LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Pride Festival will return on Saturday, Sept. 18, after COVID-19 canceled last year's event. The festival was held every year from 2015 to 2019, and in 2020, the Louisville Pride Foundation launched a Digital Pride initiative and organized a Day of Service.

What You Need To Know

  • Louisville Pride Festival will return Sept. 18

  • The annual festival includes a street fair, vendors, food and more

  • Louisville Pride Foundation organizes and produces the festival

  • The organization is working to open an LGBTQ+ Community Center

The annual festival includes a street fair and concert held on Bardstown Road, featuring food and drink, more than 100 vendors, national entertainers, local performers, a Wellness Zone and a Family Area. Roughly 20,000 people attended 2019's gathering, according to a release from the foundation.

The Louisville Pride Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, organizes and produces the festival. The organization is working to open an LGBTQ+ Community Center.

“Moving the Center project forward has been challenging during COVID, but we are currently negotiating a lease on a great location. We hope to cut the ribbon by the time the festival is here,” said Mike Slaton, executive director of the Louisville Pride Foundation.

“We are grateful to our donors, volunteers, and sponsors for sticking with us, especially Ford and UAW, who have been our presenting sponsors every year,” Slaton said.

The Foundation received support from My Financing USA, the Gheens Foundation, Ford Motor Company, the United Auto Workers, US Bank, Norton Healthcare, GE, Republic Bank, Tito’s Vodka, Rounsavall Title Group, Caperton Realty and JustFund KY.

For more information, like how to sign up as a sponsor, vendor or volunteer, visit www.louisvillepride.com.


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