The Utah Pride Parade is an annual event of the Utah Pride Center whose mission is to unite, empower and celebrate Utah’s diverse LGBTQ+ community by providing a safe and welcoming space for education, partnerships, services and events which advance our collective health, wellness, and success. The purpose of the Pride Parade is threefold - to celebrate the LGBTQ+ communities of Utah; to promote the health and wellbeing of our communities by allowing them to see themselves celebrated; and to educate the communities as to the variety of peoples, groups and organizations that support and encourage LGBTQ+ inclusive practice.
The 2019 Utah Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, June 2nd. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in the history of the LGBTQ+ movement and our festival theme is: Exist. Resist. Persist. Celebrating 50 Years of Stonewall
APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH APRIL 1, 2019. WAITING LIST APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN ON APRIL 2, 2019.
Parade staging will begin at 7.00am with step-off at 10.00am. The Parade will begin at 200 South & West Temple and end at 200 South 400 East.
Parade Application Criteria
The Utah Pride Parade has grown from strength to strength over a number of years. This is not only as a result of the incredible hard work done by the Pride Parade planning group, but also due to the increased understanding of communities when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues and concerns. Organizations and companies have seen the benefits of improving diversity and inclusive practices in their workplaces and want to be part of this celebration.
The Pride Parade planning committee has realized that with this growth in demand for participation, there are some important issues and concerns that need to be addressed:
1. Size, length and numbers of participants – while the purpose of the Parade is to be as welcoming as possible to everyone who strives to achieve the vision of the UPC, we have run into significant increases in costs and management of this Parade. For the near future we have to consider ways to reduce size, length and number of participants.
2. Focus on LGBTQ+ community – over the years there have been many changes to the participants in the Parade and the reasons for people wanting to be a part of this unique event. The Utah Pride Parade, in keeping with national trends, wants to make sure that the focus is always on our LGBTQ+ communities, members and organizations. We are striving to make sure that there is a good balance between LGBTQ+ community groups, businesses, organizations and corporate employee resource groups.
3. Reflecting the intersectionality of oppressions – the Utah Pride Center works with a variety of community groups and populations. We are acutely aware of our connection to our society and the issues that are faced by a variety of populations. We are striving to make sure that the Parade reflects our inter-connectedness and speaks to our mission statement that strives to promote collective health, wellbeing and success.
This year, we have adapted the application process so that we are able to be better informed about the groups who want to be part of the Parade. In the past, parade applications have been accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2019 parade will be our first parade where we will consider entrants based on a series of questions included in the application process. These questions have been developed by a focus group of members of our LGBTQ+ communities and the communities we serve. We typically receive 200+ applications and only have room for 150 entrants, so the quality of your application will be considered in this process. One of the very exciting new additions to the Pride Parade and the application process is the inclusion of a section that will seek to pair corporates or businesses with community organizations. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to build bridges and connections between business groups and grassroots community groups or projects. Please fill out the registration form as completely and accurately as possible.