With the theme, “Happy Valley: It gets happier,” Provo Pride begins its second year Thursday, Sept. 18 with an interfaith service at 7 p..m. at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 200 N. and University Avenue.
A kickoff party takes place this Friday night at City Limits, 440 W Center St, Provo, with the theme “Coming Out.” The 21+ event will include drag performances, dancing, and music at the full-service bar.
“City Limits will begin to be a lot more active in our community since the ownership believes in equality and inclusion for all,” said organizer Tosh Metzger. “This is our night to celebrate with them as a ‘coming out’ to the Utah Valley area that they support our cause.”
The festival itself takes place on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Memorial Park, 800 E Center, Provo, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will include live music from local bands, local food, Cheer Salt Lake, activities for families of all kinds, and vendors who support the LGBTQ community. Organizers say the festival is family friendly and free to enter.
The Provo Bicycle Collective will be offering valet bike parking service to encourage public transportation and bicycling to the festival.
Last year was the first event and organizers had anticipated about 300 people. Metzger said the event drew about 4,000 people, 80 percent of whom were from Utah County.
The event will close with an After Party, Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Madison, 300 W. and Center Street.