Thousands expected to attend KC PrideFest

Thousands expected to attend KC PrideFest

Kansas City PrideFest kicks off this weekend and is expecting to double in size this year with thousands of festivalgoers over the three-day festival.The LGBTQ festival will have a main stage with local acts, a laser show, a parade and more activities.One of the Kansas City Pride Community Alliance board members said he hopes this will help guide Kansas City to become more inclusive. “We want to light the park up and we want to light the city up and let them know we are here and we are proud of this,” Justin Mahaney said.He said the festival will give people an opportunity to see thousands celebrating LGBTQ+ pride in the heart of the city. “A win for Kansas City is a win for the LGBTQ community and a win for the LGBTQ community is a win for Kansas City. So that’s what this means, it just shows us that our community supports everybody in our community and it guides us in a better direction of being inclusive,” Mahaney said. Craig Verstraete is one of the vendors at the festival. He said he is participating to show he supports all of his coworkers.“I’m a part of the Sheet Metals Workers Local No. 2 Women in Construction Committee and a few of our members are of this community and we are here to support them and be a part of this weekend’s festival,” Verstraete said. “We are behind them one hundred percent.”The festival is located at Theis Park across from the Nelson Atkins museum. Trolleys will be providing transportation for anyone who parks at the UMKC Cherry Street garage or the public parking garages throughout the Plaza. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will lead to some road closures. The parade will go east on Westport Road, turn south on Broadway, continue onto Mill Creek Parkway where it will turn left onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and continue to the endpoint at Theis Park.Mahaney said roads in Westport will close early Saturday morning. Roads feeding into the parade route will close around 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 each day and can be purchased online or in person.

Kansas City PrideFest kicks off this weekend and is expecting to double in size this year with thousands of festivalgoers over the three-day festival.

The LGBTQ festival will have a main stage with local acts, a laser show, a parade and more activities.

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One of the Kansas City Pride Community Alliance board members said he hopes this will help guide Kansas City to become more inclusive.

“We want to light the park up and we want to light the city up and let them know we are here and we are proud of this,” Justin Mahaney said.

He said the festival will give people an opportunity to see thousands celebrating LGBTQ+ pride in the heart of the city.

“A win for Kansas City is a win for the LGBTQ community and a win for the LGBTQ community is a win for Kansas City. So that’s what this means, it just shows us that our community supports everybody in our community and it guides us in a better direction of being inclusive,” Mahaney said.

Craig Verstraete is one of the vendors at the festival. He said he is participating to show he supports all of his coworkers.

“I’m a part of the Sheet Metals Workers Local No. 2 Women in Construction Committee and a few of our members are of this community and we are here to support them and be a part of this weekend’s festival,” Verstraete said. “We are behind them one hundred percent.”

The festival is located at Theis Park across from the Nelson Atkins museum. Trolleys will be providing transportation for anyone who parks at the UMKC Cherry Street garage or the public parking garages throughout the Plaza.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and will lead to some road closures. The parade will go east on Westport Road, turn south on Broadway, continue onto Mill Creek Parkway where it will turn left onto Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and continue to the endpoint at Theis Park.

Mahaney said roads in Westport will close early Saturday morning. Roads feeding into the parade route will close around 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are $5 each day and can be purchased online or in person.

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