ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Tower Grove Pride is bringing LGBTQ Pride back to Tower Grove Park in 2018. The annual festival, now in its sixth year, is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, from noon to 8pm.

 

Founded in 2013 by Angelo Olegna and Michael Powers as a grassroots response to Pride St. Louis moving its celebration from South Grand to downtown, Tower Grove Pride has grown exponentially over the years.

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“Last year we filled every square inch of sidewalk space on several blocks and side streets along South Grand,” said Olegna via press release. “This year, we’ll still have a presence on Grand, and we’ll be taking over a beautiful corner of Tower Grove Park, giving ourselves room for future growth. It will be safer, more accessible, and have plenty more space for friends, family, and all of our furry friends to play and mingle.”  

 

The park footprint will include Sons of Rest Pavilion, the main outdoor stage and the Stupp Center, which will come to life as the “Backstage at Tower Grove Pride,” where guests will have access to all-day entertainment on a smaller, outdoor amphitheater with curated performances.

 

 Inside at the Stupp will be an opportunity to break from the summer heat, enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks and mingling with myriad drag queens, musicians, and burlesque performers coming off stage. Also, Don’t miss the “Best of Mommie Dearest” competition where contestants will give their best Joan Crawford freakout impression for a cash prize.Tickets for the Backstage are already on sale.

 

Tower Grove Pride continues its charge to empower local artists, crafters, small businesses and nonprofits connected to the LGBT+ community, with more local vendors signed on this year than ever before, including nearly a dozen diverse food trucks. 4Hands Brewing Co. will be at the bar with the CityWide Pride cans they debuted last year and, yes, the famous Tower Grove Pride Boozy Rainbow Slushieswill be back to cool crowds down.

 

Tower Grove Pride’s expansion is made possible in part by one of its biggest sponsors, 4Hands Brewing Company.

 

“We always wanted to be more than a brewery,” said Kevin Lemp, founder/CEO 4 Hands Brewing in the same release. “City Wide has allowed us to accomplish that mission; by giving back $1 per case sold to local non profits and other organizations. We created City Wide Pride to show our support for such an important organization and spread their voice through our beer and branding. We appreciate the partnership and relationships that we have built with Tower Grove Pride and look forward to the 2018 events."

 

Tower Grove Park administrators say they are enthusiastic about hosting Pride celebrations in the park once again.

 

“Tower Grove Park is and will continue to be the most welcoming place in the region for people of all backgrounds,” also said Director of Community Programs Liz Hickox. “We look forward to working with Tower Grove Pride in welcoming the LGBT+ community to the Park this June.”

 

According to organizers, Tower Grove Pride strives to be an all-inclusive festival that brings together a diverse spectrum of people from the neighborhoods around Tower Grove Park and all over the City and region at large. No matter how one identifies ; their age, race, religion or sexual orientation, all are welcome. The event celebrates the idea that love is love, and brings together the community to support one another on Stonewall Weekend.

 

For more information contact Towergrovepride "at" gmail.com or visit their Facebook Page.

 

 

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