St. Charles County’s 3rd Pride Festival is moving to Downtown St. Charles


ST. CHARLES, Mo. – On June 17, 2017, the third annual St. Charles LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival will be held at Frontier Park in St. Charles, Missouri.


Pride St. Charles had a successful second year at 370 Lakeside Park. The festival took place the third week in June and drew a crowd of more than 6,500 attendees along with local and national media.

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“It is important to us that our festival does not overlap or interfere with other local Pride celebrations. That is why we have chosen the third weekend in June, to avoid any conflict out of respect for our patrons, vendors, entertainment, sponsors, and fellow Pride organizations,” said Beth Finder, President of Pride St. Charles. “We are excited to grow into such a large space that is able to accommodate our preferred date and shares a vision for our future.The date and location are hoped to be the new permanent home for our festival.”


The St. Charles City Parks Department has welcomed Pride St. Charles with open arms and hopes to host the festival for years to come. The local Convention and Visitors Bureau has also agreed to assist with promoting the 2017 festival.


Frontier Park is located at 500 S Riverside Dr, St Charles, MO 63301, in the heart of downtown St. Charles. With Historic Main Street spanning one side of the park and a great view of the Missouri River on the other, the 16 acre park features picnic shelters, a stage, and several other attractive features.


The day will focus on entertainment and education, providing an opportunity for allies and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate and share resources. This family friendly event is designed to align those in need of support with resources and organizations within their own community.


Jill Aul, 2015 Advocate of the Year, and Beth Finder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) St. Charles collaborated to bring the idea of St. Charles County’s very own Pride Festival to fruition citing the last census report that identified 7,000 same-sex households in St. Charles County and their need for representation, resources and support.


“It was time to have a festival here in St. Charles County. As the proud mother of a gay son, it was important to me to promote education, provide resources and to bring everyone together to celebrate diversity,” said Beth Finder.


This event is not intended to compete with fellow events alike but in fact has garnered the help and support of PRIDE STL, Black Pride, Metro East Pride and more to bring to light the diversity of the St. Charles area.


For more information regarding the Festival please visit www.pridestcharles.org

 

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