Large crowds expected at PrideFest St. Louis this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-PrideFest 2014 kicks-off Saturday in St. Louis. Crews are busy Friday setting up tents at Soldiers’ Memorial for this year`s festival.

The first PrideFest was put on by the LGBT community back in 1979. It attracted hundreds of people. This weekend they’re expecting 160,000 folks to take part.

The 2014 PrideFest and parade occurs the same week that four same sex couples were married at St. Louis city hall, a direct challenge to the state of Missouri’s gay marriage ban. A court order put any other gay marriages on hold.

PrideFest will host a commitment ceremony at 3:00pm Saturday. Organizers hope soon, instead of a commitment, folks will be able to be married at the event

Everyone is welcome, gay or straight, at the festival. Families are encouraged. There will be a special children’s area with arts and crafts and attractions.

22 comments

  • Ed Golterman

    End the ‘assaults’ on Soldiers Memorial and its grounds by all the ‘fests’ producers. Not the place.
    Perhaps better treatment for Veterans has to start with a re-discovered respect for them and their sacrifices. Said respect was somehow lost in St. Louis, many years ago.

  • Buck O'Famagh

    Time magazine did a cover article years ago attributing the first 1,500 or so AIDs cases in north America to a single homosexual flight attendant from Belgium. Now there’s something to be proud of!

  • rose

    Why would they encourage people to bring their families to an event like this. I don’t think this is something for children to witness.

    • mark

      Indeed, Rose. However are people supposed to further their own personal hatred of other humans onto their children if they dare to take those children to witness that those who are hated are human in every way? “I don’t think” would have sufficed.

      • rose

        MARK, It is part of parenting to decide what you think is best for your children, that includes family time. Just because there are a million other places to go and see, and you decide against Pride Fest doesn’t mean you hate them. I don’t take my children to a lot of places for different reasons, but it is not because I hate them, mostly because I don’t believe my children are old enough to understand.

      • Buck O'Famagh

        No hate here Mark. Just want them to live their lives and shut up about it. Should we have a parade celebrating those who engage in other abnormal behavior? How about a parade for pedophiles? Or maybe those who eat excretions from their own bodies? That’d be swell wouldn’t it?

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  • Eric

    I’m curious about a follow up story here. They expected 160,000. How many did they really get? The few pictures they posted showed a single row of people up against the parade route fence. I want to see those wide angle lens crowd shots that are full of supporters… Where are they? They can’t blame the weather: no serious rain threats; reasonably cool temperatures and clouds/shade dominated the day. I’m guessing our pride promoting journalists won’t say a word about the below expected turnout.

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