The Louisville Pride Festival will be returning for its sixth year on Saturday, September 18. The Festival was held every year from 2015-2019. In 2020, the Foundation launched a Digital Pride initiative to deliver virtual programming and organized a Day of Service when the Festival could not be held, due to COVID-19.
The Louisville Pride Festival is an annual street fair and concert that is held on Bardstown Road, in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, and features food and drink, over 100 vendors, national entertainers and local performers, a Wellness Zone, and a Family Area. Approximately 20,000 people attended the event in 2019. The event is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and is open to everyone.
The Festival is organized and produced by the Louisville Pride Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to open an LGBTQ+ Community Center. “Moving the Center project forward has been challenging during COVID, but we are currently negotiating a lease on a great location. We hope to cut the ribbon by the time the Festival is here,” said Mike Slaton, executive director of the Louisville Pride Foundation.
“We are grateful to our donors, volunteers, and sponsors for sticking with us, especially Ford and UAW, who have been our presenting sponsors every year,” Slaton said. The Foundation received support from My Financing USA, the Gheens Foundation, Ford Motor Company, the United Auto Workers, US Bank, Norton Healthcare, GE, Republic Bank, Tito’s Vodka, Rounsavall Title Group, Caperton Realty, and JustFund KY.
Established in 2014, the Louisville Pride Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes Louisville as one community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion for all, and embraces the LGBTQ+ community. The foundation seeks to promote this unity between LGBTQ+ people and straight allies by engaging in a conversation with the broader community about what makes us one while celebrating what makes us different.