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Utah Pride Festival 2015 changes announced

Utah Pride Festival leaders announced the theme for the 2015 festival: “Pride is ____.”

“With all that has happened in the last year and all that still remains to be done, we know that Pride means many things to many people,” said Jen Parsons-Soran, co-director of the festival. “It can be about fun, love, rainbows and so many other things. We want to celebrate and embrace that diversity, because it is a huge part of what makes the Utah Pride Festival such a great event.”

The Utah Pride Festival steering committee chooses a theme each year based on community suggestions, relevant current events and what most resonates with what the Utah Pride Festival wants to bring to the community.

The 2015 Utah Pride Festival will be held Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7 primarily at Washington and Library Squares in downtown Salt Lake City. The Interfaith Service, on June 4, will be held at Community of Christ Church, with the Utah Pride Parade happening the morning of Sunday, June 7.

The Festival is the second-largest outdoor festival in Salt Lake City, with nearly 35,000 attendees, 896 volunteers covering 1,400 shifts, 230 vendor booths and 16 food vendors. Over 10,000 people participated 143 parade entries in the 2014 Utah Pride Parade, with 25,000 spectators, according to Salt Lake City Police Department estimates.

The first Utah Pride was loosely organized by Joe Redburn and the staff of the Sun Tavern in 1974 at City Creek Park.

The plans for the 2015 festival include changes to the schedule and a massive revamping of the festival grounds. The new schedule of events includes moving the rallies and marches to Friday night along with a kick-off party and opening ceremonies to follow the Grand Marshal Reception, and holding the Pride Day 5K Fun Run on the parade route on Sunday morning. A new “East Village” will utilize more space on Library Square including a stage, the art zone and kid’s area.

Leadership positions are being interviewed the next two weeks. Applications are here.

Applications are also live for vendors, parade entries, performers, runners, sponsors, and volunteers. Visit UtahPrideFestival.org for more information and to sign up.

Festival zones include:

Festival Zones

SAGE Zone
SAGE Utah is for everyone. We are focusing on awareness, growth and meeting the needs of all elder queers within the state. Embrace the SAGE within, become involved, connect, learn, laugh, create meaning and most importantly, share what only YOU have to give to others.

Youth Zone
This safe space is for youth 21 and under. Meet other queer youth and learn more about Utah Pride’s youth drop in center and other youth oriented programming.

Gender Zone
Celebrate the “T” in our community. Meet new friends, learn about local resources and discover the support groups and services available for children, youth, adults and families from Utah Pride’s Transgender Program.

Health Zone
The Festival happens just once a year, but the knowledge you’ll gain about your health will last a lifetime! Visit our Health & Wellness Zone for fun, interactive booths featuring information and programs that will keep you healthy, happy, safe and satisfied. Your body, your health!

Pet Zone
Drop by with your dog for a wade in the pool, a bowl of water or a treat. Please remember that all dogs must be leashed and if your dog poops, you scoop, because pet waste can transmit disease.

Bingo & Games Zone
Think you’re smarter than a Cyber Slut? Love a good game of bingo? Then stop by and play a round of bingo or other games with the Utah Cyber Sluts!

Karaoke Zone
Grab the microphone, put on your blue suede shoes and strike a pose–it’s time for karaoke! Even if you’re a little bit shy, have a seat and cheer on these must-see performances.

History Zone
The History Zone premiered in 2011 with “Windows To The Past,” highlighting the LGBTQ history of the United States and Utah from the 1700’s through the 1940’s and 2012 featured the 1950s. This year’s exhibit will explore 1965.

Art Zone
Enjoy seeing emerging local artists at the Art Zone. Local artists are given the chance to exhibit their art each year within this zone, giving the individuals a chance to share their craft in a supportive and appreciative environment.

Grass Roots Zone

Always wanting to support our emerging organizations, the Grass Roots Zone highlights new local groups with a cause. Drop by and learn about various organizations and see what’s growing.

Kids Zone
Bounce rooms, activities and treats are available for kiddies 12 and under. Located Southwest of City Hall you will find this area where only children and their parents are allowed for a safe and fun family environment.

Family Zone
This zone is a highlight of support groups for families. If you are seeking to meet others like yourself who appreciate and value all different kinds of families, this is your home away from home.

A tentative schedule for the event is:

Thursday, June 4
7pm Utah Pride Interfaith Service

Friday, June 5
6:30pm Grand Marshal Reception
8pm Dyke, Trans* and Bi Rallies and Marches
9pm Kick-off Party and Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, June 6
3pm Festival Gates Open
3-6pm Family Hours
7:30pm Headliner (to be announced)
9pm Dance Party
11pm Festival Gates Close

Sunday, June 7
9am Pride Day 5K Fun Run
10am Utah Pride Parade
11am Festival Gates Open
12pm Entertainment Begins
7pm Festival Gates Close

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6 Comments

  1. I wish this site allowed mobile devices to resize text… So much white space, but little text.
    Regardless –

  2. Now if only the entertainment selection will not dismiss local groups like they have been doing so the past few years i've been in attendance.

  3. They also need to be more respective to people with medical issues and disabilities. Banning people from brining in water is a joke. I still don't know if I will attend just from the bad taste in the past.

  4. The changes seem well thought out. The theme is a little vague, but it should foster a ton of diversity. pride is for everyone to celebrate whether you attend the festival or not, be proud.

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