With an estimated attendance of 25,000, the logistics in planning the Pride Festival has been enormous and extensive. However, the basic planning for the individual festivalgoer can also help save time, money and make the experience more enjoyable. Salt Lake City’s parking rules and regulations are basic and the public transit is one of the best in the nation.
Utah’s commuter train provides two stops near the parade route and festival grounds. Parking is free at the Trax stations on 2100 South and 1300 South and your car will be safe in the well-policed parking lot all day. Also, Club Try-Angles, at 251 W. 900 South, is offering free parking in its lot, so as festivalgoers can take Trax from the 900 South station to the grounds. The Trax fare is $2.35 for a one-way ticket or $5.75 for an all-day pass. To arrive at the festival grounds on Saturday, ride the Red Line-University of Utah to the Salt Lake City Library stop. This will put you on the northeast corner of the festival. The trains will run until 1 a.m. On Sunday morning, in order to arrive at the parade route, take the train that will arrive at the 2100 South station at 9:20 a.m. and get off at the 200 South stop. You’ll arrive around 9:30 a.m., plenty of time to find a spot to watch the festivities. For full scheduling information, go to RideUTA.com.
Salt Lake City has more than 2,000 metered parking spaces along the streets, including many that are near the festival grounds and parade route. Saturdays and Sundays are free. However, on Saturday there is a two-hour time limit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday parking is free all day, but spaces will fill up extremely fast. New parking meters now accept credit cards, cash and coins. The cost is $1.50 an hour.
There is a huge selection of pay-to-park lots throughout the city and while rates may vary, expect to pay between $7 and $10 for the entire day. Here’s a list of some of the most conveniently located parking areas near the festival grounds and parade route.
Ampco Parking: 45 E. 300 South., 133 E. 200 South, 270 S. West Temple
Kilowat Commons Park: 175 S. West Temple
Regent Street: 150 S. 50 East
Pierpont Street: 163 W. Pierpont Ave., 150 W. Pierpont Ave.