United States Missouri St. Louis St. Louis Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Itineraries Events All St. Louis St. Louis Gay Pride 2019 Written by Andrew Collins Facebook Andrew is an experienced writer and editor of guidebooks and articles on LGBT travel including "Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA." Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Andrew Collins Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Matthew Hurst/Flickr St. Louis Gay Pride takes place the last weekend in June—the dates for this year are June 29 and 30, 2019. This celebration includes PrideFest and its famous Pride Parade, plus a number of other events. Over the weekend, St. Louis, which is one of the Midwest's largest cities, draws significant numbers of LGBTQ folks and friends from throughout eastern Missouri, southwestern Illinois, and other neighboring states in the Mississippi River region. PrideFest and the Pride Parade are free, but a $5 donation is strongly suggested. PrideFest takes place at Soldiers' Memorial Park in downtown's beautiful Gateway Mall over two days: Saturday, June 29 Sunday, June 30 (Pride Parade begins at noon) History of St. Louis Gay Pride St. Louis Gay Pride has been a formal celebration since 1980, when hundreds of people gathered to march in The Lesbians and Gays Walk for Charity, organized by what was then called the Magnolia Committee—today it's known as the St. Louis Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration Committee. Because the event was so popular, city representatives decided to hold an annual PrideFest in June, in honor of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. Today, more than 300,000 people attend PrideFest, one of the biggest celebrations during Pride weekend, and every year, that number increases. Pride Lineup The festival includes a food court, kids and family area, dance pavilion, and a main stage featuring a slate of terrific performers. Details will be added as information becomes available; previous performers include Jordin Sparks, Laura Bell Bundy, Jessica Sanchez, Kat Deluna, Alisan Porter, Runaground, Blu Cantrell, Zach Noe Towers, Peggy Sinnott, Todd Maseterson, the Gateway Gay Men's Chorus, Kim Massie, and many others. The city's St. Louis Gay Pride Parade is held the last Sunday of June at noon and lasts about two hours. The parade runs along the Gateway Mall, beginning at 8th and Market Streets, and continuing along Market west to 18th Street. The Arch serves as the backdrop and main focal point to the parade. How to Get There PrideFest is hosted in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers' Memorial. This central location means the celebration is easily accessible by public transit such as MetroLink and MetroBus. You can also find a taxi stand at the corner of 14th and Market. Street parking is also available, and the meters are free on Sundays. St. Louis LGBTQ Resources Check local gay resources, such as Vital Voice gay newspaper, and the St. Louis-focused Boom.LGBT website for details about the local scene. Also take a look at the excellent GLBT site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Beyond Pride: 13 Unique LGBTQ+ Events Around The World An LGBTQ Travel Guide to New Orleans The Best LGBTQ+ Hidden Gem in Every State The Best Time to Visit St. Louis The Top 10 LGBTQ+ Museums in the U.S. How to Celebrate Pride in the Twin Cities My Adventures in Pride: LGBTQ+ Festivals Around the World Top Things to Do in June in St. Louis The Complete Gay Travel Guide to North Carolina Top 10 Parades in Chicago How to Celebrate Pride in Toronto The Best LGBTQ-Friendly Destinations of 2019 A LGBTQ Travel Guide to NYC LGBTQ Travel Guide: Columbus Ohio Gay Nightlife in Knoxville, Tennessee: Bars, Clubs, & More The Best Time to Visit Washington D.C.