For decades, the generosity of the Saint Louis community has been unmatched, and each year, we are moved by the support shown. We depend on your continued generosity and support to ensure that we're able to do the many things we are committed to: awarding college scholarships, funding educational programs and events, and underwriting the many community efforts throughout each year. You can donate online. Thank you for the many years of support and love. We wish each and every one of you a #HappyPride365, and we look forward to building community and growing together!
The Pride St. Louis Board of Directors
In 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimated an attendance of 85,000 attendees over PrideFest weekend, once again making the festival one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region.
Then, in 2012, PrideFest broke records again, with attendance estimated at 100,000+ over two days; it was also the longest parade in our history. The Pride Parade is now recognized as the second largest parade in the City of St. Louis.
2013 marked a historic change for Pride St. Louis and the annual PrideFest celebration as the festival relocated to Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers Memorial. With record-setting attendance numbers for both the parade and festival the Board is very excited about the 35th anniversary of Pride in St. Louis.
2014 was the 32nd anniversary of Pride in Saint Louis and saw over 150,000 attendees along with an estimated 90,000 parade-goers. The Festival layout featured 160 exhibitors and sponsors with two entertainment stages, a children’s area, Athletes Village and much more. It also marked the second year in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers' Memorial Park. In 2015 the Festival topped record numbers and reached over 200,000 spectators and attendees.
In 2016, we broke our previous records again; a quarter-million people attended PrideFest, and we had our largest parade in our history.
Pride St. Louis is grateful for and committed to the partnerships we have cultivated with past vendors and we are excited about the addition of new vendors each year. We truly appreciate your support, not only of Pride St. Louis, but also of the entire LGBTQIA+ Community. Together, we can work to once again produce a record setting Pride Celebration in 2017!
When is the festival?
The dates and times for PrideFest 2017 will be posted as they become available.
How much does it cost?
Admission to the festival is free, but we strongly suggest a $5 donation per person to ensure that we can continue to provide a great PrideFest experience. Donations go towards many initiatives, including scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students, educational workshops, and providing a safe space for the community to meet.
When and where is the parade?
The 2017 parade information will be posted as it becomes available. Contact Ellen Vanscoy 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 and Market.
Where do I park?
Parking is also available at meters downtown, which are free of charge on Sunday only. Be sure not to park at reserved meters or in "no parking" areas.
Is there a dress code?
While there isn't a specific dress code, we are required by law to abide by the City of Saint Louis' code of ordinances, which sets standards for what is considered acceptable. Check out their website for more information.
Is PrideFest safe?
Due to the safety concerns that have arisen as a result of events in Orlando and Los Angeles, we are continuing to work closely with the STLMPD and the City of Saint Louis to ensure the safety of every person, and have increased the security and police presence at the festival. In addition to volunteer security, we utilize a combination of hired security (both marked and unmarked), professional events staffing, as well as the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. We encourage each person to remain alert to their surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior to security and police personnel.
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. There is a suggested donation of $5. 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 immediately.
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, with the exception of service animals.
Where are the bathrooms?
Restrooms can be found at several 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 also be found on the festival footprint.
What is the theme of the festival?
We'll update this information when we choose our 2017 PrideFest theme!
What is there to eat at the festival?
There’s plenty of great food choices located in our main food area. Please enjoy food and drinks from our vendors!
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.
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 brings 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 entertainment page for a schedule and biographies.