Moab Pride uniting a community

The second annual Moab Pride Festival will continue the community building and the family-friendly atmosphere of last year with a weekend of events and an awareness march. With events from Sept. 28-29, the focal point will be the march through the streets of Moab.

Last year’s march, led by community activist and local actor Sister Dottie S. Dixon, was an enormous success and included hundreds of participants, said parade planner Jenn Oestreich, in a press release.

“The hope this year is to increase our presence, particularly because it is an election year, and highlight those individuals, businesses and organizations who are committed to bringing awareness of and support to topics such as equal rights, marriage equality, bullying, military support and finding a cure, just to mention a few,” Oestreich said. “And this event is made possible because of the community of Moab’s support and the acceptance of every individual to be and express themselves authentically.”

The festival, activities and march are designed to offer an affirming environment for queer people, but also to reach out to the community and let business owners, community leaders and others know they have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors, said event organizer Amy Stocks.

For more information, go to moabpride.org.

Moab Pride Festival Schedule

Friday, Sept. 30
7.30 p.m. The Orange Party

Frankie D’s, 44 W. 200 North

Wear orange with a hint of pink for this Moabulous meet-n-greet.

Saturday, Oct. 1
10 a.m. Pride March

Congregate at the southeast corner of Swanny Park, the corner of 400 North and 100 West, to walk through town.

12 p.m. Moab Pride Festival

Located at Old City Park and will include contemporary musicians. Musical entertainment will be announced.

9 p.m. Festival After Party

World famous Woody’s Tavern, 221 S. Main St., with the very talented and highly entertaining disc jockey from San Francisco, Jen Woolfe.

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