Prepare your face for smiling, laughing, and general non-stop shenanigans. The biggest celebration in the LGBT community is ready to spill over into the American Legion Mall this Saturday. Gates open at 10 am and will continue the entire day.
The festival contiues to grow and this year features three entertainment stages; the DeKuyper Main Stage, IndyMojo Second Stage, and I94 Third Stage. There are also over 200 vendors, and over 15 different options for food.
Looking first at the main stage there are a variety of acts ranging from new singer-songwriter Steve Grand, DJ and Producer Dave Audé, Canadian rock band The Cliks, and local drag group the Indy Pride Bag Ladies. The main stage is sure to offer plenty of options for all different tastes. At 11 am the National Anthem will be sung by Holly Petree followed by opening remarks for the festival.
Looking to the second stage, IndyMojo will continue our tradition of bringing quality local acts to keep the party going. During what could have been a preview of his performance for Pride I recently caught Jackola on First Friday in the Upland Room. He mentioned that he had recently acquired a varied selection of hip-hop/pop tracks to get the day going right. With sets from DJ Deanne, Action Jackson vs. Lemi Vice, and a closing performance by breaks-boss Jeremey Daeger, the day is sure to be packed with plenty of dancing and- dare I say it- sick beats.
Local radio station i94 will produce this year’s new third entertainment stage. While the list of performers is a little shorter the effort put forth for a first time stage is well done. The stage features a number of different acts including Jessie and Amy, folk artist Megan Maudlin, rock group Mardi Belle, and long time groove performers Blue Moon Revue.
The schedule for all three stages is available here.
Don’t think that music is your only option for the day; there are over 200 different vendors who will be in attendance. Covering a range of interests as wide and varied as the attendees themselves, be sure to look for the Naptown Roller Girls, High on the Hill, the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indianapolis Kink Society, and a vendor named Get Flasky (sounds right up my alley) among many, many others.
A full map of the festival and list of all vendors is available here.
In preparation for your day of music, fun, and people watching let’s discuss a few quick rules.
- No outside Alcohol.
- Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed, however they must be in their original sealed container.
- Coolers are allowed this year however with other bags they will be subject to search. Outside food is allowed for personal use, no grills are allowed.
- Pets are allowed however, keep in mind it will be extremely hot and a large crowd; all pets must be on leashes at all times.
- This is an all ages event, so keep your clothes on! While that may be how you would like choose to express yourself, think of the children, man!
- The festival is free; however, donation buckets will be out.
- Don’t be a dick.
Good, now we are set to enjoy an awesome day celebrating diversity and the LGBT community. Now get out there and have a blast!
Check out our previous coverage of the events that led up to the parade and festival: