With nearly 120 float entries and expanded festival grounds, the Utah Pride Festival is breaking its own record, again. What is being heralded the most comprehensive festival to date, the Utah Pride Center will have an expanded family area, more entertainment, and the parade is up from the 91 float entries in 2011. The festival kicks off Friday, June 1, and continues through Sunday, June 3.
“We are overwhelmed at the magnitude of this year’s event and the response we have received to those wanting be involved both on a community level and on a corporate level. The work of ‘Changing Hearts and Lives’ the Utah Pride Center does all year is truly being reflected in this annual event,” said Valerie Larabee, the Center’s director.
With a larger footprint — the festival has expanded to the west to include all of Washington Square and to the east into Library Square — festival attendees will be treated to food, organization, business, political and artist booths. There are more than 200 vendors this year — up from 150 in 2011. Streamlined beverage stations, the addition of a west entrance gate and more exits will allow for increased capacity and traffic flow.
Entertainment is scheduled on four stages throughout the festival and includes nearly 40 acts including singers, disc jockeys, dancers and musicians. Headlining entertainment include performances by Prince Poppycock and Frenchie Davis on Saturday, June 2 and Kristine W on Sunday.
Other highlights of the weekend include the Grand Marshal reception on Friday, June 1 at The Leonardo, The Pride Day 5k on Saturday morning at Memory Grove and the DYKE, Transgender and Interfaith Marches Saturday afternoon.
For advance tickets, visit smithstix.com. For more information, check out the QSaltLake Pride Section.