Downtown was built by St. Louisans who liked a great parade. Over the years, we have celebrated heroes, champions, victories, and holidays on downtown’s wide streets and plazas. With the public buildings, including the magnificent new Peabody Opera House and Central Library, as backdrops, the pictures are going to be dramatic. I am very pleased to welcome Pride St. Louis and our parade to the city’s best parade route. I also predict the biggest party Downtown has seen in decades.
Mayor Francis G. Slay, City of St. Louis
The opportunity for Pride Fest to be downtown enables greater visibility for our community. Additionally, as the festival continues to grow, the new location will allow greater flexibility in program scheduling, easier access to the festival through MetroLink, and an enhanced relationship with the city.
Wendy Markum and Al Fischer, Executive Director and Artistic Director of Gateway Men’s Chorus
Within just the last year we have seen remarkable movement on LGBT issues, not just in our region, but across the country. The movement of the annual Pride Festival to downtown Saint Louis is only fitting and appropriate. Our region already has great diversity. Now Downtown Saint Louis will embrace and showcase the diversity of the LGBT community.