One of the largest and oldest pride celebrations in the Midwest is returning to St. Louis for a 43rd year. This year’s PrideFest will be Saturday and Sunday in downtown St. Louis.

Jordan Braxton with Pride St. Louis said this year’s theme is “Unleash Your Pride.”

“You come and unleash whatever is bothering you or troubling you, just come and unleash your pride and show us what your pride is, what it’s all about in the way you dress, the way you act, just come and unleash your pride cause a lot of people might have, like, are hiding their pride, we don’t want you to hide your pride,” she said.

It includes musical guests, a Grand Pride Parade, a children’s and family area, and much more.

“If you’ve never seen our Grand Pride Parade, you’ve missed a lot! We are the second largest parade in St. Louis, of course, only behind Mardi Gras,” she said. “So, as you see, we have an action-packed weekend, and we encourage everyone to come down and just enjoy.”

Braxton emphasized the importance of holding this yearly festival.

“It’s important that people realize, in times like this, sometimes with all the anti-LGBTQIA bills and the anti-trans bills that are being introduced here in the state of Missouri, it is our time to put all that aside and just come out and celebrate the beauty and diversity of our community,” she explained.

The two-day free festival brings over 340,000 people to downtown St. Louis. The Grand Pride Parade is at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

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