The attractive, livable, and surprisingly progressive city of Louisville is the largest in Kentucky and also the state's center of GLBT culture. Each June, it's the site of the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, a lively two-day event of music, food, community organizing, and social hobnobbing. 2016 Pride dates are June 17 and 18.
Because Louisville is within a two- to three-hour drive of numerous cities throughout the Midwest and South, it's an especially popular gathering, drawing revelers from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, and St. Louis, to name just a few nearby cities. It's also popular with gays and lesbians in the state's second-largest city, Lexington, which holds its own Pride Festival in late June.
Louisville's Kentuckiana Gay Pride Festival includes two days (Friday and Saturday) of festivities. There's also a Ms. KPF Pageant at the Connection gay nightclub on Sunday, June 5, and a Friends of Pride party at the Belvedere. Here's a list of Kentuckiana Pride events. The Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade and Friday Night Fest takes place at 7 pm - the parade runs along Main Street from Floyd to 5th, ending at the site of the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, the Belvedere event space, which is along the downtown riverfront between 4th and 6th streets.
Downtown Louisville's Pride Festival continues all day Saturday, back at the Belvedere and features entertainment by a slew of top-rate entertainers.
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Additionally, numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check the The Word, a GLBT newspaper serving Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, for for details. Also take a look at the excellent visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.