DISCOVER PRIDE FESTIVAL SET FOR HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ST. GEORGE
Full slate of family-friendly activities to mark annual LGBT celebration September 14-16
ST. GEORGE, UT – From a paint party to pancakes, the 2017 edition of St. George’s annual LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) celebration will have something for every member of the community. Themed “Discover Pride,” the three-day observance is intended as an inclusive, family-friendly event in which all residents – straight or not – can feel comfortable participating.
Discover Pride kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday night with a “Paint with Pride” Paint Nite gathering at Ricardo’s Restaurant. Then on Friday night, a neon rainbow dance party for all ages will be held at the Washington City Recreation Center. Beginning at 8 p.m. local favorite DJ Lex will spin the tunes, with proceeds to be directed toward the Dixie State University LGBT Student Association.
A burlesque and drag show – featuring community members camping it up for laughs and love – is slated for 7 p.m. that evening at the Hilton Garden Inn. Proceeds from this event (open to those 21+) will benefit the Youth Advocates of Southern Utah, an outreach program and drop-in center for homeless and struggling youths in the community.
Discover Pride Chairperson Stephen Lambert has scheduled a complement of activities stretching from morning to night on Saturday, September 16. The celebration gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Roene B. DiFiore Center with an Interfaith Pride service with the Southern Utah Community of Christ congregation. A free pancake breakfast will follow.
Then a full day of food and fun is on tap at Town Square Park, where music and entertainment will be presented from 3 to 10 p.m. Throughout the day, attendees will have the chance to sample tasty treats from a quartet of food trucks, try their hand at Zumba and belly dancing, and take in the talents of Pridetastic, a musical ensemble comprised of local residents. “It’s an inspirational show of love,” said Lambert.
Lambert added that while enjoying the various acts, Discover Pride attendees can visit booths hosted by various LGBT advocacy groups and event sponsors, including Equality Utah and the Mama Dragons. “I believe there’s a real need for LGBT individuals to know that there is love and support for them in this community,” Lambert noted.
“My team has done their best to ensure that everyone in St. George can feel comfortable and safe in being a part of this celebration,” Lambert continued. “The LGBT community is no different than the mainstream community; it’s just a little more colorful.”