St. Louis Gay Pride 2018

Celebrating the Gay Pride Festival in St. Louis

St Louis pridefest
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St. Louis Gay Pride takes place the last weekend in June—the dates for this year are June 22 through 24, 2018. This celebration in 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. The event is free, but a $5 donation is strongly suggested.

The major events of the weekend include PrideFest, which takes place at Soldiers' Memorial Park in downtown's beautiful Gateway Mall over three days:

  • Friday, June 22, from 4:30 pm until 11:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 23, from 11 am until 9:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 24, from 11 am until 7:30 pm (Pride Parade begins at noon)

History of St. Louis Gay Pride

St. Louis Gay Pride has been an LGBTQ celebration since 1980. Today, more than 300,000 people attend PrideFest, and every year that number increases. More than two decades ago, it started with hundreds of people gathering to march in The Lesbians and Gays Walk for Charity. Because the event was so popular, city representatives decided to hold an annual PrideFest in June, in honor of the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

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 included Jordin Sparks, comedians Zach Noe Towers, Peggy Sinnott, and Todd Maseterson, the Gateway Gay Men's Chorus, Kim Massie, and many others. Last year, headlining artists included Laura Bell Bundy, Jessica Sanchez, Kat Deluna, Alisan Porter, Runaground, and Blu Cantrell.

The city's St. Louis Gay Pride Parade is held Sunday 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 serving as the backdrop and main focal point to the parade.

St. Louis LGBTQ Resources

Check local gay resources, such as Vital Voice gay newspaper, the St. Louis-focused Boom.LGBT website, and the local LGBT Outrage Magazine, 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.

How to Get There

PrideFest is hosted in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers' Memorial. This central location means it 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.