PrideFest tradition continues
COLUMBIA- MidMo Pride hosts its 14th annual PrideFest Saturday by welcoming the community to partake in a day of celebration.
“It’s going to be a long day of partying with friends, family and allies of the LGBTQ community to have a day where we have a safe space to be ourselves,” Center Project member Steven Devore said.
Since 2017 The Center Project, Columbia’s LGBTQ resource center, has merged with MidMo Pride to put on the festival.
The family-friendly event will begin at noon at Rose Music Hall for the fourth consecutive year. Festivities include live music, food tents, fashion shows and games for people of all ages.
"Rose is just kind of the perfect place,” last year’s PrideFest president Jackie Marcink said. “There’s not a whole lot of car traffic here. We’ve got this big beautiful stage, this big yard, and we’re able to have all these vendors."
This year more than 40 local vendors and sponsors will participate in the tradition of inclusion.
“Every year we seem to be getting more and more attention with more people wanting to get involved,” Devore said. “The community support keeps growing.”
Devore said this year’s celebration is different because of the volunteers.
“We got way more help from young kids this time around,” Devore said. “It’s nice to see the future LGBTQ community getting involved because they’re the ones who’ll be running the show next.”
Activities run from 12pm-9pm at Rose Music Hall. For more information visit MidMo PrideFest’s website.