History of the Utah Pride Festival

From its humble beginnings in 1974 as an informal gathering in the park, the Utah Pride Festival has come a long way. It is now a Salt Lake City event that grows bolder and brighter with every year, allowing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community of the Salt Lake Valley, as well as the state of Utah as a whole, to come together, celebrate, and educate.Attendance of the festival in recent years has reached over 25,000 people, and it continues to grow each year. Activities have included film festivals, marches, interfaith services, 5K charity runs, and of course, the beloved Pride Parade. A broad spectrum of people can be found at all these events, including members of the LGBTQ community, their family members, and straight allies who wish to show their support.Past festival themes have included Pride…Without Borders, United for Equality, Live Love Pride, Changing Hearts and Lives, and Gotta Be Real, Equality. Along with these themes, Grand Marshals have been appointed and honored at several Utah Pride events, including Chastity Bono, Roseanne Barr, and Dustin Lance Black.

The Utah Pride Festival is a work of love put together every June by the Utah Pride Center. We hope you join us in the coming years for the sunshine and festivities!