Parade route includes Frenchtown and Historic Main Street

 

ST. CHARLES, Mo.Pride St. Charles (PSC) announced via live stream, on Wednesday, that they will be hosting the first LGBTQIA+ Pride Parade in St. Charles County on June 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

The historic first Pride Parade will be immediately followed by the fifth annual St. Charles PrideFest, held annually at Frontier Park in St. Charles, Mo., on the scenic Missouri River.

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The Parade will step off at Bales Park, head south on N. Main St., continue to N. Second St., on to Clark St., before continuing on N. Main St. and St. Charles' Historic Main Street cobblestones, reaching Boone's Lick Rd., and concluding at Riverside Dr. and dispersing at Bishop’s Landing.

 

“The City of St. Charles has been very helpful with this process," said PSC President, Beth Finder. "They gave us a very fast application approval, and also assisted with the route planning. We could not be more thrilled to have the support of the city for this history making moment."

 
Presenting Sponsor Proctor and Gamble (P&G) has already reserved their spot. The iconic St. Louis Balloon Brigade has confirmed participation as well, and will be carrying the soon to be announced Pride Parade Grand Marshal on their float.

 

"The Balloon Brigade was approached several weeks ago about the possibility of leading the Parade and we managed to keep it a secret since then," stated Brigade co-founder Chad Carroll. "We are very honored and excited about starting their first parade with our big splash of fabulous."

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The theme of this year's inaugural St. Charles Pride Parade will be Reflections: Looking Back...Marching Forward.

 

“We chose this theme because it is fitting with the progress that we have seen within our community since PSC was founded," said Parade Coordinator and PSC Director, Lacie Jett-Ricketts. "It is always great to keep looking to the future, but sometimes you have to remember where you came from to know where you are going. We want to reflect on the past while ushering in the future."

 

“We decided to host a Pride Parade this year because it is our fifth year and we thought it was about time that we gave our community what they have been asking for since we started,” added Parade Coordinator and PSC First Vice President, Jason Dunn.

 

Any organizations interested in participating the Parade should visit the PSC website and apply. The Parade has a limited capacity, and businesses should apply as soon as possible.

 

Additionally, Pride St. Charles will be hosting a wedding for the fourth year. The wedding contest is currently open to applicants through a form on the PSC website.

 

The Pride St. Charles festival is scheduled to take place from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Participants will include local and state dignitaries, and other public officials, live entertainment all day, Balloon Brigade, and more. Applications for vendors and sponsors are available at www.pridestcharles.org.

 

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