PrideFest 2016 Q&A
Here are some answers to many of the questions you all have been asking about so far this year. If you have another question not answered here, we’d love to help you get an answer. Read on to learn about parking, festival amenities, and the many things you have to look forward to this year.
When is the festival?
This year, the 2016 St. Louis LGBT PrideFest is on Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at Soldiers’ Memorial downtown. The festival will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11am to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 am to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
How much does it cost?
Admission to the festival is FREE!
When and where is the parade?
For 2016, the Pride Parade will come down Market Street, starting at 8th Street and ending at 18th Street. This means the parade will pass by the entire festival grounds for the first time.
The parade is starting ONE HOUR LATER at Noon. Be sure to get a great spot to enjoy the fun!
If you are involved in the parade, the staging area is located east of 8th Street along market. Check your email for detailed instructions or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How do I get to PrideFest?
PrideFest is located in downtown St. Louis at Soldiers’ Memorial. It is easy to access the festival by taking the MetroLink or MetroBus. A taxi stand is also located at 14th an Market.
Parking is also available at meters downtown, which are free of charge on weekends. Be sure not to park at reserved meters or in no parking areas.
There are also multiple lots and garages available in the area that are operated by independent companies. The cost to park will vary based on the business owner’s discretion.
Accessible ADA parking is available on the northwest side of the festival grounds. Drop off zone is located at Market and 14th.
What if I need a hotel?
How do I get around PrideFest?
This year’s festival layout is designed by zones, with activities for all ages, including children, athletes, entertainment, a Red Bull Dance area with LIVE DJ’s, an Under 25/Teen Area called The Hive, and a food court. But what if you do not feel like walking from one end to the other?
Coffee Cartel is providing a shuttle that will circle the perimeter of the festival, to help you get from one end of the grounds to the other, or hop off at any stop in between. The cost is $1 per ride. Shuttles are based at Market and 14th
Is it safe?
We want everyone to have a great and safe time at PrideFest. That’s why we have been working closely with city officials and the police department throughout the year.
This year, Pride St. Louis, Inc. uses a private security firm and works closely with the St. Louis Police Department to keep the attendees and grounds safe and secure.
Is there a fence?
To secure the perimeter and keep our guests, vendors, and staff safe, there is bike rack fencing outlining the perimeter of the festival zone. Use one of our Entry Plazas to enter (Pine at 13th, Tucker at Chestnut, Market at 13th, 14th and 15th, and the West end of Chestnut). There is a suggested donation of $1. At each Entry Plaza be sure to pick up a free program book.
What should I bring or leave at home?
As in past years, no coolers will be allowed onto the festival grounds. If you have specific dietary needs or other concerns, we recommend bringing a small, soft-sided lunchbox style container with you. Large, hard-sided coolers will not be allowed into the grounds.
Please do not bring tents to the festival grounds. They block the view and make it hard for everyone to enjoy the entertainment and festivities. Lawn chairs are welcome.
No weapons or firearms are allowed on the festival grounds. Anyone bringing prohibited items onto the grounds will be asked to leave.
For everyone’s safety, please do not bring glass containers in with you. Also, in compliance with our liquor license, no outside alcohol can be allowed. No one under the legal drinking age of 21 is allowed to drink at PrideFest.
Individual, single bottles of water are allowed to be carried in. Limited to personal use.
Please do not bring pets.
What is the weather going to be like?
As St. Louisan’s know, the weather in St. Louis is very unpredictable. However, the average temperature on the last weekend in June over the past several years has been in the mid- to high 90s. Check the weather before heading to the festival and dress accordingly.
Read more about our pet policy here.
Is there any shade downtown?
The footprint for the 2016 festival consists of five shady parks that are full of trees, with plenty of shade. Our new downtown location may also provide a nice breeze during the weekend, depending on the weather.
How can I cool down?
Thanks to the numerous water sources at Soldiers’ Memorial, and Metro is sponsoring the SAGE cooling tent. The City of St. Louis will also be bringing drinking water trucks, so there are plenty of ways to stay cool.
Where are the bathrooms?
Restrooms can be found at locations around the festival.
What if there is a (medical) emergency?
An ambulance will be on site at all times during festival hours. A first aid tent staffed by a team of medical professionals can be found on 14th Street just North of Chestnut, on the west side of Soldiers’ Memorial.
Also found kids, police and security are located on 14th just North of Chestnut.
What is the festival theme?
This year’s festival theme is Color Our World.
What is there to eat at the festival?
There’s plenty of great food choices located in our main food area on Chestnut in front of Soldier’s Memorial. Please enjoy food and drinks from our vendors!
What is there to drink at the festival?
Vendors are selling a variety of beverages in the food court area. The NAMES Project is selling lemonade as a fundraiser for the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Do I need a wristband for alcohol purchases?
Yes. Please visit any beer or liquor booth, located throughout the festival, to show your identification and purchase a $1 wristband for the weekend. This will ensure shorter lines at the alcohol booths upon your return, since you have already shown your proof of age.
How do the drink tickets work?
There are no drink tickets for the 2016 PrideFest. This year, all point of sale purchases will be made at the alcohol and beer booths.
You may tip the bartenders and all tips benefit Pride St. Louis Inc. Please use cash if you would like to tip.
Are there ATMs at the festival?
ATMs are located throughout the festival grounds, near the Bud Light Entertainment Stage on Sponsor Row and also near the Monsanto Local Performance Stage.
What kind of entertainment will there be?
PrideFest is bringing you dozens of entertainment acts this year on two stages. Enjoy a variety of acts and performances, including music, dance, and visual arts. Check the festival lineup page for a schedule and bios.
Is PrideFest family friendly?
PrideFest is for everyone! We have a great fenced, staffed Children’s Area, including a waterslide, bounce house, crafts, and more.
Is there a commitment / marriage ceremony?
Yes. Registration for the marriage/commitment ceremony ends on June 24. The ceremony will be held Saturday, June 25 at 3 p.m. in the City Hall rotunda. A reception will follow in the Rotunda.
What should volunteers plan to do?
Volunteers who registered in advance will have assigned shifts so that you can enjoy the festival when you are not helping us out. Food and drinks are provided for volunteers at the volunteer area when working.
Please check in when you arrive at the volunteer check-in tent on the west side of Soldiers’ Memorial to get details about your assignment. For questions in advance of the festival, contact email@example.com.
Where should the media go?
Media packets and information will be available at the volunteer/media check-in area on the west side of Soldiers’ Memorial. Please let the check-in team know you are with the media so we can ensure you have everything you need.
Where is Pride Central? What is Pride Central?
Pride Central is located West of Soldiers’ Memorial, near the Volunteer and Media Check-in. Pride Central is our operations area and commissary.
What is Athletes Village?
Athletes Village brings LGBT sports to life thanks to Team Saint Louis, an organization for LGBT athletes that includes sports such as rugby, kickball, volleyball, and much more. See some of what they have to offer during the weekend’s activities.
What is the VIP Experience?
The Bud Light VIP Experience is a great way to enjoy the festival, featuring an air conditioned tent, an open bar, complimentary food, and first access to meet and greets by some of the artists. Tickets are $50 per day or $75 for a two-day pass. VIP parking is included, while supplies last.
Where is the Bud Light Stage?
The Bud Light stage is at the northeast corner of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Pine Street and Tucker Boulevard. It will be providing entertainment on Saturday from 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Where is the Monsanto Stage?
The Monsanto stage is on the west edge of the festival grounds, near the intersection of Chestnut Street and 15th Street. Check out entertainment on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1:15 to 6 p.m.