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July 26th-27th @ Headwaters Park
The 2 day event includes vendors, live entertainment, beer tent, workshops, food, KidSpace, a march, tournaments, and fun! People from all ages, sexualities, and backgrounds are welcome to attend. Friday's hours are from 7pm-midnight and Saturday noon-midnight. Kids 12 & under are free both days.
Location: Headwaters Park
Friday (7p-midnight)- The kickoff party includes music from local bands as well as a dance party for the last hour. There will be a beer tent and food as well as some of the vendors will be set up.
Saturday (11:15a-noon) 8th Annual Pride March- Steps off in front of Headwaters at 11:15a and winds through downtown ending back at the festival in time for the start. No registration or fees required to participate...all LGBTQ persons and straight allies welcome! Wheelchair accessible. If you are a nonprofit, political group or business interested in participating please contact us.
Saturday (noon-midnight)- Fort Wayne Pride- The festival includes: A vendor market, beer tent; food vendors; workshops, cornhole tournament; KidSpace and live entertainment from a variety of local, regional, and national bands/ singers (schedule).
Vendor Market-Noon-7p (some vendors are open throughout) which includes nearly 125 retail, business, and nonprofit booths as well as the Pride Food Plaza
KidSpace- Noon-6p- Entirely Free; Children under 12 which includes games, prizes, crafts, a magic show, character appearances, face painting and inflatables (moonwalk, giant slide, wrecking ball)
Workshops- Noon-6p; Variety of Categories presented by community experts each followed by a Q & A
12pm Healthy Relationships presented by Dr. Erin Bowman and Renee Devine
1pm Pronouns 101: Ask and Respect presented by Jordan Braxton
2pm LGBTQ+ 101 for parents, caregivers and adult family presented by Nicki Meier and Maralee Martin of the Center for Nonviolence
3pm Gender Identity and Expression presented by Jordan Braxton
4pm The Role of the Trans Ally: How to support and positively influence the lives of the gender diverse community presented by Kris Wise
5pm Chat & Chill- a time for middle and high school students to meet new friends and talk about goals for the Fort Wayne LGBTQ+ youth community
Cornhole Tournament- 2p-5p- Enter by 1:30p or until bracket is full; free to enter; $50 for 1st prize team; email firstname.lastname@example.org for early registration (you still need to check in prior to 1:30p)
New Last Year: Expanded festival area Saturday noon-7pm including the grassy area next to the festival plaza to accommodate many more vendors, a workshop space, and expanded KidSpace including more inflatables and entertainment!
There are a few things to keep in mind while attending Pride:
** All ages are welcome at Pride, but after 8pm children ages 5 and under will need to leave the festival. With the crowds getting larger, it is not safe to have little ones in the festival grounds. After 8pm, we do not
guarantee "family friendly" which may include cursing in songs, large crowds, and louder music than in
** PRIDE IS SMOKE FREE EXCEPT IN THE DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA INSIDE THE VENUE.
** We are not responsible for any illegally parked vehicles. There are convenient lots next to the park as well
as free parking throughout downtown.
** Only those who have paid for a vendor space are allowed to sell, distribute information, or solicate at Pride.
** Pets are not allowed at Pride due to city regulations. We love pets, but please leave them at home.
** Outside alcohol is prohibited at Pride. This breaks laws as well as risks our loss of liquor license.
** Pride prohibits weapons of any type in the park throughout the festival.
** Be sure to arrive early for better seating during our events.
** Accessible seating is available. An ASL interpreter will be on stage from 9p-midnight on Saturday.
** An ATM is located near the entrance of Pride for your convenience.
** FW Pride reserves the right to eject individuals breaking laws.
** Fort Wayne Police, both uniform and plain clothes, will be on site during the festival for security purposes.
** Bag searches will be conducted at the gate to help keep attendees safe. Security cameras are in use around
the festival grounds as well.