Columbia Celebrates PrideFest
COLUMBIA - Columbia is having its ninth annual PrideFest Sunday, August 18. The event celebrates the local LGBTQ community.
It started at 11:30 this morning and runs until 9:00 tonight.
People at the festival can visit booths, watch the "gayest dog show" competition, and attend an interfaith prayer session, drag show and singing competition.
"There's a combination of gay, straight and allies that come out and you'll notice as you mingle in the crowd that everyone is just wanting everybody to be accepted and live your life normally," said PrideFest Director Doug Stone.
Stone said PrideFest has planned for ten thousand people this year after having more than six thousand people last year.
Even though Pride Month is in June, Stone said it's better for the Columbia community to have PrideFest in August.
"Pride Month is typically in June, but a lot of different towns and communities do events throughout the year," said Stone. "We tried to capitalize on August because Columbia is really more of a departure city rather than a destination city once school gets out, and it has worked for us. The attendance continues to grow every year."
The event is sponsored by MidMo PrideFest, which is part of InterPride, the International Association of Pride Organizers. Locally, MidMo PrideFest is part of Mid-Missouri LGBT Coalition.