates the diversity of our community in Utah and throughout the region. Attended annually by an estimated 25,000 people, the Utah Pride Festival is recognized not only as the premier LGBTQ event in Utah, but also as the state’s second largest festival.

The origins of Pride in Utah date back to the early 1970s when a small group of people gathered in a Salt Lake City park to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the decades since, the Utah Pride Festival has grown to become Utah’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Utah community to experience and learn more about the LGBT community through a weekend of wonderful events and happenings.

The 2011 Utah Pride Festival, themed “Live. Love. Pride.” is set to be the largest pro-LGBTQ event ever held in the state. Touting a stellar line up of headlining performers, including Roseanne Barr as the 2011 Grand Marshal, Kat Deluna, Expose and a fantastic cadre of food vendors and exhibitors, this year’s event promises to deliver on its mission – to build awareness and celebrate our community, our families, our allies and our steady movement toward equality.

This year’s Utah Pride Festival parade, the second largest parade in Utah, also promises its own surprises! Jumping off on Sunday, June 5 on a new parade route, entrants are registering from far and wide to demonstrate their pride and support of the LGBTQ community in Utah. You’ll want to get your spot along the new route early so you won’t miss a moment of the celebration!

As in years past, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of sponsors came together to bring our 2011 festival to life. It is only through the passion, dedication and commitment of our volunteers and sponsors, that this Festival is made possible. Please help us thank them when you see them on the grounds supporting the event.

On behalf of the Utah Pride Festival, we hope to see you at this years event! If you’ve never been to our Festival, we know you’ll be amazed at what this Utah community can do when we put our minds to it!

For more details on festival related events visit utahpridefestival.org. The Utah Pride Festival is a program of the Utah Pride Center.

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