BATON ROUGE PRIDE FESTIVAL & AFTER HOURS
The Baton Rouge Pride Fest is designed to form a sense of community among GLBT people and their friends. It centers on an educational resource fair intended to show the variety of services, organizations and businesses available in the community, including a range from health-related and counseling services to social and business associations. That’s mixed with an atmosphere of fun, games, entertainment and the chance to get to know others in the community.
Now about to celebrate its ninth year, the Baton Rouge Pride Fest has shown phenomenal growth – moving from a few hundred participants in 2007 to around 5,500 in 2014. Based on a survey in which nearly all of the 2014 participants said they’d definitely be back this year and bring their friends, we’re expecting more than 6,000 to participate in our new Baton Rouge River Center venue this year, which makes Baton Rouge Pride the largest indoor, family friendly pride event in the South. Best of all, it’s still free admission all afternoon (from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.)
The free events for the 2015 Baton Rouge Pride festival will include:
· Resource Fair
A place for nonprofits and businesses to promote their services to the community, as well as to recruit members/volunteers/clients.There also are various health screenings and much more.
· Rainbow Stage
Continuous entertainment from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. by the Austin Babtist Women, the Krewe of Divas, Michigan Avenue, Orphan Annie, Pocket Aces, Princess Kutt, the New Orleans Gay Men’s Chorus, New Venture Theater … and others. Recognition of outstanding community leaders/allies as this year’s honorary grand marshals (Rev. Keith Mozingo and Whitney Vann). Blessing of relationships. Door prizes. And much more.
· Food and Drinks
Food and drinks will be offered for sale from the River Center concessions department, as well as potential “food truck” vendors in the neighborhood.
· Other Activities
Fun, games, special area for children, dancing, visiting with old and new friends,… and much more.
Plus New This Year – ‘Pride After Hours’:
· Special live band, dancing, entertainment and more with Mia Borders, DJ Cameron Kelly and another performance from the Austin Babtist Women.
· Reasonable admission price of $10 in advance or $20 day of show. Tickets available through River Center Box Office (no additional fees) or TicketMaster (fees apply).
Tickets are available at the River Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at-1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please contact the Baton Rouge River Center at 225-389-3030.