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5 things not to miss at PrideFest!

by Erin Page

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OKC Pride Alliance is planning a fun weekend full of kid- and family-friendly activities at PrideFest June 24 through 26. New this year: a youth committee has planned a plethora of events for ages 13 to 20 (and yes, parents, you can come, too!)

“These events are meant to highlight LGBTQ teen excellence,” said Colin McPherson, OKC Pride Alliance youth committee chair, recent high school graduate, incoming OU student and National Guard member. “There are all of these anti-LGBTQ bills targeting LGBTQ students and teens … and until this year there wasn’t necessarily a space for teens to show their pride and talents and excellence.”

McPherson got involved in advocacy and volunteer work with OKC Pride Alliance several years ago. His idea to launch a youth committee for the 2022 PrideFest was quickly adopted by organizers — with him as chair. He hopes metro families will attend this year’s PrideFest to enjoy the talent and festivities, and that the events planned by the youth committee will help LGBTQIA+ youth (and their parents) connect with community resources and let them know they aren’t alone.

“For a really long time Pride felt like it was just for adults — but this is for families,” said McPherson. “There is space for [youth] to show their talents and foster community.”

Whether families have toddlers or teens, there will be activities for them to enjoy together this weekend. Don’t miss:

  1. Pride Parade. One of the main events of the weekend, the parade begins Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at 4th and Walker. The route travels south down Walker, makes a left on OKC Blvd and ends at Scissortail Park. Stay to enjoy all the festivities throughout the day. Find where to park here.
  2. Love’s Family Zone. Throughout the weekend, enjoy face painting, games and a drag queen story time with programming by MetroLibrary. Nearby, get resources to support youth who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community from Free Mom Hugs and Free Dad Hugs, plus find healthcare, legal and support resources from local organizations in the Community Zone.
  3. Youth Zone. McPherson and his team have planned special activities for youth ages 13 to 20 all weekend long. Check out:
    • Friday: join the youth committee to make signs for Saturday’s parade
    • Saturday at 10 a.m.: march with other youth in the Pride Parade. Free to participate with OKC Pride Alliance Youth Committee.
    • Saturday at 2 p.m. at Sky Rink: Teen Queens and Kings Drag Show. Enjoy the show or sign up to participate. Ages 13 to 20 can sign up here. The winner will perform Saturday evening on the main stage.
    • Sunday at 12 p.m.: Teen Vibes Talent Show. Enjoy music, comedy, poetry and much more. Ages 13 to 19 can sign up to share their talents here.
  4. Art & Vendor Marketplace. Check out the creations of local makers and creatives. Plus, enjoy food trucks!
  5. Live Entertainment. In addition to youth performers at Sky Rink, enjoy music, comedians, drag performers and more on the main stage. Pro tip: check the entertainment schedule here; performers with explicit language are noted so families can plan accordingly.

Bonus Youth Events During Pride Week

Pride Alliance Youth Committee is also planning several events leading up to PrideFest, including:

  • Youth Pride Night at Factory Obscura on June 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Explore Factory Obscura, plus enjoy a drag show from Patty BouRey, Nikita and Crystal Beth emceed by Councilperson James Cooper. Resources and information will be available from Sisu Youth Services, Teen Clinic at Variety Care and PERIOD OKC. This event is designed with teens in mind, but youth of all ages are welcome (with their grown-ups, if needed). Free to attend. Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance.
  • Pride Prom at Plenty Mercantile on June 24. Free to attend. Tickets are limited.

Find even more ways to celebrate Pride Month in OKC here.

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