We apologize for not bringing up pride month earlier. It is now halfway through June. We missed the Capitol City Pride Parade and the parade in Davenport.
This may be a good sign. Acceptance of alternative lifestyles now seems to be normalized. Most of us have LGBTQ family, relatives, friends or co-workers. Therefore promoting acceptance, while still important, is not as critical as it once was.
Pride month is here and there are still some good festivities to join in with. This weekend brings the festival in Iowa City. This is always a good time.
Queer Coffee Shop, 9-11 a.m., Englert Theatre.
Join Transformative Healing for coffee provided by Java House. Take a moment to cool off before the big day begins
Iowa City Pride Parade, Noon.
Join groups and businesses to celebrate LGBTQ Pride with a march around downtown Iowa City. We’re expecting a record number of parade entries — and individuals are welcome, too! Our parade Grand Marshall this year is the Rev. Anna Blaedel. Come learn all about her international leadership in challenging the Methodist Church’s condemnation of homosexuality.
PrideFest, 1-6 p.m.
All-day live entertainment, a huge vendor fair, food, and downtown businesses offering specials. Join your community for the 48th Annual Iowa City Pride Fest!
Pride in the Evening, 6-9:30 p.m.
Downtown Iowa City. The fun continues with our huge outdoor stage, with performances all night! Stars include Alisabeth Von Presley, from American Idol, and four top stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race!
The Cedar Rapids Festival is the weekend of July 7th at the New Bo City Market. This should be a good finish to the July 4th week.