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.