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41st Pride Fest celebration kicks off in metro today

DES MOINES– Friday, Capital City Pride kicks off the largest LGBTQ event in Iowa- the 41st Pride Fest.

DES MOINES– Friday, Capital City Pride kicks off the largest LGBTQ event in Iowa- the 41st Pride Fest.

“We have a lot going on,” said Dan Jansen, the President and Spokesperson for Capital City Pride. “This year, we really focused on making events and activities that are open welcoming to everybody. So LGBTQ community and allies, friends, family, everyone is welcome. There should be something for everyone.”

With a beautiful forecast ahead, Hillary Gardner the Event Director for Capital City Pride is optimistic this year will have a great turnout, “We’re hoping for 20,000 this year. We had about 10,000 last year and we’ve really kicked up our programming. So we’re more a week instead of a weekend, so we really kicked off last weekend and with this kind of a forecast I think we’re going to have maybe even 25,000.”

The 41st Pride Fest will run Friday June 7th through Sunday June 9th. Allies are encouraged to wear pink t-shirts in support. Here are a list of some of the activities:


– Kick off your Pride Fest weekend with a day at Adventureland Park starting at 10 am to 6 pm for $35

-Check out the free second annual Pride Silent Disco at East 5th by Blazing Saddle starting at 6 pm

-Kicking off the entertainment Friday is Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, at the 107.5 KISS FM Mainstage starting at 9 pm.


-Wake up earl for the 2019 Pride Fun Run starting at 8 am at Brenton Skating Plaza. Registration is $25

-Join Capital City Pride for the second annual Pride Pet Parade at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Registration is $5 and get ready to strut your fluff by 9 am

-Find your center at Pride Yoga starting at 11 am at Brenton Skating Plaza

-Check out the Pride Sports League Wellness Area Saturday and Sunday from noon to close on 5th Street

-Celebrating 10 Years of Love Reception starting at noon at the People’s Plaza at the State Capitol

-Meet the Candidates at the People’s Plaza starting at 1:30 pm. Former Governor Beto O’Rourke, Former Congressman John K Delaney, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Tim Ryan will each have 10 minutes to talk

-Performers take over Wooly’s for the 2019 Pride Drag King DSM. Doors open at 5 pm; show at 6 pm. It’s $10 in advance and $15 at the door

-Dirty Rotten Scoundrels take the 107.5 KISS FM Mainstage at 8:30 pm for free

-Parson James take the 107.5 KISS FM Mainstage at 9:30 pm for free

-Capital City Pride presents Elevate with global DJ and producer Tracy Young at Wooly’s Tickets are available online for $25. 


-At the mainstage, check out the Sunday morning for an uplifting, progressive, non-traditional service led by Pastor Debbie Griffin and the Downtown Disciples starting at 10 am

-Wrapping up the 41st Pride Fest with the parade starting at noon in Historic East Village from the Statehouse down Grand Avenue

For a more information about the weekend of events, parking, vendors, pride shop and much more check out Capital City Pride’s website.