Festival Guidelines

guidelinesWelcome to the Utah Pride Festival! The festival is a three-day celebration with entertainment on four stages, great food and beverage options and over a hundred exhibitors which includes many local organizations and businesses who represent the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies.

The Utah Pride Festival is a private event. Please be advised that the event organizer, the Utah Pride Center, reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established by the Utah Pride Center.

The following are basic rules and regulations that make for a safe and happy festival for all. Everyone participating in or attending the Utah Pride Festival must agree and comply with these Festival Guidelines.

If you are looking for other Guidelines for the 2014 Utah Pride Festival, please see the following links:

Festival Admission

A ticket is required for admission to the festival. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you leave the festival grounds and want to return, you must have your hand stamped for re-entry before exiting the festival grounds. Tickets are available at the festival gates or will be available for purchase online.

Pet Policy

Animal lovers are urged to leave their pets at home for their comfort and safety. Even the most socialized of animals can often become stressed, agitated, and overheated in the festival atmosphere. Also, please consider that some festival attendees might be uncomfortable in the presence of your family pets. If you bring your pets to the festival, please remember that you are responsible for them at all times. You will be expected to provide water, pick up after them, and keep them under control, so come prepared. Pets must remain leashed or caged at all times while at the festival.

Cameras and Video Equipment

Cameras and video recording devices may be used for PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. Members of the media, individuals and organizations wishing to document the festival must fill out a media application and check in with a designated Utah Pride Center staff member. In addition, recording of the performances of the professional entertainers at the festival is prohibited. Some entertainers’ contractual arrangements do not allow pictures or videotaping of their show and the festival will honor their legal obligations and contractual arrangements. Accordingly, when photographing at the festival, please ask for permission of the subject in advance to respect people’s wishes regarding having their likeness captured.

Local Laws and State Statutes

Local law enforcement is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Utah Pride Festival events. Such statutes and ordinances regulate issues including public decency, smoking in public spaces, alcohol consumption and distribution, controlled substances, public safety and vehicle-related issues. Festival and Parade participants and attendees are reminded that public nudity is illegal, and such laws will be enforced by local law enforcement personnel. In addition, participants are not permitted by law to leave the festival grounds with open containers of alcohol.

Security

Uniformed Security and Safety Monitors will be in abundance and constantly patrolling the festival grounds. Festival staff and volunteers will be identifiable by the official staff or volunteer t-shirts. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance in the event that a problem should arise.

Prohibited Items

No firearms, coolers, food, beverages, glass bottles, or open containers from outside the festival grounds are permitted. Organizers encourage you to support festival vendors. You may bring an empty water bottle into the festival grounds. Free water is available at various stations. Cold bottled water is for sale at various locations within the festival grounds. For attendees safety and protection, Utah Pride Festival reserves the right to search all bags and people entering the festival area. Anyone failing to comply with regulations will be asked to leave.

Volunteers

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to produce the festival each year. Volunteers must apply in advance online. Volunteers agree to work one ore more shifts of three or more hours. Admission is free to volunteers on the day(s) of their volunteer shift. Those who cannot afford admission are encouraged to volunteer. Additionally, some tickets may be available, in limited circumstances, for low-income entrants. Contact the Utah Pride Center at 801.539.8800 ext. 120 for more information.

Alcoholic Beverages

As required by Utah law, you must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume any alcoholic beverage. Age verification for alcohol sales will be conducted with a wristband system. Alcohol purchasers and consumers must wear an appropriate wristband at all times. To ensure that you will be permitted to purchase alcohol, please bring your drivers license or state ID to the festival. In addition to the wristband, consumers of alcohol MUST HAVE ID AT ALL TIMES. The Utah Pride Festival asks that participants enjoy alcohol responsibly. Alcohol will not be sold to intoxicated individuals.

Please Drink Responsibly

The Utah Pride Center and the festival sponsors remind and encourage participants to make arrangements for a designated driver. Additionally, the festival is conveniently located near public transportation. Volunteers and/or safety and security personnel will make arrangements for taxicabs to transport intoxicated individuals as requested. Intoxicated individuals will be asked to leave the festival grounds. The Utah Pride Center and its festival sponsors, including beer, wine and liquor sponsors, remind festival attendees to exercise good judgment when consuming alcoholic beverages, and IF YOU DRINK, DON’T DRIVE!

Family Friendly Inclusion

The Utah Pride Center recognizes and values the diversity in lifestyles within our community. In particular, we strive to provide a safe, inclusive and inviting experience for everyone. The Utah Pride Center recognizes that many festival attendees are parents who wish to bring their children to the festival. Additionally we understand that other individuals desire to freely express adult-themed content/products at the festival. For this reason “Family Hours” are designated on Saturday from 3pm-6pm. During this time we commit to providing a “Family Friendly” experience on the festival grounds. Attendees are expected to behave in a manner appropriate to a public event in the presence of children at all times. The Utah Pride Center encourages all attendees to exercise good judgment and tact while demonstrating respect for one another.

Public Decency

The Utah Pride Center respects all individuals’ freedom of expression and association, while reminding participants that nudity is illegal. Behavior outside of the bounds of the law is not endorsed by the Utah Pride Center. The Utah Pride Center encourages all attendees to refrain from public nudity and encourages parents to use their discretion to assess the age and sensitivity-level of their children in determining which events, areas, and times to bring their children.

ATM Services

Please remember that many of our vendors are not set up to accept credit cards or checks and may have a cash-only policy. With that in mind, ATM machines can be found at multiple locations on the festival grounds. There is a nominal fee to withdraw your cash from these on-site ATM machines.

Exhibitors / Vendors

We encourage you to take time to visit the more than 100+ exhibitors participating in the festival and to support the businesses and organizations that support your community. Have fun shopping and learning about these wonderful organizations.

Parking

Parking at and around the festival grounds is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking fees and time limits may apply. Please be sure to look for notices and posted warnings when you park your car. The Utah Pride Festival encourages attendees to make use of the public transportation systems that serve the festival grounds. For individuals differently-abled, limited parking is available in the lots on and around Library Square. The organizers assume no responsibility for theft or damage to vehicles. You are responsible for securing and locking your vehicle while in attendance at festival events. Vehicles found to be parked in designated reserved festival parking will be towed at the owners expense.

Food and Beverage

Each year we have a large selection of food vendors offering a wide variety of food and snacks to please individual tastes. Cold bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available at several locations on the festival grounds. Several “Free Water” stations are located on the festival grounds. Please help us keep the grounds clean by dispensing of trash and recyclable items in appropriate containers.

Children’s Area

The Utah Pride Center is pleased to announce the return of the children’s area. This area is always free to any family, however THIS IS NOT A DAYCARE SERVICE. Parents are expected to remain with their children at all times. Children left unattended may be reported to law enforcement.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found facilities are located at the Information Booth near the east stairs to the City and County building. After the festival, please call the Utah Pride Center at 801.539.8800, ext. 120 for information or to claim lost items.

Smoking and Tobacco

In accordance with City Ordinance Chapter 15.30 smoking is prohibited on the Festival grounds.

First Aid

First aid and emergency care is provided courtesy of the American Red Cross. The first aid booth is located near the east stairs to the City and County building.

ADA Services

The festival will have professional American Sign Language translators available at the North Main Stage. The Utah Pride Festival is also wheelchair accessible. The Utah Pride Center hopes to make our events accessible for all people, regardless of ability. If you have special needs, please contact the Utah Pride Center at 801.539.8800 Ext. 120, no later than Monday, May 27th.