The first annual Moab Pride Festival attracted more than 200 people to an awareness march and more than 500 to the festival at the city park, festival organizers said.
Amy Stock, one of the organizers, called the festival “momentous” and said plans are already underway to make next year’s event even bigger and better.
The festival, held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, included a screening of the iconic film, Thelma and Louise, which was filmed in Moab and released 20 years ago. The film was sponsored by the Utah Film Center and the Utah Travel Council. Other activities included an Orange Party, held at Frankie D’s Bar and Grill, an awareness march through Moab and a free festival, which included a silent auction and raffle items. Sister Dottie S. Dixon was the grand marshal, and entertainment included local bands The Sister Wives, Marinade and others.
“The purpose of the festival is to get people together and have a good time, but there’s also awareness. We want the community at large to know we’re here and we want other people who are visiting to know that Moab is a great community that is welcoming to all people,” Stocks said.
For more information about the festival and to volunteer for next year’s festival, go to MoabPride.org.